Excerpt: I used to really dislike Sandra Bullock. Really I did. I didn’t have any specific reason why, but something about her just rubbed me the wrong way. To complicate matters I actually really liked her movies like “Demolition Man”, “Speed” and “While You Were Sleeping” are perhaps three of my favorites.
Excerpt: "Michael Oher knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he's found a home.
Excerpt: It's too bad for Sandra Bullock that The Blind Side will most likely find its biggest following among football fans, the religious right, and parents looking for anything to watch while their daughters are down the multiplex corridor shrieking at New Moon .
Excerpt: In the 2009 NFL draft, Michael Oher's rags-to-riches story reached new heights when he was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. I love inspirational sports stories, and this is one of the best I've seen in years.
Excerpt: The final shot of The Blind Side , at least before the obligatory text to inform all of what happened in real life, is on Leigh Anne Touhy (Sandra Bullock). She smiles if she has accomplished something great, and has now been rewarded for her struggle. Huh?
Conclusion: Better than the bulk of both against-all-odds sports movies and soul-nourishing family dramas, 'The Blind Side' reflects the resolution and sugar-free warmth of its central characters, avoiding cheap sentiment and over-the-top heroics to become a supremely satisfying film.
Excerpt: Is every extraordinary true story worth adapting to film? It seems as though we’ve heard everything before, especially when it comes to down-on-their-luck athletes defying the odds. Well, Michael Oher’s story is pretty much just that, so the success of The Blind Side will rest in your hands.
Excerpt: Sports movies have a long, troubled history of well-meaning white paternalism, with poor black athletes finding success through white charity. But The Blind Side , based on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book, finds a new low.