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  • Summary: Teenager Michael Oher is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael--wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter--come out of the cold. Without a moment's hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    This may be Bullock's best performance. Ever.
  2. Best performance, minute for minute, comes from Adriane Lenox, whose cameo as Michael's drug-addled mother is the film's standout.
  3. 75
    In a head-to-head comparison, one would be hard-pressed not to declare that "Precious" is the better film - it makes fewer compromises and doesn't shy from showing the true ugliness only hinted at in this movie, but The Blind Side is more accessible. It's easier to digest. In the end, both films tell stories of triumph over adversity - a category of drama that uplifts while offering a dollop of social commentary.
  4. 63
    Bullock’s levelheaded acting frequently saves the movie from emotional garishness.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    For all The Blind Side's flaws, it's impossible not to get caught up in Michael Oher's life.
  6. Never dull, but it's rarely more than gently entertaining.
  7. Blind Side the movie peddles the most insidious kind of racism, one in which whiteys are virtuous saviors, coming to the rescue of African-Americans who become superfluous in narratives that are supposed to be about them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 100
  2. Negative: 8 out of 100
  1. Jan 13, 2011
    This movie is inspirational, it tells people not to judge people by their skin color or their appearance. It is a heart warmer, it has one of the best plots of 2009, If I was a dog- 4 THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!! Expand
  2. JohnH
    Dec 3, 2009
    First, the criticisms of this movie are ridiculous. How this movie gets misconstrued as racism is crazy. The purpose of this movie is not to show white people as the saviors of black people, and any such suggestion is malicious, hateful, and racist. This movie gives nothing to complain about. It had plenty of laughs, a few tear-jerking moments, a quick-paced story that was engaging... All the elements necessary to keep most people entertained. Why do you think it did better in the box office in its second weekend? Because this movie is good. It achieves its goals effortlessly, and its goals are to show that people have the ability to drastically alter the course of each others' lives through our actions. Expand
  3. TimG.
    Mar 29, 2010
    I liked the book better because the football scenes in the movie are tough to reproduce accurately.
  4. LauraD.
    Nov 24, 2009
    It's movies like this that give you the "you can do it too" spirit for another person that needs it like Michael Oher.
  5. PaulF
    Feb 22, 2010
    Some reviews claimed this movie to be a bit racist but considering it a depiction of a real life story I really don't see how that could be, especially since the family that tried to help this young man actively fought against this, even at the cost of alienating themselves from their social groups. Yes there are rich do goer white people. Yes, there are poor good natured black people that just need a little loving support. This movie shows an example in which we can all live our lives upon. The acting was pretty good but not stellar. The story good but not riveting. There were a few heart felt scenes. I thought there were a few places that could have been filled in more. In short this was a good movie with a good message but cinematography and acting wise wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Expand
  6. BillC.
    Nov 30, 2009
    This movie is pretty harmless Holiday fare, A true story ,yet it's not all that uplifting and the acting is nothing special either. I like Sandra Bullock , but so far she's pnly shown acting abilities in one movie - Crash. This film is pretty to look at and very standard Family stuff. Expand
  7. killdarren
    Nov 20, 2009
    This movie is despicable. Sandra Bullock as the great white hope. Who comes along and "helps" a black kid to feel better about herself and brag to her neighbors. Offensive, outrageous, racist, dumb, pathetic. The people making this movie have no idea what it means to truly help someone. Expand

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