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The Blind Side (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 129 | Rotten: 67

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.

52

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 15

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.

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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

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Drama, Sports & Fitness, Comedy

John Lee Hancock

Mar 23, 2010

$255.5M

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All Critics (196) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (67) | DVD (11)

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.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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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.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Its superficiality keeps it from being the moving story it could have been.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (9)
USA Today
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However obvious, The Blind Side is touching -- despite its habit of dropping major character notes into the melody without warning.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Oherâ(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 weâ(TM)re willing to be about how itâ(TM)s told.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Writer-director John Lee Hancock has turned Oher's remarkable life into a Hollywood fable that trades difficult truths for easy clichés.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (5)
New York Daily News
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The movie is very familiar -- you've seen it all before -- but it succeeds at achieving its modest goals.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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?

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

A living tribute to fundamental Christian motivations, although the point is hammered home with an extraordinarily soft touch: Love thy neighbor.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

You're going to be crying by the end.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
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).

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door | Comment (1)
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.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (12)
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

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The Blind Side's heart is in the right place--how could it not be, it's got so much to go around--but that's about all that is. There's a good story in there, one that's probably worth experiencing, but load up on insulin before you go.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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.

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard

Generally enjoyable, but it isn't until the credits roll that you'll realize what a major sentimental impact it has on you.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

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.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

It often feels like a Republican curative for Precious.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: The Vine | Comments (4)
The Vine

Sports movie carefully sidesteps the issue of race and stereotypes

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comments (2)
Movie Habit

Una cinta amena, sencilla de digerir y apta para toda la familia, una fábula de la vida real de las que pocas veces suceden y cuando lo hacen, son dignas de llevarlas a la pantalla.

April 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

It's guaranteed to make you feel all fuzzy and warm inside and the saintly Bullock makes up for the disastrous (and Razzie award-winning) All About Steve.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

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April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

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.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo | Comments (2)
Liverpool Echo

Audience Reviews for The Blind Side

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.
March 9, 2014
blacksheepboy

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
July 28, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Sometimes a feel is so deeply humane and kind-hearted that you're almost waiting for the shoe to drop. This simply does not happen here, even though you kind of expect it to after the introduction. Fact is, the story of a rich family helping out a black sports talent and basically turning into his new family is really well done, acted and very touching. Sometimes the sugar-coating is maybe a bit much, but you can't blame a film for telling a true story. The complete lack of cynicism may not be for everyone but if you're ever asked how to define a feel good movie, you can refer to this one.
June 28, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Sandra Bullock does give a great performance, and the story is a great one. But the film overall is rather weak, especially due to less-than-stellar performances from Bullock's costars.
March 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (17 days ago)
    1. Michael Oher: Ms. Touhy?
    2. Leigh Anne Tuohy: I hear Ms. Touhy I look over my shoulder for my mother-in-law.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (46 days ago)
    1. Coach Cotton: What did you say to him?
    2. Leigh Anne Tuohy: You should really get to know your players. Michael scored in the ninety eight percentile in protective instincts.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (46 days ago)
    1. Leigh Anne Tuohy: I'd like to become a legal guardian.
    2. CPS Welfare Worker: God help the child.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (46 days ago)
    1. Michael Oher: Mr. Touhy sleeps on the couch?
    2. Leigh Anne Tuohy: Only when he's bad.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (46 days ago)
    1. Michael Oher: It's nice, I never had one before.
    2. Leigh Anne Tuohy: What, a room to yourself?
    3. Michael Oher: A bed.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (46 days ago)
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