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As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs' powerful performance.



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Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men's friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.

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  • A mercurial and explosive film, Blindspotting nimbly parses conflicts about race, rent, incarceration and gentrification.

    Dec 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Try and take your electrified eyes off it. It's practically 2018: The Movie.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Racism, gentrification, police brutality, start-up culture, corporate branding, social media, the justice system ... Blindspotting is eager to take them all on with style and wit, and it succeeds more often than not.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Blindspotting" is directed with fervor by first-timer Carlos López Estrada, who brings its simmering tensions to a boil without letting the pot overflow.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • [Casal and Diggs'] talent and charisma are all but undeniable, and their ambition is impossible not to admire, but their execution is confused - fatally so, from a storytelling standpoint.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • See the movie, for its urgency, for its performances, and for the vibrant portrait of a community being erased in the names of progress and profit.

    Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Blindspotting


Spectacularly well made, and even weirdly kind of relatable in parts, Blindspotting may not come away being my favourite movie of the year or anything, but it's the sort of one that I would absolutely not be mad about taking home the big awards. Absolutely felt these characters. The only movie in literally as long as I can remember, that actually gave me nightmares.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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BLINDSPOTTING (3 1/2 Stars) A tad overstuffed...oh who am I's completely overstuffed in that first time director kinda way...but it's filled with energy, passion and a unique look at friendship, race, gentrification, and how we see or don't see each other simultaneously. David Diggs and Rafael Casal, who co-wrote, take a buddy stoner comedy and turn it on its ear. It spins its wheels at times, but there's something fresh and bold about it nonetheless. Like the inferior SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, it has a lot going on, but our two BLINDSPOTTING leads make you care.

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

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It is hard to see an intelligent film that transits so smoothly from buddy comedy to serious drama within a structure that is essentially Shakespearean, with characters that never seem less than real and a hard-hitting racial statement delivered with the necessary acuity and perception.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The movie finds an elegant balance between it's more hard edge commentary and the broad humor. I think because Diggs and Casal are real life friends, there is an authenticity to the movie that might not be there otherwise.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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