Blinded by the Light Reviews

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August 23, 2019
Despite its predictability, it conveys what it's like to be enraptured by a rock idol.
August 16, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
"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.
August 16, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
"Nobody wins unless everybody wins," Springsteen likes to say. This little movie is a big winner.
August 15, 2019
A lesser film would have put more focus on Bruce himself, but Chadha wisely makes "Blinded by the Light" Javed's story.
Top Critic
August 15, 2019
While nothing that happens is surprising, nearly all of it is performed with soulfulness and conviction and charm.
August 15, 2019
It's far from subtle, more than a little sudsy, but also pleasingly direct and full of heart.
August 15, 2019
These songs have the power to move, inspire, make you dance. For the first time in my experience of Springsteen, they made me want to hide under my seat.
August 15, 2019
Joyous and funny even as it strikes the occasional melancholy chord, Blinded by the Light is a testament to the small miracle of how the right music manages to find us at just the right time...
August 15, 2019
A jubilant story that's told with grounded honesty.
August 15, 2019
"Blinded by the Light" isn't a new tune, but it's sung with an infectious passion and it captures something sincere about the globe-spanning, life-changing influence of great pop music.
August 15, 2019
Newcomer Kalra makes for an engaging protagonist, as believable in his life angst as he is in his Boss worship.
August 15, 2019
Blinded by the Light is a one-third Bruce Springsteen hagiography, one-third kitschy '80s recreation, and one-third feel-good father/son coming together. Surprisingly, however, it works.
August 14, 2019
The reality of intergenerational conflict is a given for "Blinded by the Light," but nothing can stand up to the transformative power of the Boss. You can take that to the bank.
August 14, 2019
You don't have to love Bruce Springsteen with the all-consuming passion of Sarfraz Manzoor, the U.K. journalist whose memoir was adapted for the screenplay of "Blinded By the Light," to find the film both deeply moving and utterly charming.
August 14, 2019
A heartfelt ode to the promise of youth and the transformative power of music.
August 13, 2019
Warm, funny, humane and deeply sincere, this ode to Bruce Springsteen, breaking free and belonging isn't content merely to revel in Springsteen's greatest hits - although it does, with vibrant, vicarious exhilaration.
August 13, 2019
A no-hope British-Pakistani teen (dynamite newcomer Viveik Kalra) finds salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen. Cornball? So what. Look for Gurinder Chadha's exuberant gift of a movie to hit you the same way.
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