Blinded by the Light (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Blinded by the Light (2019)



Critic Consensus: 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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1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...

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Nikita Mehta
as Shazia (Sister)
Rob Brydon
as Matt's Dad
Billy Barratt
as Young Matt
Tara Divina
as Yasmeen (Cousin)
Jeff Mirza
as Mr. Shah
Frankie Fox
as Colin Hand
Marcus Brigstocke
as Robert - Eliza's Dad
Olivia Poulet
as Frances - Eliza's Mom
Daniella Bowen
as Reporter At Mosque
James Ballanger
as Passport Official
Kriss Dosanjh
as Mr. Singh
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All Critics (250) | Top Critics (41)

Most of the film's emotional weight is undermined by cheesy sing-alongs with the lyrics visualized in such a garish way that the supposed thematic significance bashes the audience in the head.

February 14, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

October 24, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Despite its predictability, it conveys what it's like to be enraptured by a rock idol.

August 23, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

August 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"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.

August 16, 2019 | Full Review…
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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.

August 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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