Beyond the Lights Reviews

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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.
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'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
"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
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.
November 14, 2014
Unfortunately for a film about the importance of keeping it real, the drama here is largely formulaic, and the finish line crosses into the realm of artistic fantasy.
November 14, 2014
How bracing today to have a film that's at once fun, patient, romantic, and real.
November 14, 2014
Prince-Bythewood is stingingly astute at what fame does to objectify women. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw, so good this year in Belle, is a shining new star.
November 14, 2014
Beyond the Lights is hardly a masterpiece by any stretch - this is big, dumb Hollywood. But good luck finding a single sequence devoid of pleasures.
November 14, 2014
It strikes a risky, though successful balancing act between being immensely entertaining as a musical feature and making dramatic, important statements about depression, self-worth and female empowerment.
November 14, 2014
If it were any cheesier, they could pour it on macaroni.
November 14, 2014
A formulaic, often melodramatic crowd-pleaser with thoughts on celebrity-driven culture and the ravenous appetite of fans, followers and the media.
November 14, 2014
"Beyond the Lights" doesn't have much insight into the world of modern celebrity, but as a romance, its actors make it sing.
November 14, 2014
Along the way, Mbatha-Raw looks, sounds and moves like an A-lister. If "Belle" put the actress on Hollywood's radar, "Beyond the Lights" heralds her superstardom.
November 13, 2014
While melodramatic in the vein of A Star Is Born, Beyond the Lights is also a wise and open-hearted look at the price of fame upon personal identity.
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
Silly and stirring, and I meant both as compliments.
November 13, 2014
You're drawn to her, and you root for her; there's something in Mbatha-Raw's lovely, direct gaze that pulls us in.
November 13, 2014
Mbatha-Raw is clearly destined for bigger things. Consider Beyond the Lights a stop along the way.
November 13, 2014
The fact that "Beyond the Lights" is so effective at both celebrating and critiquing extravagance and artifice can be credited to Prince-Bythewood's shrewd understanding of the highly pitched cinematic vernacular she's working with.
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