Reviews: Beyond the Lights (2014)

beyond_the_lightsReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Beyond the Lights” is a fascinating cinematic experiment that represents progressive, feminist filmmaking without being overbearing.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Secret Life of Bees”) may have borrowed from the time worn formulas of films from “A Star Is Born” to “The Bodyguard,” but her modernized throwback still feels like a breath of fresh air.
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: What sets Beyond the Lights apart from other mainstream romances—and despite the largely black cast, this film maintains an assured classic structure—is the attention to the details of the lovers’ lives and the way such now-familiar components of popular culture as paparazzi, scandal-mongering, hero worship, and image creation actually affect those who work in the public eye.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: As she literally strips away the long colored strands of straight hair woven into her own, she symbolically reveals her true self. It’s an affecting transformation and Gugu Mbatha-Raw makes the metamorphosis seem fresh and new.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: …this romantic backstage-drama fine-tunes and breathes fresh life into shopworn clichés in this time of social media with a realistic insider-look at fame and a believable romantic angle that actually sizzles.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend
    • Excerpt: It’s tedious. It’s frustrating. And it’s a waste of its talent. But if you want to understand why so many critics and filmmakers are chattering about Gugu Mbatha-Raw, you can’t miss it.”

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