Blinded by the Light Reviews

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February 18, 2021
Blinded by the Light tackles some difficult topics while showing the joy that music can bring. Springsteen may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the movie does a great job of demonstrating the impact his music can have on those willing to listen.
February 8, 2021
I'm acutely susceptible to emotional manipulation in stories like this...
February 3, 2021
Who doesn't love singing along with "The Boss"? This film is so good-hearted that it's hard to fault it.
January 31, 2021
A crowd-pleasing confection, sentimental and predictable, but bound together with the giddy feeling of first hearing music that speaks to you.
September 24, 2020
The direction by Gurinder Chadha finds a perfect balance between optimism and sensibility.
August 16, 2020
There's a truth and a cultural specificity to everything that happens here, which allows it to be optimistic to a fault without ever slipping into saccharine movie fakery.
August 15, 2020
Like Beckham, it's a similarly upbeat coming-of-age story about a kid who doesn't quite fit in pushing back against the expectation of his immigrant parents.
July 24, 2020
It certainly helps if you're already a Springsteen fan, but fandom is not a prerequisite. In fact, the film is tailor-made to convert the non-Springsteen fans.
June 11, 2020
Blinded by the Light is an enjoyable movie, although at times his single-minded focus on Springsteen - he even starts dressing like his idol - rather than opening himself to other musicians and music, seems oddly limited.
May 22, 2020
The heart is really what got me.
May 22, 2020
It's a feel-good movie with a good message and lot of heart.
April 16, 2020
Occasionally blinded by its own big heart but is still sweet and affecting.
March 17, 2020
It works, it just can't live up to the nostalgic value of its music. Still a good watch.
February 6, 2020
A feel-good film told with broad-strokes buoyed by a raft of Springsteen songs and honest performances by its cast.
January 29, 2020
As gloriously euphoric as the finest of Bruce's anthems.
January 21, 2020
Blinded by the Light is exceedingly earnest; it doesn't wear its heart on its sleeve so much as shouts its feelings from the rooftops.
January 17, 2020
It wears its heart too heavily on one sleeve to make for a consistent film, but it has the pieces needed to make for a crowd-pleaser. Well, a lot of the time, that is.
November 28, 2019
Occasionally sickly sweet but satisfying...
November 19, 2019
Kalra is terrific in his role as the introverted, misunderstood son who blossoms under his newfound voice in the form of Springsteen's lyrics.
November 18, 2019
[Director Gurinder] Chadha's Blinded by the Light is an uplifting tale of personal strength, the enduring sense of youthful revolt, and that no matter the time or place, our private pains are universal.
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