The Blind Side

2009

The Blind Side

Critics 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.

66%

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Reviews Counted: 200

85%
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Audience Score

User Ratings: 431,754

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85%
Average Rating: 4.1/5

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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, Rovi

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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 May
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
Elisabeth Omilami
as CPS Employee
Elizabeth 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 #1
Brian Sutherin
as Lemming's Secretary #2
Rachel St. Gelais
as Little Girl on Playground
Brandon Rivers
as Michael Age Seven
Jody Thompson
as Paramedic
James Donadio
as Photographer
L. Warren Young
as Big and Tall Salesman
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 Age Twelve
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 Coach
Lamont Koonce
as Tennessee Assistant Coach
Phil Fulmer
as Himself
Lou Holtz
as Himself
Tom Lemming
as Himself
Houston Nutt
as Himself
Ed Orgeron
as Himself
Nick Saban
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Blind Side

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (36)

  • 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.

    Jan 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • As a fable about the power of giving, it hits pretty hard.

    Jan 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Bullock turns in a terrific, ball-breaking performance. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is painfully patronising.

    Mar 25, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A few momentary hiccups aside, the film plays out in sickly-sweet fashion, relentlessly shoving the Touhy's self-righteous values down the audiences' throat and never bothering to consider the wider social ramifications...

    Mar 25, 2010 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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.

    Mar 25, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blind Side

While the politics of this are extensively offensive it's packaged as innocent entertainment, hiding its "some of my best friends are black" subtext in plain view. As bad as Reefer Madness was about marijuana, and a career low for Bullock.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

danny d
danny d

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

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