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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Edgy high school comedy from Glee star has some iffy stuff
Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ...
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 6.2/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This is a highly confused film that doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to be.
| Original Score: 2/5
The main character is more off-putting than endearing.
Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.
| Original Score: 2/4
Struck By Lightning possesses a jarring mixture of tones, with moments of dark comedy sitting somewhat uneasily alongside scenes of quiet domestic drama.
If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.
Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension.
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.
In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul.
It's not exactly ambitious, but Struck by Lightning is a noble failure, with individual elements more interesting than the strangled, distracted whole.
| Original Score: D+
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.
Lightning is a funny, fast-moving movie, packed with barbed one-liners, goofy hyperbole, and all the oversized exasperation of teen angst. But it's too acid, particularly where Colfer is concerned.
| Original Score: C+