29 March 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Did you catch The Blind Side at the weekend? Did Sandra Bullock deserve her Oscar, or is the Academy guilty of rewarding a mushy, sugar-coated slice of sentimentality?

It's been praised in the Us as a feel good study of human nature at its most transcendent: the tale of a well-heeled southern Christian Republican mom who took in an oversized black teenager from the wrong side of the tracks and helped him turn his life around. Yet on this side of the Atlantic at least, The Blind Side has been roundly pilloried for its patronising TV-movie-esque take on what most critics suspect must have been a far more complex real-life story.

Michael Oher, the giant bear of a boy at the heart of the film, is now a successful offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens NFL side, and Leigh Anne Tuohy, played here by Sandra Bullock, really did adopt him »

- Ben Child

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