The Blind Side

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
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  1. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    80
    This may be Bullock's best performance. Ever.
  2. 75
    Grounded in the direct, disarming truth of their experience, the movie has a straightforward lack of cheap sentiment that saves it from being either too maudlin or saccharine-sweet.
  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. 75
    What makes The Blind Side a Thanksgiving treat is director Hancock's subtle touch and admirable refusal to yield to sports movie clichés, something he did previously with "The Rookie" and "Remember the Titans."
  5. One of the reasons it's so effective is because it's based on a real-life, odds-defying story: that of mountainous Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron).
  6. 75
    Without restraint or subtlety, but with a lot of heart and energy, this movie tells a real-life tall tale.
  7. Best performance, minute for minute, comes from Adriane Lenox, whose cameo as Michael's drug-addled mother is the film's standout.
  8. Bullock is an irrepressible hoot in writer-director John Lee Hancock's otherwise thoroughly conventional take on Michael Lewis' fact-based book "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game."
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
  10. 70
    The story is inspiring and involves sports, but to call it an inspirational sports story would be wrong; its real center is Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock in a fine performance), the strong-willed woman whose love and generosity helped turn a mute, hopeless boy with no social or academic skills into a functioning young man with a promising future.
  11. Wisely, Hancock has given the film as much humor as heart.
  12. It’s not an altogether convincing portrait, but it is an entertaining, even moving one, and the forcefulness of Bullock's presence goes a long way in pulling the film back from the brink of cuddliness.
  13. Michael as a character is defined almost solely by his helplessness and gratitude. He's as lovable as a lost puppy, but a more perceptive movie than The Blind Side would have let us see him from another angle.
  14. 63
    Bullock’s levelheaded acting frequently saves the movie from emotional garishness.
  15. An engaging if transparent tearjerker of the first water.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Has strong performances and stirring football scenes.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 329 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 107
  2. Negative: 8 out of 107
  1. Sep 22, 2011
    5
    "The Blind Side" isn't a movie where you cry at amazing performances and heart throbbing dialogue. It's a movie that will roughly intercept"The Blind Side" isn't a movie where you cry at amazing performances and heart throbbing dialogue. It's a movie that will roughly intercept your mind for a painful tear. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    8
    This is definitely Sandra Bullock's film. She was extraordinary, and more so considering how she usually is. No one expected this from her,This is definitely Sandra Bullock's film. She was extraordinary, and more so considering how she usually is. No one expected this from her, including herself. It is a very nice story, which could be seen as the "white saviour story".. but since it's a true story, that kind of falls in the background of it. Overall, definitely a touching and moving story about a woman who has a lot of love (and money) to share and who actually does it, regardless of what other think or say. Good film! Full Review »
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    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 ofThis 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!!!!!!!!! Full Review »