“Always Look On The Blind Side/”
“Best Movie Of 2009”
“The Story Of Leigh Anne Tuohy...not Michael Oher.”
“"LBind To The Producers True Story Behind This..Racism....Saying Whites Are Better Than Blacks"”
“Here Comes The True Story Of Michael Oher!”
“...impossible Not To Be Swept Away By Its Charisma...”
“The Sandra Bullock Project”
“This Is By Far A Tie With Avatar For Best Movie Of The Year!!”
“The Rise Of Michael Oher”
“You Can Thank Me Later!”
“Unique To The Sports Genre, It Never Relies On Convention To Tell It’s True Story. Instead, It Derives Emotional Heart And Triumphant Candor From Its Finely Tuned Characters. Sure, It’s Kind Of Cheesy. But That Plays Directly Into Its Sincerity. ”
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
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