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Blinded by the Light

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90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score90%
  • 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.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Even when it feels as if we've seen this movie before, we've never seen it set to the sounds of the Boss, and we've never seen it from the point of view of this particular terrific kid and his family.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Brian LowryCNN.com
    "Blinded by the Light" represents such a sweet, easy-to-relate-to story that it deserves to be seen, at the least, by anyone who has shown a little faith that there's magic in the arts -- either in music, or a darkened theater.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    Blinded by the Light at its very best, captures the experience of being a fan, the pure exhilaration of it, and the sense of your vision opening out to vistas beyond your horizon.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    It's a dream of inclusion that feels narrow, a vision of liberation that feels constrained, a view of progress that feels like a lockstep into the future.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    "Nobody wins unless everybody wins," Springsteen likes to say. This little movie is a big winner.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    A lesser film would have put more focus on Bruce himself, but Chadha wisely makes "Blinded by the Light" Javed's story.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Michael A. SmithMediaMikes
    Even if you've never enjoyed the music of Bruce Springsteen (I guess there may be a few people out there that feel this way), you will be swept up in the way that music is celebrated here.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's earnest, it's heartfelt, and it takes place right in the middle of Thatcher-era England, and it's able to make commentary on that without the characters being lost.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Karl DelossantosSmash Cut Reviews
    There's a lot to admire about Blinded by the Light - its ambition chief among them.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Rob HarvillaThe Ringer
    ...this movie is entirely devoted to capturing what makes Springsteen so beloved and enduring, and willing to risk looking uncool to get there. It's not trying to convert you, but it does a fine job of depicting the unembarrassed fervor of the converted.
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