Blindspotting

Critics Consensus

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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86%

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User Ratings: 2,123
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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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Critic Reviews for Blindspotting

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (36)

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

    Dec 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's acted with naturalistic brio and the script, by Diggs and Casal, is full of pungent dialogue and nuanced reflections on Collin's struggle to avoid becoming a stereotypically angry young black man.

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

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Try and take your electrified eyes off it. It's practically 2018: The Movie.

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

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Blindspotting

  • Apr 07, 2019
    A buddy comedy with perception, wit, an edge, and balls, we are taken into the crossroads of modern urban living - downtown Oakland, baby! - where clear cut roads are hard to find, much less follow, and where the divisions between us are worth an ass-kicking. One of the buds is on probation and trying to change his circumstance. The other should be on probation...at the very least. Preachy sometimes, but always electrifying. Good stuff.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2019
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2019
    BLINDSPOTTING (3 1/2 Stars) A tad overstuffed...oh who am I kidding...it'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 G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2018
    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 M Super Reviewer

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