The Blind Side Reviews

  • 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

  • (The Blind Side movie review at Variety)

    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

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