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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews


Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2011
Ben Walters
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2007

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 17, 2004
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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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.'

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 17, 2004
Sean Daly
Washington Post
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Features a who's who of world-wise bluesmen (and women) and newbie practitioners.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 17, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

December 16, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If you know the blues, you've heard it all before. And if you don't, the film, after a promising step-by-step primer opening, won't help you.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2004
Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
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Some of the blues performances here are rousingly hot and could make believers out of the staunchest classical music snob.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 3, 2004
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Gets its great groove from the humor and dignity of the true blues musicians it documents.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

December 2, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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If the movie seems at times a little thin in its chronology and scholarship, it more than makes up for that in the quality of performances that ranges from the cool fire of Angelique Kidjo to the hot smoke of B.B. King.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
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Any movie with Ruth Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville (with his brothers) for openers can't be all bad.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set -- men and women in their late sixties through to their late eighties -- performing the music they've lived and breathed their whole lives.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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The massive stage at Radio City Music Hall doesn't lend itself easily to the intimate particulars of the blues.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's hugely entertaining.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 5, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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If you ever loved this kind of music, Lightning will bring the reasons back. If you haven't, you'll likely wonder where this has been all your life.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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An aptly named blast from the past that manages to sizzle in the present.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

November 4, 2004
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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Performances by Mavis Staples, Son House, Solomon Burke, Odetta, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Natalie Cole et al. sear right through the careful packaging to lay bare the core of the music.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 4, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Entertaining, exalting educational, uplifting -- and a total blast.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2004
Misha Berson
Seattle Times
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The best thing about this film of an all-star 2003 Radio City Music Hall concert is, perhaps predictably, the still-sizzling power of elder statesmen and stateswomen of the blues.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 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
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
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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The music's sensational.

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

October 20, 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
Variety
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A compact, fast-paced and entirely joyful celebration.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 14, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.

March 18, 2004
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