Notes on Blindness
Notes on Blindness (2016)

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audiocassette. Following the Emmy… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 16, 2016
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2017
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Notes on Blindness traces one man's difficult journey and emerges with a reflection on the human condition that's as uplifting and edifying as it is simply moving.

Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

English writer and theologian John Hull, who went blind in the early 1980s and kept an audio diary of his experience, is the subject of this thought-provoking film, which takes an unusual if not always successful approach to the documentary form.

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Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com

Quite often, the filmmakers go for blurry scenery, surreal events and odd camera shots that feel more like gimmicks than an accurate representation of its subject's affliction.

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Eloise Ross
Seventh Row

Notes on Blindness traces a distinctive path, but it is hard to say whether an experimental film like this will attract audiences not already familiar with Hull's work.

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Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times

Achingly poignant and startlingly immediate

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

The filmmakers create art out of what too often is a documentary stopgap.

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Niall McArdle
Film Ireland Magazine

Notes on Blindness is a moving, intimate documentary, a triumph of sound and image, and a poetic examination of love, loss, memory and marriage.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

A deeply sensitive interpretation of the subject's reflective testament on disability.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The tone of the narration is so wrenchingly honest that the film never lapses into self-pity or relies on mystical platitudes.

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Stephen Puddicombe
Total Film

Hull's observations -- an audio diary -- provide plenty of insight and engagement.

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