What The Blind Side offers is a kind of liberal Hollywood version of conservative values: all rock-solid valor, all the time.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A movie made up almost entirely of turning points and yet curiously devoid of drama or suspense.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A Photoshopped image of reality that is bland, parochial, and stereotypically acted by a cast who have nothing like the subtlety and range of Trey Parker's puppets from Team America: World Police.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Its superficiality keeps it from being the moving story it could have been.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While it's possible to be enormously entertained and moved by The Blind Side, it's also possible to harbor a twinge of misgiving.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Ohera(TM)s life is meant to make us feel good, and it mostly does. But how good we feel about his story is proportional to how blind wea(TM)re willing to be about how ita(TM)s told.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
In every scene, Oher is instructed, lectured, comforted, or petted like a big puppy; he is merely a cipher.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Writer-director John Lee Hancock has turned Oher's remarkable life into a Hollywood fable that trades difficult truths for easy cliches.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Upon seeing [Bullock's] Oscar-worthy performance is "finally!" followed quickly by, "Why the heck did it take so long?"
Michael Granberry - Dallas Morning News
We never learn why Leigh Anne is so fearless, but Bullock is the force here. McGraw is an amiable anchor to her bull-by-the-horns portrayal.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
'The Blind Side' may not make the All-American sports movies team, but it plays with plenty of heart.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
The Blind Side fumbles a remarkable, true story of an African-American product of the West Memphis projects who ended up at a Christian school and in the care of a wealthy white family, and then went on to professional football glory.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
However obvious, The Blind Side is touching -- despite its habit of dropping major character notes into the melody without warning.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Watching The Blind Side, I felt my emotions being stage-managed, but once or twice I got something in my eye.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's a cute, touchy-feely crowd pleaser that wants nothing more than to wrap audiences in a warm holiday embrace. In a sense, it achieves that goal, but it is overly sentimental in a Lifetime movie kind-of-way.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Jeremy Gerard - Variety
Another uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
Joe Leydon - Variety
What makes The Blind Side a Thanksgiving treat is director Hancock's subtle touch and admirable refusal to yield to sports movie cliches, something he did previously with The Rookie and Remember the Titans.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The movie's a pretty conventional feel-good sports drama in many ways. But Bullock and Aaron give it heart that transcends the genre.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The movie glosses over the deeper issues of the tale, ones dealing with race, poverty, privilege and ethics, opting for the feel-good quick hit that makes the overall experience unsatisfying.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
What a drag that, one year into Obama's presidency, American films remain so careful about depicting black actors.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
The problem with a story that's almost too good to be true is that someone in Hollywood will try to make it better.
Josh Levin - Slate
Some will doubtlessly dismiss The Blind Side as another example of a heroic white person saving a black victim but, although there is an element of truth in that perfunctory description, it misses the point.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Missed opportunities and surface gestures aside, Hancock draws affable, energetic performances from all concerned.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Writer-director John Lee Hancock wisely lets the true story of Michael Oher speak for itself.
Glenn Whipp - Associated Press
If Frank Capra was still around, director John Lee Hancock might have had to fight him for the job.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
It's certainly a heartwarming tale and Bullock delivers a big, ballsy performance as the indomitable Tuohy - but Oscar-worthy? What were they thinking?
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Serves its purpose by making the audience tear up in some moments and cheer in others. It's a total button-pusher, but it does so in a very good way.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Football may the thread that runs throughout, but the movie is much more interested in the tale of how Oher left behind a life of poverty, violence and foster-home despair to become a champ on the gridiron.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
A living tribute to fundamental Christian motivations, although the point is hammered home with an extraordinarily soft touch: Love thy neighbor.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
You're going to be crying by the end.
Dave White - Movies.com
The Blind Side, which has reportedly made close to 200 million dollars, is based on a true story (the operative word is "based," of course).
Dan Callahan - House Next Door
Sing it together with me my brothers, thank the Lawd for he created the white man that he might teach them po' negroes the value of good Christian chariddy.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
While The Blind Side constantly threatens to deteriorate into sentimental saccharine, it never does. Bullock's accent grates at first, but she bonds well with McGraw
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
A nice-as-pie story that lacks any real tension or drama and threatens repeatedly to veer into sappy territory, yet somehow, just through foolhardy "goodness", manages to be consistently enjoyable (if a little slight) for its two hours.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Although based in reality, John Lee Hancock's tale never seems more than just a more serious version of TV's Different Strokes or Webster.
