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Struck by Lightning Reviews

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Matthew Turner
July 4, 2013
Likeable, frequently funny comedy enlivened by snappy dialogue and strong performances from a superb comic cast, though the overall plot is weak and the opening conceit referenced in the title fails to convey any dramatic or emotional weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
There are some nice spins on old high school clichés and enough off-center characters and good, occasionally great, dialogue that should make this one of the year's early hits in the art house market.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
January 11, 2013
Edgy high school comedy from Glee star has some iffy stuff
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2013
Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
January 7, 2013
Colfer here is aggressively smart and unrelentingly snarky. ... It's a smart move on his part ... showcasing his potential range as an actor and as a writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
January 3, 2013
What makes this film rise a bit above the pack is the recurring idea that everyone wants to leave their nests and fly high into the sky, but few are able.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Juergens
May 18, 2012
An unexpectedly serious-minded comedy that sets itself apart from other teen fare by tackling adolescent ambition without the safety net of irony or sarcasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Perri Nemiroff
May 2, 2012
If you're not keeping a keen eye on the camerawork, it's easy to get lost in the film's assets - the characters are likable, the jokes are spot on & it's an all-around good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
A sincere rather than charming or laugh-out-loud movie-and tonally, one of the latter would have made it work much better. It's also too serious-one wants more outrageousness-because that's what the fun little premise promises but doesn't quite deliver.
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
This is a highly confused film that doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
January 14, 2013
The main character is more off-putting than endearing.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 11, 2013
Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 11, 2013
Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
January 11, 2013
Struck By Lightning possesses a jarring mixture of tones, with moments of dark comedy sitting somewhat uneasily alongside scenes of quiet domestic drama.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2013
If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 10, 2013
Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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January 10, 2013
There isn't much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it's one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands in theaters in early January, the morgue for films nobody knows what to do with.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 10, 2013
In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
January 10, 2013
It's not exactly ambitious, but Struck by Lightning is a noble failure, with individual elements more interesting than the strangled, distracted whole.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 10, 2013
One can't blame Colfer for wanting to expand his range, but he's created a character who is neither hero nor villain, in a black comedy that is neither dark nor funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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