Blinded by the Light Reviews

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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.
October 25, 2019
The film feels authentic in its depiction both of Javed's family but also the changes that took place after what seems to have been akin to a religious conversion.
October 24, 2019
The deliberately amateurish style of the musical numbers is supposed to engender spontaneity but too often looks merely cack-handed. Nonetheless, you come out on a high. Springsteen fever proves to be contagious.
October 22, 2019
While it's far from perfect, on balance, it's an inoffensive, feel-good and inspirational British dramedy with some charming performances and an emotionally affecting story about an immigrant teenager and how he finds salvation in Springsteen's music.
August 26, 2019
Much of the film plays out in a predictable, if charming, way.
August 23, 2019
Despite its predictability, it conveys what it's like to be enraptured by a rock idol.
August 19, 2019
If you're seeking a cutesy movie with some recognizable songs, this will do.
August 18, 2019
It is almost as if the movie's more noticeable imperfections only end up making the feature as a whole even more infectiously intoxicating.
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
Watching the teenage Javed become his own man is the best time I've had at the movies this year.
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
As in "Bend it Like Beckham," Chadha's gift for kinetic storytelling reflects the turbulent emotion of the young protagonists.
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.
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...
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