Metascore
26

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    30
    This film has all the pyschological depth of a wading pool. Anything you've imagined without seeing the movie is likely more interesting than what's here.
  2. It was probably worth every costly cent for Kim Basinger to get out of doing the dreadful Boxing Helena -- but you have to wonder whatever there was about it that persuaded her to do it in the first place. [3 Sept 1993]
  3. 10
    What Lynch, who wrote the script at 19, sees as high drama is really high camp. And Fenn seems clueless on how to play her limbless character.
  4. Just awful. But uniquely awful -- awful in a way that might just attract a cult audience. [3 Sept 1993]
  5. The whole mess turns nuttier by the second. A black comedy, you ask? I wish. There are plenty of laughs here, but nary a one is intentional.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Gingold
    30
    Lynch's fatal flaw is in her handling of the leads. Sands is made to play his single-minded romantic as a spineless, groveling wimp, while Helena is a one-note ice queen for more than half the movie, never reacting realistically to her predicament. The characters are so lacking in dimension and unsympathetic that it's hard to care about them or their story.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    30
    The numerous sex scenes are good and steamy.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    10
    A two-hour stink bomb, Boxing Helena is a pitifully pervy piece of work.
  9. 0
    A gruesome tale of obsessive love and mutilation, it's less a work of art, however, than a luridly stylish expression of female self-loathing...A prettied-up snuff movie.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 6, 2012
    6
    Almost at the close of her father's mainstream career before his descent into obscurity, Jennifer Lynch debuted with a picture that seemsAlmost at the close of her father's mainstream career before his descent into obscurity, Jennifer Lynch debuted with a picture that seems strangely familiar Full Review »
  2. Whitneymuse
    Nov 17, 2009
    8
    A movie filled with irony; So, good; I still remember it today.
  3. TonyP
    Jan 28, 2009
    8
    This movie goes places that most filmmakers don't want to go. I'll let you decide whether it's a good or bad thing. It is This movie goes places that most filmmakers don't want to go. I'll let you decide whether it's a good or bad thing. It is truly a weird and very memorable film with excellent performances from Fenn and especially Julian Sands. Full Review »