James Croot - Flicks.co.nz
It often feels like a Republican curative for Precious.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
Sports movie carefully sidesteps the issue of race and stereotypes
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Una cinta amena, sencilla de digerir y apta para toda la familia, una fabula de la vida real de las que pocas veces suceden y cuando lo hacen, son dignas de llevarlas a la pantalla.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
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Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Enjoyable, mass-market crowd pleaser that allowed Sandra Bullock to win an honorable Best Actress Oscar as the Republican spitfire who takes up the cause of a homeless teenager who just so happens to also be an outstanding left tackle.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Some will find it overly sentimental but it does succeed in pulling at the heartstrings - and Sandy proves she really can act.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The Blind Side wears its heart on its shoulder padding for the entire 128 minutes and eventually, the wholesomeness of the characters, pulling together for a common cause, wins us over.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Bullock turns in a terrific, ball-breaking performance. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is painfully patronising.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
Here is a movie that honours a downtrodden financial, racial and political minority: rich, white southern Republicans who carry guns and aren't afraid to threaten black people with them.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's clumsy, obvious film-making but then if you buy into it, well, it's kind of lovably basic in its emotional button pushing.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
You will be moved, but at the price of any nuance or complexity.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
Oher's miserable start in life shouldn't have happened, but it did -- and The Blind Side is a film that shouldn't work, but does.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
It's a celluloid version of Paul McCartney and Stevie's Wonder's Ebony and Ivory, one in which pious, infantilizing didacticism masquerades as humanitarianism.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
You have to keep reminding yourself that The Blind Side is based on real events. It seems much more like a cannily concocted, sugar-coated fairytale designed to inspire and uplift.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It's all a bit too pat and convenient, and sadly, a little bit racist.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Shows that America, for all its loudhailed Christianity, doesn't really need God at all. It just needs Sandra Bullock and her like.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
There are several good scenes, even if you can spot the Oscar / trailer clips a mile away, such as when one of Leigh Anne's stuck-up friends remarks "You're changing that boy's life" and she replies, "Nope. He's changing mine."
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Quite how Sandra Bullock deserved an Oscar for her one-note turn as bleached supermum Leigh-Anne is a mystery, since it transforms a potentially worthwhile character study into a grandstanding star vehicle.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
A few momentary hiccups aside, the film plays out in sickly-sweet fashion, relentlessly shoving the Touhy's self-righteous values down the audiences' throat and never bothering to consider the wider social ramifications...
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Bullock has pulled a blinder herself. It's a doughty performance, and worth singling out.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
It does the crowd-pleasing act almost perfectly.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Bullock is certainly likable, but the fact that her performance (let alone the movie itself) is considered Oscar-worthy is ludicrous.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
The movie's obsessed with the Tuohy clan's constant kindness towards Mike, and the social knock-on effects for them. But it barely gives a second thought to the poor sod's own struggle with suddenly finding himself a charity case.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
With far less potential than Precious, superior production values and the willingness to tell the story in a straightforward way prove to be the right formula.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It pushed my outrage buttons like no movie since those Ghetto-bots in Transformers 2 admitted they didn't know how to read.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Hancock tugs at the heart strings and wrings the tear ducts with the same ruthless efficiency as a Superbowl playbook.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Whether the movie was worthy of Oscar consideration is another matter, but there is little doubt it is uplifting and inspirational.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Un drama sencillo y humano, inspirado en una historia real, cuyo principal atractivo es Sandra Bullock en un ligero cambio de tono. No es el primer drama en el que participa, pero si su labor dramatica mas convincente hasta la fecha.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Cannot be denied its to-be-reckoned-with sincerity.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
The fact that The Blind Side is a terrible movie must be approached gingerly.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Some situations seem very contrived, but ultimately there's no doubting that Bullock has created a memorable character in Leigh Anne.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
There are several ouch-worthy moments like this in The Blind Side, but they are spaced just far enough apart not to devalue the real worth of Michael Oher's story.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The Blind Side is a big budget, well crafted and finely honed... movie of the week.
Giles Hardie - smh.com.au
It's so cliched and so patronising and there's more than a whiff of racism.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
A gratifying yet grounded drama whose exemplary cast propel the action and tug at the heart-strings. Recommended.
Dean Essner - V Music
The film is also up for an Oscar but will surely fall into the "it's an honour just to be nominated" category. Still, it's an enjoyable film and arguably Bullock's best.
