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The Blind Side (2009)

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Critic Consensus: It might strike some viewers as a little too pat, but The Blind Side has the benefit of strong source material and a strong performance from Sandra Bullock.

Movie Info

Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama inspired by author Michael Lewis' best-seller The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Michael Oher was living on the streets when he was welcomed into the home of a conservative suburban family, but over time he matured into a talented athlete. As the NFL draft approaches, fans and sports radio personalities alike speculate that Oher will be the hottest pick of the year. Sandra Bullock stars in a film written and directed by John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Alamo). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Lee Hancock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2010
Box Office: $255.9M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Sandra Bullock
as Leigh Anne Tuohy
Tim McGraw
as Sean Touhy
Quinton Aaron
as Michael Oher
Ray McKinnon
as Coach Cotton
Jae Head
as S.J. Touhy
Lily Collins
as Collins Touhy
Kim Dickens
as Mrs. Boswell
Adriane Lenox
as Denise Oher
Kathy Bates
as Miss Sue
Catherine Dyer
as Mrs. Smith
Andy Stahl
as Principal Sandstrom
Tom Nowicki
as Literature Teacher
Libby Whittemore
as Sarcastic Teacher
Brian Hollan
as Jay Collis
Melody Weintraub
as History Teacher
Dr. Sharon Morris Ma...
as Investigator Granger
Omar J. Dorsey
as "Big Tony" Hamilton
Omar Dorsey
as "Big Tony" Hamilton
Paul Amadi
as Steven Hamilton
Eaddy Mays
as Elaine
Stacey Turner
as DMV Employee
Elizabeth Omilami
as CPS Employee
Elisabeth Omilami
as CPS Employee
Afemo Omilami
as CPS Caseworker
Patrick G. Keenan
as Man in CPS LIne
Maria Howell
as CPS Welfare Worker
Patrick J. Keenan
as Man in CPS Line
Eric Benson
as Milford #66
David Dwyer
as Milford Dad
Catherine Combs
as Collins's Friend #1
Kelly Johns
as Collins's Friend #2
Robert Pralgo
as Lemming's Associate
Whitney Branan
as Lemming's Secretary ...
Brian Sutherin
as Lemming's Secretary ...
Rachel St. Gelais
as Little Girl on Playg...
Brandon Rivers
as Michael Age Seven
Jody Thompson
as Paramedic
James Donadio
as Photographer
L. Warren Young
as Big and Tall Salesma...
Brett Rice
as Cousin Bobby
Kevin Nichols
as Memphis Policeman
Preston Brant
as Michael's Brother
Matthew Atkinson
as Valet Parker
Trey Best
as Michael's Brother Ag...
Omid Soltani
as Rug Salesman
Destiny Long
as Alton's Girlfriend
April Rich
as Teacher in Lounge
Jaye Tyroff
as Milford Player #35
Ben Keen
as Wingate Quarterback
John Newberg
as Official
John Henry Hancock
as Rabid Ole Miss Fan
Joe Chrest
as Clemson Coach
Michael Fisher
as Georgia Assistant Co...
Lamont Koonce
as Tennessee Assistant ...
Phil Fulmer
as Himself
Lou Holtz
as Himself
Tom Lemming
as Himself
Houston Nutt
as Himself
Ed Orgeron
as Himself
Nick Saban
as Himself
Rob Pralgo
as Lemming's Associate
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News & Interviews for The Blind Side

Critic Reviews for The Blind Side

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (34)

The movie is done with crispness, vigor, down-home humor, and an over-all tang of good feeling, but the pushing of buttons is the work of extraordinary calculation.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

As a fable about the power of giving, it hits pretty hard.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is very familiar -- you've seen it all before -- but it succeeds at achieving its modest goals.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's certainly a heartwarming tale and Bullock delivers a big, ballsy performance as the indomitable Tuohy - but Oscar-worthy? What were they thinking?

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
American Profile

Audience Reviews for The Blind Side

although this film has its cliche moments, it is far better than the normal run of the mill feel good sports movie. bullock and bates were both very good, and michael oher's story is a special one. the film was filmed especially well and most of the dialogue was compelling. a rare film among recent sports films in that i strongly recomend it.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

A patronizing drama that uses a manipulative narrative structure to make you buy its disgusting message that for a black young boy like Big Mike to succeed in life he should follow what he is told by his "white Republican saviors", for they always know best.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Sandra Bullock is rapid and compelling in this true story of tragedy-turned-triumph. The Blind Side is an enjoyable that some may consider a bit too soft or safe. Though it won't completely win moviegoers over, they'll still be in awe of the bold lead actress. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The Blind Side Quotes

Elaine: (talking about the Tuohy's Christmas card with Michael in it) He looks so big compared to you like Jessica Lange next to King Kong. (amidst chuckles)
Beth: Hey, does Michael get the family discount at Taco Bell? Because if he does that Sean is gonna lose a few stores.
Leigh Anne Tuohy: He's a good kid.
Elaine: Well, I say that you make it official and adopt him. (laughs)
Leigh Anne Tuohy: He's gonna be eighteen in a few months but it doesn't make much sense to legally adopt. (they all stare at her)
Sherry: Leigh Ann, is this sort of white guilt thing?
Elaine: What would your Daddy say?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Leigh Anne Tuohy: One-Mississippi - Joe Theismann, the Redskins quarterback takes the snap and hands-off to his runnin' mate. Two-Mississippi - it's a trick play, a flea-flicker. And the runnin' back tosses back to the quarterback. Three-Mississippi - up 'til now the play's been defined by what he doesn't. Four-Mississippi - Lawrence Taylor is the best defensive player in the NFL. And has been from the time that he walked onto the field as a rookie. He will also change the game of football as we know it... Legendary quarterback Joe Theismann never played another down of football.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Leigh Anne Tuohy: We have been here for an hour, and all I see is people shootin' the bull and drinkin' coffee. I wanna know who runs this joint?
CPS Welfare Worker: (points to a picture of George W. Bush)
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Leigh Anne Tuohy: The seconds between the snap of the ball and the snap of the first bones is closer to 4 seconds than 5.
– Submitted by Brandon P (2 years ago)

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