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The Blind Side Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 24, 2014
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 24, 2014
As a fable about the power of giving, it hits pretty hard.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 25, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2009
Its superficiality keeps it from being the moving story it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 24, 2009
However obvious, The Blind Side is touching -- despite its habit of dropping major character notes into the melody without warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 20, 2009
Writer-director John Lee Hancock has turned Oher's remarkable life into a Hollywood fable that trades difficult truths for easy clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Josh Levin
Slate
November 20, 2009
The problem with a story that's almost too good to be true is that someone in Hollywood will try to make it better.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 20, 2009
What a drag that, one year into Obama's presidency, American films remain so careful about depicting black actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 20, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2009
Upon seeing [Bullock's] Oscar-worthy performance is "finally!" followed quickly by, "Why the heck did it take so long?"
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 20, 2009
The filmmakers pay lip service to the story's racial undertones without ever really rocking the leaky boat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 20, 2009
A movie made up almost entirely of turning points and yet curiously devoid of drama or suspense.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 20, 2009
What makes The Blind Side a Thanksgiving treat is director Hancock's subtle touch and admirable refusal to yield to sports movie clichés, something he did previously with The Rookie and Remember the Titans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 20, 2009
It's hard to overlook that while Michael's benefactors are white, the villains in the movie are black.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 19, 2009
'The Blind Side' may not make the All-American sports movies team, but it plays with plenty of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2009
If someone were telling you this story, you might say, "Wow. That's something." Even so, the narrative is not quite big enough to bear the weight and significance that writer-director John Lee Hancock tries to attach to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2009
If Frank Capra was still around, director John Lee Hancock might have had to fight him for the job.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 19, 2009
Watching The Blind Side, I felt my emotions being stage-managed, but once or twice I got something in my eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 19, 2009
Except for a few crude exchanges,The Blind Side is almost as squeaky-clean as an old Disney movie. Unfortunately, it can also be just as cute and condescending.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 19, 2009
Director John Lee Hancock's only aiming for a crowd pleaser, and by not challenging the established playbook for inspirational sports dramas, he's no doubt got one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 19, 2009
There's real ambiguity in the Oher case, but writer-director John Lee Hancock papers over it; it's possible to see the Tuohys as generous, caring people without brushing off their less-altruistic reasons for sponsoring Oher.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 18, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Whipp
Associated Press
November 18, 2009
Writer-director John Lee Hancock wisely lets the true story of Michael Oher speak for itself.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 2009
What The Blind Side offers is a kind of liberal Hollywood version of conservative values: all rock-solid valor, all the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 18, 2009
The movie's a pretty conventional feel-good sports drama in many ways. But Bullock and Aaron give it heart that transcends the genre.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 18, 2009
While it's possible to be enormously entertained and moved by The Blind Side, it's also possible to harbor a twinge of misgiving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2009
It's just blinkered middle-class pandering at its most shameless.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
In every scene, Oher is instructed, lectured, comforted, or petted like a big puppy; he is merely a cipher.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2009
Missed opportunities and surface gestures aside, Hancock draws affable, energetic performances from all concerned.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
November 16, 2009
Another uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.