Colin Newton - Courier Mail (Australia)
It's a wonderful role for Bullock, who delivers her best performance yet
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The story is told in the recognisable Hollywood manner, polished and packaged, but that doesn't detract from its impact.. it also tackles some of the darker materials of the story
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Though not without its racist undertones, [the film] manages to take an inspiring story and use it to compose an entertaining and compelling tale...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The so-called "feel-good" film functioning as a well-timed balm for the conflicted soul of white America. But rather than a clear-eyed look at the disparity between upper-crust suburbs and a cross-town ghetto, we get gloss of the highest order.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
A sports drama that's more about the melodrama and less about the sport.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
If Sandra Bullock weren't already a star, a star-making turn this would be.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
John Lee Hancock's quasi docu-dramatization of Michael Lewis' book ... scores well in the basics of bringing this inspirational story to the screen but fumbles the chance for greatness due to the preponderance of one-dimensional characters.
S. James Wegg - JWR
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Writer-director John Lee Hancock wants to say something meaningful about racism, but he can't even get the football parts of his film right.
Tim Grierson - The Simon
It's the deft, simple manner in which the story is told that brings it all together into a feel-good movie that rises above its inherent cliches
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
By avoiding excessive cliche and maintaining a simple and optimistic attitude throughout, and with a healthy dose of comedy, "The Blind Side" ends up being one of the best sports films of recent years.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Overall a sweet tale of a kid being given a chance when he seemed all but lost, and the performances of Bullock and Aaron. It's worth a look.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
... An unabashed feel-good movie and one of the best of its kind in recent memory.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
There's potential there for cloying, movie-of-the-week formula, but Hancock deftly dodges it. The Blind Side ends up being a tear-jerker, a heart-warmer and a crowd-pleaser all in one.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
In a year that produced garbage like "The Blind Side", you have to wonder how much progress has been made in Hollywood since "Gone With the Wind".
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
[T]his utterly unsurprising, unchallenging feel-good flick mostly ignores larger social concerns in telling its implausible tale...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
What saves the movie, insofar as it is saved, is the absolute commitment of the filmmakers... all of whom either don't notice or don't care how very pwecious their scenario is.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
takes what could have been a cliche three-hanky tearjerker designed to assuage white guilt and turn it into something deeper and more meaningful
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The black kid is the MacGuffin around which revolves the affected lives of white people.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Has quite a lot in common with Precious, although this is a much more mainstream movie with a more white-liberal perspective
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
If ever Sandra Bullock had Oscar nomination potential, it comes in her canny performance as a Southern Republican with a heart of gold.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
... presents the upbeat family-film playbook with no surprises, but if you're in the mood for a feel-good flick, this is an excellent choice.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The pile-on of big emotional moments, accompanied by big music, is overwhelming. This is a movie demanding to be loved.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Veers a bit close... to Capra territory, but its sure, honest touch carries it effortlessly into the end zone.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Subtlety is horse-collared in John Lee Hancock's disappointingly Lifetime-ish sports film. It lacks the subtlety or nuance of his "The Rookie" and is borderline offensive in spots, but Sandra Bullock easily delivers her career's best performance.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
I really wanted to like John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side. In fact, I wanted to love it.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
In the movie The Blind Side, truth is sacked and authenticity is fumbled -- all in the name of cheerleading. The Blind Side is not true -- it is a crowd-pleasing white wash.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Institutional racism as inspirational melodrama, it's regressive entertainment, our very own Triumph of the Will.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A movie that inspires. Sandra Bullock is refreshingly different and gives a superb performance. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Don't turn a blind eye to "The Blind Side" as it is one of the best films this year!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Hardly the most daring, profound or clever picture of the year, but certainly one of the most touching.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
If not for Sandra Bullock...The Blind Side would have drowned in its own mediocrity.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Incessantly positive because it's about good deeds and its ripple effects.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Sandra Bullock finally reaches her potential in this heart-warming true story,...a terrific movie.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
The kind of film that works on you while you're watching it, but is finally like a second helping of dessert that leaves you feeling ever so slightly sick afterwards.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
We all want Big Mike to be saved from the life so many are stuck with. I'm simply shocked Bullock was up to the task of doing the saving. Yes, it appears I was blindsided.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Blind Side uses old playbook to jerk tears.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Unfortunately, it had to battle against the dumb, romantic juggernaut New Moon. Sandra Bullock and company will give you many more moments of enjoyment than any lame hormonally-challenged vampire-werewolf can offer.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
Potentially culturally offensive and overly schmaltzy, The Blind Side instead threads an almost impossible needle, pulling off a surprisingly moving and inspirational story of compassion, self-discovery and hope.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
