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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

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Joshua Tanzer

This concert, dressing up the blues in its funeral-home best for one last bash at Radio City, seems like a eulogy for this patrimonial art form. Why did it leave us so soon?

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2004
Harvey S. Karten

A doc of interest principally to those who are already "into" the blues.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

October 22, 2004
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Action director Antoine Fuqua's reverent but uninspired documentary preserves this once-in-a-lifetime combination of performances, many delivered by musicians whose age and infirmity are sadly evident.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 22, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Lightning is often great fun, and remains an important record.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

October 22, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Fuqua's film captures a night when lightning struck more than twice in the same place.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Lightning in a Bottle is an unforgettable concert that celebrates the blues as the music of the heart.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

October 22, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Lightning is a joyous, toe-tapping celebration of a musical style born of sorrow.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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This remarkable concert film documents the blues legends who gathered at Radio City Music Hall in 2003 for a historic and joyous musical summit.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2004
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

What passes for music on contemporary radio is laughable compared to the raw heartache and guitar-playing acumen conveyed in every whiskey-inspired song captured during the film's 106-minute running time.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 21, 2004
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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The music's sensational.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

October 20, 2004
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Lightning in a Bottle is most useful in spotlighting musicians like Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown who are still struggling to find recognition.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 19, 2004
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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Performances both lighthearted and smokin', backstage interviews, and archival footage projected on the hall's JumboTrons create an energetic gloss of blues history.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 19, 2004
Eddie Cockrell
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A compact, fast-paced and entirely joyful celebration.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 14, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

October 14, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film does feature a number of genuinely engaging performances.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2004
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Wobbly documentary with some memorable blues performances.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2004
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A superior documentary -- one that celebrates the joy of soulful musicians without resorting to distracting gimmicks.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 7, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.

March 18, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2007
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