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The Blind Side

drama, sports


Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Oscar® winner Kathy Bates star in this remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher, played by newcomer Quinton Aaron.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    66%
  • Audience Score
    85%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Syrupy sports drama uplifts but glosses over deep issues.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this formulaic but uplifting family sports drama -- which is based on the true story of football player Michael Oher -- centers on messages about inclusion, the benefits of hard work, and the importance of family. That said, it sometimes feels as if it glosses over many of the challenges that Oher and his "rescuer" (socialite Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock) must have faced. And while it alludes to the prejudice that exists in certain situations, aside from a scene or two, it skirts the topic instead of truly tackling it, and some scenes depict characters who are blatantly racist. Still, Oher's life story in inarguably encouraging. While language and sexual content are quite mild, you can expect a couple of brief violent scenes, references to drug use, and social drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what motivates Leigh Ann to welcome Michael into her home. Was it a purely selfless move? Why does she later say that he changed her life (and not the other way around)?
  • Why does Michael trust the Tuohys? What appeals to him about them? Does the movie adequately address the skepticism and prejudice that Michael and the Tuohys faced when they became a family?
  • How accurate do you think the movie is? Why might filmmakers have changed certain parts of the story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    66%
    reviews counted: 22
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  • Audience

    85%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A movie made up almost entirely of turning points and yet curiously devoid of drama or suspense.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, November 20, 2009

Fresh: It's a cute, touchy-feely crowd pleaser that wants nothing more than to wrap audiences in a warm holiday embrace. In a sense, it achieves that goal, but it is overly sentimental in a Lifetime movie kind-of-way.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, November 20, 2009

Fresh: If Frank Capra was still around, director John Lee Hancock might have had to fight him for the job.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, November 19, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Based on a true story a homeless African American teenager from a broken family is adopted by a white American family. They change each others lives. Great cast and story. A bit of a tear jerker.

- thmtsang, Sunday, November 14, 2010

4 stars

If you like drama about true life, family movies, a good story and depth, with actors that believe in their role and the movie they make then you will enjoy this for a Sunday break or evening movie. If you're like myself, looking for the action of a good story, perhaps a typical hollywood drama, with no real realism and lots of NFL footage then its the wrong film. If you just want the low down on the player, and I did not realise this was a true life story till the very end, then heres the wiki you probably are looking for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Oher

- rezpatriot, Monday, October 11, 2010

2 stars

One of the worst best picture nominees in Oscar history.I couldnt endure it more than 20 minutes.Judging by that,i must say Sandra Bullock won an Oscar which belonged to Meryl Streep for her great performance in Julie and Julia.In my opinion no matter how many times,Streep has already won,she deserved to win again

- Alireza64ir, Monday, August 23, 2010