Boxing Helena

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  • Summary: Fantasy and desire are unleashed in this haunting, erotic tale of love, lust and obsession. Nick Cavanaugh (Sands) is a brilliant surgeon who seems to have it all -- money, prestige, looks -- everything except Helena (Fenn), a voluptuous, cold-hearted seductress. After a one-night stnad withFantasy and desire are unleashed in this haunting, erotic tale of love, lust and obsession. Nick Cavanaugh (Sands) is a brilliant surgeon who seems to have it all -- money, prestige, looks -- everything except Helena (Fenn), 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. (MGM) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    75
    Not as worthless as you may have heard. [10 Sept 1993]
  2. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    60
    Ultimately, Ms Lynch has nowhere to take her erotic parable except to a dead end, but she makes the unfolding of the story a spooky, engrossing process. [9 Sept 1993, p.C1]
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Tom Green
    50
    Even if the script delivered, the film would frankly be overwhelmed by the volume of noteriety that has attended it. [3 Sept 1993]
  4. 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.
  5. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    25
    Just awful. But uniquely awful -- awful in a way that might just attract a cult audience. [3 Sept 1993]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Whitneymuse
    Nov 17, 2009
    8
    A movie filled with irony; So, good; I still remember it today.
  2. 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. Collapse
  3. 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 Expand

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