Blindness (2008)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This allegorical disaster film about society's reaction to mass blindness is mottled and self-satisfied; provocative but not as interesting as its premise implies.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

It's the rare movie that dissects the blackness of the soul; rarer still are ones that manage to find the darkness beautiful.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

Give this one a go guys, you'll see the world anew.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

Stilted, claustrophobic and more stylish than substantial.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

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.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Beckford
An entertaining movie with excellent acting and an intriguing plot that lost a few stars due to what I would consider illogical story elements. A In a… More
Chris Weber
This movie is part of a long line of dystopic/social breakdown picutres, and it doesn't really bring anything new to the proceedings, but the specific… More
Kevin M. Williams
The film begins literally conceptualizing the old expression: "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". Everyone everywhere goes… More
Wildaly M
The premise is absolutely intriguing. I think it is an interesting character study.
Jens S.
What would happen if everyone turned blind with no explanation or cure? Well, everyone but one person. This film is drawing a pessimistic picture of such a… More
Leigh Ryan
A bit off the beaten path. Interesting story, but it couldn't hold my interest the entire length of the film. It was... okay.