For many African-Americans, The Blind Side will be familiar with its elements of 'The Great White Hope' and 'The Magical Negro.' But, this is a true story. You can't hate a story for being true, even if it might channel legendary Hollywood stereotypes.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Yes, this feel-good sports/biographical drama is predictable and by-the-numbers. Yet for the most part, this cinematic "comfort food" goes down pretty well.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Sandra Bullock shows her acting talent in this uplifting movie that entertains on all levels
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
...an affable (if entirely unremarkable) piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Even if it weren't true, The Blind Side would be a special film.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
It's a feel-good movie that could have been a more intellectual, honest exercise, but it's still a feel-good movie that works on its own terms.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
While terrorism thrillers may be high on Hollywood's to-do list lately, movies about escape from the rumored terrors of ghetto life by unusually large people, may not be far behind.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
An antiseptic answer to Precious designed for the tweener demographic.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Will never be remembered as one of the best sports films, but it may go down as one of the feel-good movies of the year and possibly as Sandra Bullock's best.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Despite being factual strains credibility.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Writing is real-life strong, directing perfect, Bullock makes you believe she has lived this life, and McGraw can give up the road. He's got an effortless charm.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Yes, it is one of the more tired genres around, and no, it's not as good as the book. But "The Blind Side," is a nice surprise- a heartfelt drama that tells an amazing story remarkably well.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Hollywood nearly ruins a great true story like The Blind Side by piling on the schmaltz.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
OK, Sandra Bullock. I publicly forgive you for the ghastly 'All About Steve.'
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
I sure wish Sandra Bullock would get out of the business of making crappy rom-coms and make more movies like The Blind Side ...
Kim Voynar - Movie City News
'The Blind Side' is an emotionally uplifting tale in which Sandra Bullock excels in her best performance since 'Crash.'
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
The movie contains enough humor and heartbreak (though next to no dramatic tension) to make it an engaging if undemanding experience.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Bullock's the main reason to see the film: She's believably feisty and funny as an ex-college cheerleader turned into a strong-minded, NRA card-carrying Southern belle with whom you should not mess.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
In probably her best performance ever, Sandra Bullock is downright brilliant. As in CRASH, Bullock proves again that she is much better at drama than comedy.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Sarah Palin isn't the only gun-toting, ex-cheerleader, conservative Christian sports mom back in the news. This week also gives us Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Blond, brisk and all business, [Bullock is] easily the best thing about the film, which otherwise slumps into a cloying, condescending morass that doesn't do her fine work any favors.
S.T. VanAirsdale - Movieline
The filmmakers pay lip service to the story's racial undertones without ever really rocking the leaky boat.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Bullock adds two extra dimensions to her usual one-dimensional, cutesy, addle-brained personality and gives the performance of her life.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A Hollywoody realization of a great real life triumph. Has its faults, but nicely directed, acted and edited, on the whole.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Dawn Taylor - Movies.com
Syrupy sports drama uplifts but glosses over deep issues.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Judging by the awful trailers, I did not think in a million years I would see a wonderful true story that perfectly balanced comedy and drama. Bullock was fantastic.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Dean Essner - National Post
There are so many ways this film could have gone badly, but writer/director John Lee Hancock has taken Michael Lewis' book of the same title and made it into a believable, non-sentimental movie.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
...it reminds us that initial impressions can be deceiving.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
... could wind up giving inspirational sports pictures a good name.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
I believe the real Leigh Anne Tuohy did a wonderful, selfless thing and I told her so when I interviewed her. She deserves a better movie to be made about her.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
See it for the heartwarming story it is, and for Sandra Bullock's best movie in quite a while.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
To paraphrase a quote from an ex-NFL coach, The Blind Side is what we thought it would be, but it's also a whole lot more.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The film is played with a focus on low-key charm and quiet drama, and there's a warm, human sense of humor.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Especially effective is the gently comic interplay between the solemn Michael (Aaron has little dialogue but speaks volumes through his expressive eyes) and Bullock's pushy Southern mama, who has a firm grip on tough love and usually gets what she wants.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The Blind Side is a terrifically touching, thoroughly entertaining film.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A mostly heartfelt, compelling and inspirational albeit occasionally contrived sports drama.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Recycles the charitable messages of other religion-based films, from "Facing the Giants" to "Fireproof," but presents them in an accessible, mainstream package.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
The Blind Side is only ambitious enough to be a solid, earnest -- if long -- crowd pleaser.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
It's hard to overlook that while Michael's benefactors are white, the villains in the movie are black.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It speaks of faith, hope and charity with the down-to-earth tones and rhythms of a high school percussion band in a Thanksgiving Day parade.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
"This feels way too manipulative to be taken seriously"
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
I should hate this movie with every ounce of my being (and that's alot of ounces). Yet, it has a certain charm that draws you in like the girl next door.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Surely post-recession America will turn out in droves for this cinematic version of a hug. But should they?
