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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
If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
At times the film is charming against its own will, but it remains needlessly complicated and obsessed with its own mythology and metaphors.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ...
| Original Score: B-
A mediocre coming-of-age indie.
Struck by Lightning means well, but its gentle dissection of high school cliques brings nothing new to the genre ...
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
Chris Colfer's Glee appeal is AWOL in this strained dark comedy about a high school misfit.