• 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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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
Amanda Mae Meyncke
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At times the film is charming against its own will, but it remains needlessly complicated and obsessed with its own mythology and metaphors.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

January 9, 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
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

June 27, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
Brian Miller
Village Voice
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Struck by Lightning means well, but its gentle dissection of high school cliques brings nothing new to the genre ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 9, 2013
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

A class-five pity party so unbearably condescending and unconvincing that it might just make you run out and buy an "I'm With Mitt" t-shirt, it makes an inadvertent but hugely compelling pro-bullying argument.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

April 26, 2012
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
Todd Jorgenson

The main character is more off-putting than endearing.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

January 14, 2013
Rob Nelson
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A mediocre coming-of-age indie.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 9, 2013
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Chris Colfer's Glee appeal is AWOL in this strained dark comedy about a high school misfit.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 26, 2012
Marc Mohan

A decidedly uncertain step into feature films from an actor with a long career ahead of him.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

January 9, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

"Glee" favorite Chris Colfer wrote and stars in this particularly self-serving vehicle, the narcissism of which impedes the fun.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 9, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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All but the hard-core Colferphiles slink out embarrassed, feeling as confused and discombobulated as if they too just took an electric bolt to the brain.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

January 9, 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
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