Blinded by the Light

Critics Consensus

Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded by the Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore.



Total Count: 172


Audience Score

Verified Ratings: 525
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1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...


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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (35)

  • Even when it feels as if we've seen this movie before, we've never seen it set to the sounds of the Boss, and we've never seen it from the point of view of this particular terrific kid and his family.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Blinded by the Light" represents such a sweet, easy-to-relate-to story that it deserves to be seen, at the least, by anyone who has shown a little faith that there's magic in the arts -- either in music, or a darkened theater.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic
  • Blinded by the Light at its very best, captures the experience of being a fan, the pure exhilaration of it, and the sense of your vision opening out to vistas beyond your horizon.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a dream of inclusion that feels narrow, a vision of liberation that feels constrained, a view of progress that feels like a lockstep into the future.

    Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Nobody wins unless everybody wins," Springsteen likes to say. This little movie is a big winner.

    Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A lesser film would have put more focus on Bruce himself, but Chadha wisely makes "Blinded by the Light" Javed's story.

    Aug 15, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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