Beyond the Lights Reviews

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January 5, 2015
Given its pedigree, its roster of talent, Beyond the Lights is disappointing.
January 5, 2015
Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood stretches her tissue-thin story to the very limits of its appealing young stars and the acting prowess of Minnie Driver and Danny Glover.
January 5, 2015
Beyond the Lights is a surprising film buoyed by a terrific performance from star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, opposite the vastly underrated Nate Parker.
January 5, 2015
The film reminds us why straight-up romances are so few and far between these days: the genre depends on contrivance more than almost any other. But when the couple clicks, it still feels pretty damn good.
December 31, 2014
Any attempt at social commentary about our obsession with celebrity culture is undermined in the second half, which devolves into a series of overwrought emotional outbursts that merely pander to mainstream expectations.
December 23, 2014
The sexiest movie of 2014... And it only becomes sexier the more whole Noni gets."
December 4, 2014
One of the most rewarding films to come out (and then almost immediately vanish) in the waning months of 2014.
December 1, 2014
Has the elements of a classic backstage story, but they don't quite crystallize into an integral drama.
November 20, 2014
The subtle but wonderfully alive give-and-take between Noni and Kaz is the best thing in Beyond the Lights.
November 20, 2014
Dido in 'Belle' and Noni here wouldn't seem to have a lot in common, but both roles present Mbatha-Raw as a woman searching for her authentic self within a cultural context that prefers compromised or cartoonish representations of black identity.
November 20, 2014
After an onslaught of overly moralistic, melodramatic love stories from the likes of Nicholas Sparks and Tyler Perry, the relative restraint of Beyond the Lights is practically a godsend.
November 19, 2014
Gina Prince-Bythewood finds the truth inside the trappings of celebrity, and creates a winning window for us to look through
November 15, 2014
This, then, is where Beyond the Lights most makes its mark -- not as a love story but as a look at the demands encountered by female entertainers in today's marketplace.
November 14, 2014
It's a movie about a rising superstar that features two of them-Mbatha-Raw and Parker, both enormously appealing, impossibly attractive performers with big futures ahead of them.
November 14, 2014
a fascinating cinematic experiment that represents progressive, feminist filmmaking without being overbearing
November 14, 2014
It will be a cable television experience that showcases the ample potential of it's two lead stars.
November 14, 2014
"Beyond the Lights" is a faint shadow of 1992's "The Bodyguard," without the star power of Whitney Houston or Kevin Costner.
November 14, 2014
Powerful romantic drama depicts the downside of celebrity.
November 14, 2014
It might be easy to wave off this film as little more than cinematic candy, but if all candy were this nutritious and filling, the much-maligned genre of the big-screen romance might be in a healthier state.
November 14, 2014
Director Prince-Bythewood, who made the move from television to the big-screen in 2000 with the terrific romance Love and Basketball has a way with actors.
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