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Hancock mostly restricts the story's scope to its heartwarming bits and begs off any serious investigation of race. The reason, of course, is that this isn't that kind of movie. But I couldn't help but wish that it were.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
A feel-good sports drama about the intersection of race and athletics, with solid if unremarkable performances that strains just a little too hard for social relevance
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Take a real-life story like The Blind Side, which on the surface sounds pretty sappy, and turn it into something honest, heartfelt and surprisingly inspirational.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Works in its own simple way because we believe and connect to these characters.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Except for a few crude exchanges,The Blind Side is almost as squeaky-clean as an old Disney movie. Unfortunately, it can also be just as cute and condescending.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
Hancock sands down the rough spots of Oher's story, but he also polishes to a glow the family ties that grow between Oher and the Touhys.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Speaking of being blindsided, The Blind Side is good enough to make me almost forgive Sandra Bullock for All About Steve
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Director John Lee Hancock defuses class resentment by making sure that everybody in the family is as adorable as possible...
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Without adding too much cheese, director John Lee Hancock channels genuine emotion from the Michael Lewis book (and the reality) that prompted this moving chronicle.
Chris Faraone - Boston Phoenix
The Blind Side is less interesting for its milquetoast biopic character than for Sandra Bullock's inherently likable wealthy do-gooder.
Chris Cox - Hollywood.com
Feels less like a true story than a synopsis.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Some true stories, however pleasant, just don't make for interesting movies.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The movie's title refers to the area of a football field that the left tackle protects, but it could easily refer to an audience unaware of its prejudices.
Aaron Cutler - Slant Magazine
...had its heart in the right place, but in order to have a shred of believability, it needed more grit. The Tuohys are cardboard saints with a big bank account and Oher is their big lump of clay.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If you're looking for an uplifting sports story, this one, familiar as it is, manages a winning score.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The tender interaction between Leigh Anne and Michael sustains the Blind tension, not plastic acts of tragedy or insensitive supporting characters. Too bad Leigh Anne wasn't allowed in the editing room to knock some sense into Hancock.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Insightful, inspiring and football-themed - what could be timelier for Thanksgiving?
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
If a Hallmark greeting card could throw up, the puke would come in the form of The Blind Side.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Lewis' earlier and even better sports book, Moneyball, also is in a turbulent journey toward the big screen, but after this film, he may hope it never gets there.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Sandra Bullock is two for three in 2009.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It is easily Bullocks best performance over a career that spans two decades.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
A wonderful feel-good fact-based sports story about the gifts of nurturing love and a redefinition of family values.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
If someone were telling you this story, you might say, "Wow. That's something." Even so, the narrative is not quite big enough to bear the weight and significance that writer-director John Lee Hancock tries to attach to it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Director John Lee Hancock's only aiming for a crowd pleaser, and by not challenging the established playbook for inspirational sports dramas, he's no doubt got one.
Bob Mondello - NPR
This movie is smarter than it had to be, which gives its emotional core even more of punch.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
'The Blind Side' inspires despite average filmmaking that's incapable of probing deeply enough into the story's racial dynamics.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
There's real ambiguity in the Oher case, but writer-director John Lee Hancock papers over it; it's possible to see the Tuohys as generous, caring people without brushing off their less-altruistic reasons for sponsoring Oher.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Jim Bartoo - Hollywood.com
Bullock is back - when she tells Coach Cotton how to play Michael, she's like a clove of garlic in an onion bag.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
All Bullock's films promote an edifying sense of human experience -- she has an instinct for what people like to see -- and that gift makes The Blind Side the perfect, God-sent antidote to Precious.
Armond White - New York Press
It's just blinkered middle-class pandering at its most shameless.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Sandra Bullock renders a strong performance as the feisty Southern belle in this inspirational sports saga, but the film is too conventional and doesn't offer a deep look into the psychology of the players or the interracial subtext.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Ultimately, race has nothing to do with the truth of the emotions this film elicits from an audience. It's a solid movie, whether you're color blind or not.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Bullock may have found her Erin Brockovich in Tuohy, commanding the screen with grit and determination in an Oscar-worthy role if ever there was one.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Its m.o. isn't understanding or identification, just white self-congratulation.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)