Released 2005


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Lee Daniels
Shadowboxer is a 2005 crime thriller from Teton Films and Lee Daniels Entertainment. A worldly and terminally afflicted Rose (Helen Mirren, The Queen, Excaliber, State of Play, Calendar Girls) is a hired hit woman who has brought up Mikey (Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jerry Maguire) to be her co-assassin as well as her very young lover. The two function well as a team and succeed in making a handsome living by killing people to whom they are assigned by a wheelchair-ridden broker. But when one of the marks is big time crime boss Clayton (Stephen Dorff, Blade) and his wife Vickie (Vanessa Ferlito, Death Proof), all goes well until Rose faces the problem that Vickie is pregnant, a fact that seems to create a sense of guilt and loss and causes her not only to spare her, but also to deliver the male child. After calling in a corrupt doctor Dr. Don (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brick) and is lover/nurse Precious (Mo'Nique) to help them out, Rose and Mikey harbor the new mother and child and sequester themselves to raise the child, a life style that allows Mikey to continue his assassin jobs while Rose finds happiness raising the young boy. But of course eventually the evil Clayton disrupts the flow of goodwill, gains information from Precious after an adulterous office tryst, and it is face to face between Clayton and his wife and son and Rose and Mikey.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A gaudy thriller saturated in sex and violence, is an extravagance that leaves you with your mouth hanging open - partly in admiration of its audacity and partly in disbelief at it...

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Admirably jostles and upends the fatigued killer-for-hire genre.

  • 0

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It doesn't take long to figure out that Shadowboxer 's Helen Mirren, as a cancer-ridden hitwoman, and Cuba Gooding Jr., as her doting stepson, are the most unconvincing team of hir...

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Thrillers, Crime