Beyond the Lights Synopsis
Noni is the music world’s latest superstar. The pressures of fame have Noni on the edge - until she meets Kaz, a young cop who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard.
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Critic Ratings

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RogerEbert.com

By Odie Henderson
Beyond the Lights makes unapologetically damning statements about the music industry’s treatment of women, yet it never feels preachy. It...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Leah Greenblatt
Both Mbatha-Raw and Parker are appealing, expressive actors, and writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) lets them...
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83

HitFix

Mbatha-Raw is shockingly good in creating both the "Noni" public persona and the real Noni.
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80

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
A movie isn’t a cliché when it can sing like this.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This unusually intelligent crowd-pleaser is welcome proof that quality filmmaking needn’t be limited by subject, audience or budget.
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80

The Dissolve

By Genevieve Koski
Melodrama is defined by exaggerated characters and events, as well as overt appeals to emotion, and Beyond The Lights fits that mold ably...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
Mbatha-Raw continues to be a true revelation in a role that could be not be any more different from her star turn in “Belle” this year.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its focus on integrity, creativity and identity, Beyond the Lights is a rare intelligent romantic drama.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As a work of art, the movie is merely on the bright side of OK. But as a vehicle for an emerging star, as a platform to show one actress in...
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70

Variety

By Geoff Berkshire
Beyond the Lights is a strange beast, a music-industry romance that alternates freely between wisdom and mawkishness, caustic...
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Very Dim "Lights"

By gabbycorner
"Beyond the Lights" is so bogged down with cliches and familiarity, that by the end of it's two hour running time you literally feel that you have been sufacated. The acting is good with an excellent...

Beyond the Lights

By lopez60652
Excellent Movie!!...

Loved it!

By autumnazaleas
Great movie, I'll see it again!...

Great great love story

By jlh314a
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the acting, writing, flow etc. A great love story and we are glad Relativity and BET gave this script and cast a chance!! Very well done....

Sweet and Romantic!

By kiarampowell
I really enjoyed this movie and I liked both of the main character's story lines. I love how Noni is a British mixed girl who was really trying to find herself. Kaz is such a sweet guy :)...

EXCEPTIONALLY AWESOME!!!

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Feel Good Movie

By Jeromecgant
Pain, hurt, love, redemption...it's all there. It's a feels good movie with some great music. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker were excellent....

beyond the lights

By mistypaisant37
great movie had a little tear in my eye.. love it...

OMG

By jaidacheeks
Oh my gosh I loved this movie, it had me thinking a lot about my relationship. The songs that I acting the scenarios were great I knew I would like it because of the producer and director because...

terrific! excellent date night film.

By veronica1765
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More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Sexual Content, Partial Nudity, Language, Suggestive Gestures and Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Powerful romantic drama depicts the downside of celebrity.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF