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Blinded by the Light

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United Kingdom · 2019
Rated PG-13 · 1h 54m
Director Gurinder Chadha
Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir
Genre Drama, Comedy, Music

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a Pakistani teenager discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. Through the music of The Boss, Javad is able to escape the pressure of a workaholic father and the threats of local racist skinheads to find his own voice.

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Film Threat by Anthony Ray Bench

This is a feel-good movie that tackles a bunch of tough topics, from politics, race, family traditions, social frustrations, and romance. It never feels preachy or overly cheesy.


The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

There’s something so constructed and suffocating about watching a tried and tested formula not working, the over-sentimental string-pulling on show for all to see.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

If you have even the slightest emotional connection to Springsteen’s music — if you’ve ever found salvation in a rock song, or desperately wished that you could change your clothes, your hair, your face — this giddy steamroller of a movie is going to flatten you whether you like it or not.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Light is just as faithful to formula as Bend It Like Beckham and just as reliant on its lead's likability; here, newcomer Viveik Kalra radiates enough guileless enthusiasm to carry viewers past the film's rough patches.


The Playlist by Jordan Ruimy

This is one of the most joyous and exhilarating movies you will see this year and because there is so much passion flowing out from the music, screenplay, and acting, you totally forgive the film when it strays into the predictable and even a little bit of corniness.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

It’s the sort of unguarded drama they used to make in the ‘80s — a coming-of-age tale of unabashed earnestness — but it’s also a delirious and romantic rock ‘n’ roll parable.


Screen International by Tim Grierson

While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss’s greatest hits for its emotional high points, this remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice.

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