Beyond the Lights Reviews

August 22, 2018
It is an interesting film but the romantic sub-plot detracted from what could have been an interesting independent film.
January 5, 2015
The conventions in Gina Prince-Bythewood's movie are fully functioning, not so much challenged as fine-tuned.
January 5, 2015
It's a competent entry in the genre, but it's a shame that's all it is when it had the potential to be a little more.
January 5, 2015
Given its pedigree, its roster of talent, Beyond the Lights is disappointing.
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 1, 2014
Has the elements of a classic backstage story, but they don't quite crystallize into an integral drama.
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
Gugu Mbatha-Raw finds a star vehicle, but the film's unfocused ambitions are at odds
November 14, 2014
If it were any cheesier, they could pour it on macaroni.
November 13, 2014
The movie has a soapy impulse that it would have done well to resist, given the occasional surprising strength of its more unvarnished elements.
November 13, 2014
A great display of Gugu Mbatha-Raw's range, but sadly, it's a mediocre movie.
November 12, 2014
Beyond the Lights is content to be a derivative PG-13 romance instead of shining a light into incisive issues of female identity and sexuality in show business.
November 12, 2014
The teary-eyed sincerity of the music-industry drama "Beyond the Lights" is at times too much, but despite its cliche elements, the film at least has the feel of a passion project.
November 10, 2014
By rooting Noni's self-image issues in a controlling mother, the script provides the film with a tame, melodramatic structure that dulls the thorny matters of identity and expression at its center.