Blinded by the Light Reviews

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November 21, 2020
What promised to be an entertainingly charming film turned out to be nothing more than a dull homage to "The Boss."
July 8, 2020
An anger-inducing social commentary and likeable lead can't save the awkwardness and tedium of this little musical number.
February 15, 2020
Most of the film's emotional weight is undermined by cheesy sing-alongs with the lyrics visualized in such a garish way that the supposed thematic significance bashes the audience in the head.
September 23, 2019
Chadha misses the worrying rise in those years of the Nazi National Front, and the musical moments often seem a bit pedestrian. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 6, 2019
Yes, it has a fine multi-racial cast, but it's too long by at least 20 minutes, and after a while even The Boss's music becomes way too much of a good thing. Yes, it deals with racism and school bullying, but the story is predictable, the ending treacly.
August 29, 2019
While Blinded by the Light did not bring me joy, there's a good chance it may for others less jaded.
August 29, 2019
Blinded by the Light actually avoids everything that is interesting about cross-ethnic pop culture.
August 28, 2019
Inspiring? Not to me. Lamentably, this bland exercise, cooked with euphoric floridness, never goes deeper than the surface.
August 26, 2019
Despite some undeniably moving sequences toward the end of the film, Blinded by the Light can't quite escape its suffocating sentimentality.
August 23, 2019
Perhaps if Yesterday had not preceded the release of Blinded by the Light, my expectations wouldn't have been so high, but this film truly disappoints.
August 22, 2019
This monotonous, lazy movie is a textbook example of why you can't simply pump a film full of beloved music and rely on feel-good nostalgia rather than taking the time to craft a thoughtful screenplay to convey heartfelt emotion.
August 19, 2019
The opening hour's liberated charm is sadly abandoned in an overly serious second half, during which the incorporation of Springsteen songs and lyrics suddenly feels forced.
August 17, 2019
The tone seems muddled - the discordant flash mob routines feel like music videos, and when the letters of lyrics whirl around it feels like an antidepressant commercial.
August 17, 2019
Instead of using music to help digest its potentially interesting mix of humour and contemporaneously resonant commentary, Blinded By The Light goes the more saccharine sing-along route that feels emptier and trite.
August 16, 2019
To have your heart warmed as much as the film clearly wants to do, best to steel yourself for its straight-ahead plot and the irony that, in a movie obsessed with music, so many of its secondary characters are one-note.
August 16, 2019
Much of the film feels like it's still trying to figure itself out.
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 15, 2019
The well-meaning but thoroughly generic Blinded by the Light tells the old story of a young man who feels trapped in a small town...
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
As anyone who has written bad high school poetry can attest, good intentions do not always lead to great art.
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