The Blind Side doesn't pretend to be anything but a heartstrings-tugging "feel good" movie. Swelling music, tearful epiphanies, all that sentimental crap is here in spades. But something funny happens at the end of the movie: You feel good.
—Dezhda Gaubert E!
...stands as an excellent example of genre conventions done right.
—Bill Gibron filmcritic.com
...an uplifting and entertaining feel-good, fact-based sports drama.
—Joe Leydon Variety
Blind scores a touchdown for worthy intentions and Bullock is feisty fun, but it's all a little too, well, white bread.
—Leah Rozen People
...has strong performances and stirring football scenes. But its superficiality keeps it from being the moving story it could have been.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...surely intended no racially patronizing attitudes, yet at its queasiest The Blind Side veers perilously close to the concept of poverty tourism.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
The result isn't solid at all -- it's more like cotton-candy uplift.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Sticking safely to proven inspirational sports-movie/fish-out-of-water formulas while holding the inherent sociological issues to the sidelines, the dramedy doesn't skimp on the crowd-pleasing stuff, but given the setup, there also was room for more thought-provoking substance.
—Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter
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.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
The movie's manipulation is loathsome, but the whole thing is so skillful--the schematic structure, its calculatedly competent performances and appealing visuals, the commitment to overcoming adversity--that you may just weep.
—Aaron Cutler Slant Magazine