• Unrated, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Brian Dannelly
    In Theaters:
    Jan 11, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 21, 2013
  • Tribeca Film


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Struck by Lightning Reviews

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Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

July 4, 2013
Elias Savada
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2013
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Edgy high school comedy from Glee star has some iffy stuff

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ...

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

January 9, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.2/10

January 7, 2013
Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 3, 2013
Brian Juergens

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 Source: AfterElton.com | Original Score: 7/10

May 18, 2012
Perri Nemiroff

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 2, 2012
Travis Hopson

This is a highly confused film that doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to be.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 5, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

The main character is more off-putting than endearing.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

January 14, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 11, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2013
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

Struck By Lightning possesses a jarring mixture of tones, with moments of dark comedy sitting somewhat uneasily alongside scenes of quiet domestic drama.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

January 11, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2013
Ella Taylor
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 10, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: D+

January 10, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2013
Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

January 10, 2013
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