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Monday, March 1, 2010

Movie Review: Best Picture Nominee The Blind Side (2 of 10)

Each day this week, we will be having capsule reviews of 2 of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture. They will be featured in the official, alpabetical order.

The Blind Side was released in theatres on November 18th, and is coming to DVD on March 23rd. You can read our full reviews here, below are excerpts of our reviews.


The Blind Side Review By John C.

***1/2 (out of 4)

What worked for me about this film is that it never felt sappy or contrived. It’s sweet, but it’s also straight up and to the point, as it is largely based on a true story.

The Blind Side is the kind of film that will either work, or it won’t. And thankfully, this film really works. It’s an inspirational crowd-pleaser, it’s a tear-jerker drama, and it’s also a classic sports movie. This is one of the nicest surprises of the year.


The Blind Side Review By Erin V.

***3/4 (out of 4)

What I really liked about The Blind Side is the fact that first and foremost, this is not so much a movie about football, as it is about family. It is a touching true story that is not made to be overly dramatized, or played that way, for the theatre.

I think most people will really like this movie - football fans or not. This is one that you really should go see with the family - that is those about 10 and up. When it comes out on DVD, this is one I would gladly watch again.


The Blind Side Review By Nicole

***3/4 (out of 4)

I really liked The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock is believable as protective mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, as is Tim McGraw as father Sean Tuohy. The young actors seem really natural. Jae Head is hilarious as S.J., and Quinton Aaron plays the innocent role of Michael.

The Blind Side is a very sweet movie. It is never cloying, and has just the right balance between drama and heart. I would recommend The Blind Side to anyone ages 10 to 100.


The Blind Side Review By Maureen

***1/2 (out of 4)

The Blind Side could have gone over the top with drama and sentimentality. There are certainly enough story elements that could have pushed it in that direction. Fortunately this movie delivers an uplifting, often funny and very satisfying story.

The subject matter is too mature for younger children but fine for teens and adults. The Blind Side is a wonderful story of what can go right in this world with the power of love.


The Blind Side Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Directed by John Lee Hancock, The Blind Side manages to be inspirational while avoiding the trap of cloying sentimentality. Sports fans (myself not included) will particularly enjoy the football footage and cameos of various college recruiters and other sports celebrities playing themselves.

As seen from images of the real people in the closing credits and website interviews, the strong cast was faithful to all of the folks they were portraying.


Consensus: The Blind Side is a well acted, feel good, classic sports movie. This is the contender for the audiences. Though not likely to actually win Best Picture, The Blind Side deserves its spot as one of "the ten." ***1/2 (Out of 4)

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