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Blindness Reviews

November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2008
I have to admire a mainstream movie that's so overwhelmingly bleak, but that's the only real distinction of this dystopian sci-fi drama.
November 21, 2008
Sadly, 'Blindness' may realise its director's worst fear: to produce not only an exploitation B-movie but one, paradoxically, spoiled by its own integrity and misplaced 'artistic' mise-en-scène and intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
October 18, 2008
Stilted, claustrophobic and more stylish than substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 6, 2008
It's the rare movie that dissects the blackness of the soul; rarer still are ones that manage to find the darkness beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 6, 2008
Set in a nameless English-speaking city where people are suddenly stricken with sightlessness, it's an allegory that never rises to the level of believability.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 3, 2008
Blindness is a glum, ugly film, and pretentious in the bargain. But, perhaps least excusable, it is a fundamentally ill-conceived film, the visual depiction of a world without sight.
October 3, 2008
It's a beautiful car that never quite cranks up. The book is deep allegory, lost in time and place, describing a suffocating little world. It's hard to get at that in cinematic form.
October 3, 2008
The film is an often thought-provoking metaphor. But as a thriller, it becomes dreary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
This film rests uneasily between art and thriller, putting a huge burden on the actors, especially Julianne Moore, to convey the larger meaning of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2008
Fernando Meirelles' Blindness is film as punishment; a literate and thoughtful work that's nonetheless so relentless in its bleached-out misery that you want to look away.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
Too many scenes strike the same note, and, at times, Blindness seems like a premise in search of a story, and an allegory in search of a meaning. But in its methodical and uncompromising way, it gets where it needs to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2008
Dully written, ponderously paced and full of one-note characters acting exactly as we'd expect.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
I kept hoping the meaning would click into place, but it never quite did. The story seems designed to apply to whatever fear is nibbling around your subconscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2008
For all its pretension and artiness, Blindness is more like M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (which at least had the decency to be fast-paced and short), right down to its upbeat and inane conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
Fernando Meirelles' awkward, repulsive yet richly imagined film uses sightlessness as a trigger for the breakdown of society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2008
Doesn't show us anything we haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 3, 2008
Blindness leaves indelible images and unnerving feelings about physical and social disintegration. It is not easy to stomach.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2008
A perversely enjoyable, occasionally harrowing adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 disaster allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2008
The figures in Blindness have no names; that's how deep into the Valley of Allegory we are.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
The descent into barbarism — hallways fouled by human waste, cruelty 'round every corner — is both the device and the point ...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 3, 2008
Murky and grainy, and showing human beings at their grimmest -- thievery, rape, betrayal, murder -- Blindness is no barrel of laughs. But it is a barrel of pretentious metaphorical musings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
If you've read Lord of the Flies or Animal Farm, you'll know how things progress.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2008
Blindness is not a great film. But it is, nonetheless, full of examples of what good filmmaking looks like.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 2, 2008
Blindness is an apocalypse movie for sophisticates; it'll work for you if you're more comfortable name-checking Camus' The Plague than 28 Days Later.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 2, 2008
There's a good movie here, but we get it in pieces that are sometimes hard to decipher.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 2, 2008
Blindness is a face-first dive into the horror of human nature -- call it Lord of the Blind Flies -- with several memorably harrowing scenes and a compelling cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2008
Blindness is provocative cinema. But it also is predictable cinema: It startles but does not surprise.
October 2, 2008
It is an allegory about a group of people who survive under great stress, but frankly I would rather have seen them perish than sit through the final three-quarters of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 2, 2008
In his effort to make a grand statement, Meirelles piles on the drama, as well as the affectations. The resulting effect dilutes the film's power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 1, 2008
Fascinating as sci-fi, paltry as a parable, Blindness is one of the movie year's most daring failures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2008
The extremes are so barbaric few audiences will sit through them, and despite the allegorical intentions, the apocalyptic literary views in the José Saramago novel upon which it is based fail to translate coherently to the screen.
September 29, 2008
An absorbing (if admittedly flawed) thought-piece. It engaged me throughout and I found the ending to be surprisingly hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2008
Blindness feels at once honorably serious and way too pleased with its own soothsaying. You stagger from the dimness of the cinema, beaten down and longing for the light.
September 24, 2008
As the players enact the fall and rebirth of civilization, Meirelles suggests that even a society gone to hell looks better with a little music-video-like pizzazz.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 15, 2008
The personal and mass chaos that would result if the human race lost its sense of vision is conveyed with diminished impact and an excess of stylish tics in Blindness.
May 15, 2008
Earnest and dreary.