| Original Score: B-
| Original Score: 3/4
The filmmakers really have captured something quite spectacular with this one.
| Original Score: A-
It is as much a lesson in musical appreciation as it is a thrilling concert.
Lightning in a Bottle is a feel-good film, ironically, for fans of the blues and a solid primer for newcomers to the sound.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This is music for which there are not enough superlatives.
| Original Score: 5/5
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Features performances by such masters of the form as Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, B.B. King. But the movie doesn't depend on your knowledge of them or their works.
| Original Score: 3/4
[It] achieves the goal of every concert film, to make you feel like you were there - or at least wish you were there.
... we'll save the arguments about the patronizing nature of blues fetishism for another time. If you wish you were there, you'll want to see this film.
| Original Score: B+
A thrilling experience for jazz fans, and if you're not in that category, the film's overpowering atmosphere could have you changing your tune within minutes.
The event's musical director, Steve Jordan, marvels at one point: 'Looks like y'all hired the phone book . . . just looked up "Blues" in the Yellow Pages.'
Features a who's who of world-wise bluesmen (and women) and newbie practitioners.
Mostly, director Antoine Fuqua's straightforward film gives the greats a chance to shine, and they deliver.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.
Lightning in a Bottle is at once deliberate and agile.
A fast, sweet, cram course in the blues. And it does so in an extremely coherent, vital and entertaining fashion.
The musicians uncorked that bottle, sending lightning all over Radio City Music Hall. Thanks to Scorsese and Fuqua, we can all catch some bolts.
| Original Score: 9/10
Some of the blues performances here are rousingly hot and could make believers out of the staunchest classical music snob.
For all the talk of the form's indomitable spirit, the picture that emerges is of a cultural artifact in desperate need of preservation.
| Original Score: 4/5