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When one man is struck blind while driving home from work, his whole world is turned to an eerie, milky haze. One by one, each person he encounters suffers the same unsettling fate. As the contagion spreads, and paranoia sets in, the newly blind victims of the "White Sickness" are quarantined within an abandoned mental asylum. But, inside the quarantined hospital, there is one woman who has only pretended she is blind in order to stay beside her husband. She will lead a makeshift family of seven people on a journey to break out of the hospital and into the devastated city where they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I have to admire a mainstream movie that's so overwhelmingly bleak, but that's the only real distinction of this dystopian sci-fi drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Set in a nameless English-speaking city where people are suddenly stricken with sightlessness, it's an allegory that never rises to the level of believability."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Give this one a go guys, you'll see the world anew."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"It's hard to explain all the vitriol aimed at Meirelles' film, which is a beautifully shot picture that is as haunting and profound as it is thought-provoking."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"No matter how you look at this film, it is a chilling look at what makes us tick at our very basic nature."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Sadly, 'Blindness' may realise its director's worst fear: to produce not only an exploitation B-movie but one, paradoxically, spoiled by its own integrity and misplaced 'artistic' mise-en-scène and intentions."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Blindness is a glum, ugly film, and pretentious in the bargain. But, perhaps least excusable, it is a fundamentally ill-conceived film, the visual depiction of a world without sight."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"The picture is elongated to a punishing two hours of suffering, infuriatingly slavish screenwriting, and a director who should be gifted the miracle of a tripod this upcoming holiday season."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Takes the post-apocalyptic themes of Children of Men and blends it with the jaded morality of Lord of the Flies to questionable success"
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"Glover's occasional all-knowing commentary and the dreary music score dull the edges of what was bound to be a challenging project."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Stilted, claustrophobic and more stylish than substantial."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"It's a beautiful car that never quite cranks up. The book is deep allegory, lost in time and place, describing a suffocating little world. It's hard to get at that in cinematic form."
‑ Neely Tucker, Washington Post
"Like the film's thematic elements, the camera trickery comes off as unnecessarily pretentious, the sort of thing film students applaud while mainstream audiences yawn."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Blindness is a film that is trying to come off as organic and artsy, but feels too contrived."
‑ Clay Cane,
"The film is far from dull or careless but it's not convincing as a lesson in human frailty. If you're going to subject us to this much degradation, it has to be irresistibly believable, not just relentless."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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