Beyond the Lights

Lists: Drama, Music

Brief Synopsis: "A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success."

Overall Ranking: 1387 (Rank from 2014: # 77)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 83.33%
Half-Popped 16.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - Marked by raw and tender emotion, Beyond the Lights is a touching tale of two lovers who are dancing monkeys caged by their parents and professions alike. Despite offering a fairly predictable narrative, Gina Prince-Bythewood delivers a highly enjoyable film in Beyond the Lights.
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Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine80 - The film’s warmth is due in no small part to the luminous Gugu Mbatha-Raw who brings the adult Noni to life with a combination of fragility and fire in one vibrant, vulnerable package. She’s has a gift for conveying the full spectrum of emotions without ever saying a word. You always know what she’s thinking or feeling every moment she’s onscreen. You can’t help but feel for and with her in every scene.
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Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 5
Rewatch: 7
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin70(full review)
Dan O'Neill65(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)

People Involved

  • Minnie Driver (Macy Jean)
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Noni Jean)
  • Danny Glover (Captain David Nicol)
  • Jordan Belfi (Steve Sams)
  • Nate Parker (Kaz Nicol)
  • Aisha Hinds (J Stanley)
  • Aml Ameen (Trey)
  • Hayley Marie Norman (Shai)
  • Elaine Tan (April)
  • Darryl Stephens (Quentin)
  • Joseph Aviel (Security)
  • Tom Wright (Reverend Brown)
  • Datari Turner (Nonis boyfriend in music video)
  • Machine Gun Kelly (Kid Culprit)
  • Jesse Woodrow (Carl)
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood (Director)