The Blind Side Reviews

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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.
January 24, 2014
As a fable about the power of giving, it hits pretty hard.
March 26, 2010
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.
March 25, 2010
Bullock turns in a terrific, ball-breaking performance. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is painfully patronising.
March 25, 2010
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...
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.
March 18, 2010
November 24, 2009
Its superficiality keeps it from being the moving story it could have been.
November 24, 2009
However obvious, The Blind Side is touching -- despite its habit of dropping major character notes into the melody without warning.
November 24, 2009
Oher(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 we(TM)re willing to be about how it(TM)s told.
November 20, 2009
Writer-director John Lee Hancock has turned Oher's remarkable life into a Hollywood fable that trades difficult truths for easy clichs.
Top Critic
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.
November 20, 2009
What a drag that, one year into Obama's presidency, American films remain so careful about depicting black actors.
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.
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.
November 20, 2009
Upon seeing [Bullock's] Oscar-worthy performance is "finally!" followed quickly by, "Why the heck did it take so long?"
November 20, 2009
The filmmakers pay lip service to the story's racial undertones without ever really rocking the leaky boat.
November 20, 2009
A movie made up almost entirely of turning points and yet curiously devoid of drama or suspense.
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.
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 clichs, something he did previously with The Rookie and Remember the Titans.
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