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Boxing Helena (1993)



Critic Consensus: A disturbing concept marred by graceless execution, Boxing Helena is a psychosexual drama that proves more tedious than provocative.

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Fantasy and desire are unleashed in this haunting, erotic tale of love, lust and obsession. Nick Cavanaugh is a brilliant surgeon who seems to have it all -- money, prestige, looks -- everything except Helena, a voluptuous, cold-hearted seductress. After a one-night stnad with Nick, she refuses his advances, but he continues to pursue her. WHen Helena is in a tragic accident in front of Nick's mansion, he takes her into his tome, imprisons her and transforms her into his own version of the mythic Venus. Gradually, they are both forced to confront their inner demons in torrid scenes filled with passion, voyeurism and psycho-sexual torment...all building to a shocking, not-to-be-missed conclusion.


Julian Sands
as Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
Art Garfunkel
as Lawrence
Bryan Smith
as Russell
Meg Register
as Marion Cavanaugh
Lloyd Williams
as Sam the Clerk
Ted Manson
as Mailman
Marla Levine
as Patricia
Kim Lentz
as Nurse Diane
Erik Shoaff
as Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz
as Flower Shop Girl
Adele K. Schaeffer
as Flashback Party Woman #1
Amy Levin
as Flashback Party Woman #2
Matt Berry
as Young Nick Cavanaugh
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Critic Reviews for Boxing Helena

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

Both the beauty and her beastly pursuer remain too blankly generic for the implications of the movie's main metaphor to come through vividly.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

'Boxing Helena'' is a bad film - with terrible acting, cliched dialogue, a silly script, pedestrian camera work and inferior direction.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It's probably just as well that last-minute dropouts Kim Basinger or Madonna didn't take the title role, as the presence of a star lurking powerlessly on the little platform no doubt would have been distracting and more laughable than it [is] now.

February 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Grotesquely misconceived.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fairly provocative and not nearly as bad as critics claimed when it was released, but still intellectually half-baked.

September 17, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

s. Lynch has both talent and a point. Her film is by no means the gory, exploitative quasi-pornography that it sounds like from afar.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Boxing Helena

Okay, I know this film is horrible and I really, really need to defend myself on this one. Firs off, no. I did not like it because of its campiness (it helped, yes, but it was not the main reason that attracted me to it). I genuinely enjoyed it. Sure, the film is the kind of weird shit you avoid on a regular basis with NBC's soap operas and Julian Sands deserves the Razzie award of the century for his terrible, off-putting performance. But, and this is a great but, it still remains a Sherilyn Fenn vehicle. I mean, even though she has to sink deep down with the material, Fenn still gives a compelling and convincing performance as the titular character; Fenn has so many intriguing qualities to herself, with her beautiful face, sexy voice and the stunning way she could freeze any man with her stare. I mean, she was freaking Audrey Horne and she is definitely one of the most amazingly talented and criminally underrated actresses ever! I love this movie because it at least gives me the opportunity to see her, hear her and be in awe by her. And, surprisingly, I was not bored; the film just goes by without dragging or anything.

Quinto Wallight
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer


Strange story of obsession, domination and sexual inadequacy as well as writer-director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shoots for the same hypererotic feel that marks the films of her father, David Lynch.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Tepid tale of warped obsession plays out like half-assed DePalma fare.

William Goss
William Goss

Super Reviewer

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