Blinded by the Light

critic Reviews

89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score89%
  • Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded by the Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore.
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    Felix Vasquez Jr.Cinema Crazed
    Occasionally sickly sweet but satisfying...
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Kalra is terrific in his role as the introverted, misunderstood son who blossoms under his newfound voice in the form of Springsteen's lyrics.
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    Douglas DavidsonElements of Madness
    [Director Gurinder] Chadha's Blinded by the Light is an uplifting tale of personal strength, the enduring sense of youthful revolt, and that no matter the time or place, our private pains are universal.
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    Roger SalvansFotogramas
    A feel-good movie to the beat of The Boss' hits that draws from the basic recipe of the realist and well-intentioned British comedy. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    David 'Mad Dog' BradleyAdelaide Review
    Director Gurinder Chadha's Blinded By The Light has some dubious, obviously contrived moments, but its performances and gloriously Springsteen-centric soundtrack more than make up for it.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    The film feels authentic in its depiction both of Javed's family but also the changes that took place after what seems to have been akin to a religious conversion.
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    Leigh PaatschHerald Sun (Australia)
    While not exactly a musical, it is the music of legendary American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen that fuels the engine of this endearing British movie.
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    Luke GoodsellABC News (Australia)
    The overwhelming music certainly captures that giddy, all-consuming rush of falling for a new idol who seems, in that moment, to belong exclusively to you.
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    Anwen CrawfordThe Monthly (Australia)
    In its devotion, Blinded by the Light does something to convey the sheer desperate quality of obsessive fandom.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    The deliberately amateurish style of the musical numbers is supposed to engender spontaneity but too often looks merely cack-handed. Nonetheless, you come out on a high. Springsteen fever proves to be contagious.
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