Movie Reviews The Blind Side
Lou Lumenick in the New York Post describes The Blind Side as "part football movie and part Precious with a happy ending." It's the true story of a wealthy Southern couple, played by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, who take in Michael Oher, a homeless black teenager played by Quinton Aaron, and encourage him to play football. He ends up being signed by the Baltimore Ravens. It's the kind of movie you'd expect it to be, A.O. Scott suggests in the New York Times -- "shedding nuance and complication in favor of maximum uplift." Indeed, says Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News , the movie turns "Oher's remarkable life into a Hollywood fable that trades difficult truths for easy clichés." And Linda Barnard in the Toronto Star concludes that the movie winds up being "as Southern as pecan pie and twice as gooey." On the other hand, several critics bestow high praise on the performance of Sandra Bullock. "Bullock gives her best performance in years," writes Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel . And Claudia Puig in USA Today says, "This is Bullock's movie, and it is perhaps her best role."