The Blind Side

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Big teenager Michael (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his lonesome, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the road by the well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuhoy (Sandra Bullock, in her Oscar winning role). Learning that he is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists Michael stay at the Tuhoy home for the night.

What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the family and Leigh Anne takes a keen interest in his grades, his American football form and the company he keeps.

Based on a true story.

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Awards

Academy Award winner for Best Actress (Sandra Bullock), 2010.

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Biography, Drama, Sport

128mins

Rating: PG contains coarse language

USA

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Speed, While You Were Sleeping, A Time to Kill. It seems a shame that Bullock should win an Oscar for one of her least charismatic performances. I guess her big-haired, BMW-driving, god-fearing southern gal was just too much for the Academy to resist.

Pitched somewhere between Mamma Gump and Erin Brockovich, her Leigh-Anne is more a force of nature than a character in this candy-coated version of Precious. Prone to homespun homilies and pithy comebacks she dominates this movie to the unfortunate detriment of everyone else. Which is pity, particularly given the Forrest Whittaker-esque Aaron shows strong potential.

Although based in reality, John Lee Hancock's tale never seems more than just a more serious version of TV's Different Strokes or Webster as a rich white family takes in a po' black boy; the dramatic obstacles never even requiring Leigh-Anne to do much voice raising. Product placement is particularly appalling with Borders getting a big plug and Taco Bell reaping the dubious benefits of McGraw's character being a fast food chain owner.

Empire (UK)

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Bullock delivers a towering performance that grabs the movie and the Oscar race by the scruff of the neck. You will be moved, but at the price of any nuance or complexity.

Hollywood Reporter

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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."

Los Angeles Times

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Wisely, Hancock has given the film as much humor as heart.

New York Times

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The film, not unsurprisingly for a holiday- (and football-) season release from a major Hollywood studio, plays this story straight down the middle, shedding nuance and complication in favor of maximum uplift.

NZherald.co.nz (Francesca Rudkin)

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Formulaic, but uplifting and wholesome entertainment.

Total Film (UK)

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Massaging the facts for extra movie sentimentalism, Hancock’s drama has a severe case of selective myopia. As feel-good multiplex fodder goes, however, it’s an emotional smartbomb.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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It was in the very ho-hum almost lazy movie-by-numbers way this film was delivered which sucked all the drama from it.

tvnz.co.nz (Darren Bevan)

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I can see why The Blind Side did well in America and I can see how it will resonate with some here.

Variety (USA)

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Uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.

ViewAuckland.co.nz (Matt Turner)

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Hollywoodisation issues aside, The Blind Side is an enjoyable, emotionally engaging drama that's worth seeing for Bullock's Oscar-winning performance.

Insipirational film

This is a story about Michael who is a big guy who is virtually homeless. Leigh Ann played in an Oscar winning role by Sandra Bullock takes him in when his walking late one night on the side of the road. He slowly becomes part of the family. With Leigh Ann's help he plays football and is so good he gets a college scholarship. This is an inspirational true story and well done

GREAT

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GREAT

I loved this movie and thaught that Sandra Bollock was amazing and it was awsom to see her win a oscar

Bonux

Bonux

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So unaware it is racist...

...it is frightening. Not the original story mind you, but the way it is being conveyed to us by Director Hancock. Both the acting and the script are atrocious. While the true story from which the film is inspired is truly remarkable, this motion picture is so incredibly condescending it makes this young black man looks like a pet dog and what is supposed to be a supporting act (the mother played by Sandra Bullock and her family) becomes in fact the main character of the story, the heroes in all their patriotic and idiotic glory. How this movie managed to win an Oscar by sinking so low into self-indulgence is beyond belief. Big Mike is portrayed as the idiot of the village who can hardly say a word. Even the youngest kid of his new family will teach him a thing or two about success in spite of being 10 to 15 years younger and knowing nothing about life. Sure as hell, this movie would make me feel good if I was living in 1950's America while wearing my pointy white hat, but it sickens me. All the way through, my feeling was that the movie must have been ordered and sponsored by some folks at the White House. The same kind of folks who watched the New-Orleans events unphold without bothering to send help. In surface, The Blind Side offers all the components of a good tears jerker. The viewers addicted to their daily dose of overdone TV soap operas should love The Blind Side. I did not. In essence, it feels like an awkward attempt to reunite two American communities (WASP and Black's), but while doing so it cannot prevents itself from dwelling on the sordid concept of race superiority. The Blind Side deserves a star for showing future directors what not to do when treating the subject of pluriculturalism.

awsome

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awsome

i loved it and so did all my mates!!!!

AWSOME!!!!

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AWSOME!!!!

I luv this movie....

if u havn't seen this movie u should watch it!!!

Sandra Bullock rokz>>

Review

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Review

mY KIND OF MOVIE! Challenges us to think about own attitudes.

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Actually a good 3.5 I reckon.

Not to totally disagree with the Flick review, being a "true" story it seems often difficult to compete with the fictitious, but this is a feel good movie we could benefit from seeing.

beautiful and enjoyable

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beautiful and enjoyable

it was such a great film, and its a movie worth watching!!!!!

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good

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good

i enjoyed the movie it haw a wonderful storyline


A true story worth watching

some bits were maybe blown out of proportion but I didn't care. The Blind Side is a heart felt story. All of the bits were good and it's a great version of book (I never read)