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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. Maciek
    Feb 23, 2005
    10
    I rarely see films twice, but
  2. DavidG.
    Mar 6, 2005
    9
    A sensitive movie about desires and decisions made so young in life it seems unfathomable. This picture did not fall into the same cliché traps of so many other films dealing with transgender do. I was moved by this film.
  3. AbbyK
    Aug 13, 2005
    8
    The cinematography was spectacular, the storytelling was captivating, and the acting was wonderfully sensitive. The fact that this story has been based on the "real" Nong Tum (correct spelling), makes the movie even more inspiring.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Feb 14, 2005
    9
    This movie was so touching and beautiful! A must-see.
  5. Jan
    Feb 20, 2005
    9
    Very good acting & fight scenes.
  6. ChadS.
    Mar 23, 2005
    7
    If the only Thai films you're familiar with are those directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, "Beautiful Boxer" will surprise you by its very mainstream sensibility. This film, with its many crane shots, in retrospective voice-overs, and aim-to-please humor, was clearly made for a general audience which would indicate that Thailand isn't plagued with If the only Thai films you're familiar with are those directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, "Beautiful Boxer" will surprise you by its very mainstream sensibility. This film, with its many crane shots, in retrospective voice-overs, and aim-to-please humor, was clearly made for a general audience which would indicate that Thailand isn't plagued with Christian fundamentalism. Although Nong faces his fair share of discrimination, it's not by the people close to him, in particular, the coach, whose reaction to his pupil's secret life is not what you'd expect. At times, the tone of "Beautiful Boxer" is all over the map, because the film tries to have it both ways. The predictable laughs that can be had at most people's perceptions that the idea of a gay boxer is an oxymoron, and also the solicitation of our sympathies when that oxymoron starts to wear down our hero. Nevertheless, Asanee Suwan is very good, and "Beautiful Boxer" tells a story that, most likely, could only have happened in Thailand. Dennis Rodman, however, would've probably played basketball in drag if he was given permission to. Expand
  7. SamJ.
    Feb 28, 2005
    10
    Exceptionally well-crafted and moving biopic that treats its subject with emotional restraint and dignity. The film boats a truly superb central performance and lush production vales. First-time Thai director brings some dramatic complexity to the material.
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 70
    Uekrongtham handles the material with reasonable restraint, and you can't help but cheer on the hero.
  2. Ekachai's film takes a more compassionate view of its subject and boasts a dynamic performance by real-life kickboxer Asanee Suwan.
  3. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    70
    Sweetly entertaining but bland biopic.