Beyond the Lights Reviews

September 12, 2019
A showbiz romantic melodrama that could have maintained an all-too familiar narrative and tone if it weren't for the freshness of its perspective and a vibrant performance from lead Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
April 30, 2019
It just works.
March 12, 2019
Beyond The Lights gives the audience many other simple pleasures and, at least for its duration, makes us wonder what else we could ever want from the movies.
December 25, 2018
...the film is a deeply effective and provocative look at the demands fame makes on women-but then Kaz shows up...and the whole thing turns into a rote love story.
August 24, 2018
This film's got all the elements to make it a wide-release hit, a stunning lead couple, some catchy-if-a-little-cringey tunes, a good bit of social commentary for good measure and an outlandish dream-like love story.
August 22, 2018
It is an interesting film but the romantic sub-plot detracted from what could have been an interesting independent film.
August 21, 2018
Although the intrigue and intensity waxes and wanes, it is a decent film about love, overbearing mothers, and the cost of fortune and fame.
August 20, 2018
It might be a broad stereotype, but that side of the pond tends to produce very well-trained, versatile thespians.
August 13, 2018
Boasts a conventional narrative structure with all the markings of a typically frothy romantic drama. Yet the script continually scrapes back the sleekly finished surface to reveal a hidden treasure of emotional depth and meaning.
September 1, 2017
It's not enough to compel cynics like myself, but it will likely touch the heart of romantics everywhere.
August 14, 2017
When was the last time you saw an earnest, honest-to-god romance that wasn't drippy, Nicholas Sparks fare?
March 21, 2017
You'll walk away from this film lighthearted and wanting to hold someone's hand.
June 7, 2016
Every time you want to hoot and dismiss this movie, the next moment it grabs you. Guilty pleasure. Good storytelling. Lurve. Gugu Mbatha-Raw. A star is born.
February 26, 2016
A carefully calculated romantic drama that spins out the usual manifestos about the music industry devouring pretty young singers yearning for acceptance.
June 23, 2015
The type of mainstream, commercial romance that's increasingly rare: one that never loses sight of actual tangible pain and hope in its beautifully portrayed characters.
February 28, 2015
Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry.
January 8, 2015
Something unoriginal isn't always pointless.
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
In every scene here, Prince-Bythewood calmly and sensitively melts our resistance to the outlandish, outsized quality of her plot and stays true to the message she wants to deliver without ever getting pious or preachy.