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Waiting For Lightning (2012)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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WAITING FOR LIGHTNING is the story of Danny Way, the skateboarder whose dream was to jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard. It's a film about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the challenges life presents, and how high and far dreams can fly. In his quest for greatness, Way continues to shape the very sport which helped save his own life. (c) Samuel Goldwyn


Documentary, Sports & Fitness

Bret Anthony Johnston

Mar 4, 2013


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Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is largely missing. Go figure.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Only for the converted.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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IIf it's a god on a skateboard you want, a god on a skateboard you'll get in this hagiography ...

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The construction is more like a TV reality show than a work of journalism or personal exploration; it's meant to keep you tuned in without actually revealing anything.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While providing a fantastically visual diversion for aspiring skateboarders, this documentary lacks any personal insight into or commentary about legendary Danny Way.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

It's quite astounding to see Way taking huge spills at some of his jumps only to get back on his board and try again.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Another descendant of Stacy Peralta's influential Dogtown and Z-Boys, but more stylish and engaging than most of its less inquisitive, like-minded, hagiographic stunt spectaculars.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

Director Jacob Rosenberg interviews Way and many of his friends, relations and peers, but he never digs too deeply or draws out of them much more than the clichéd "this is what he was born to do" talking points.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The line between fearlessness and idiocy can be a thin one, especially in this sport, and the doc never gets too far under Way's skin.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Even without its central subject actually weighing in, this likeably scruffy documentary tells you a lot about the impetus behind shredding and being gnarly.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Waiting for Lightning is a true underdog story that will make anyone feel invincible, even for just 90 minutes.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch

Rosenberg has succeeded in putting together a compelling story of a man, who through many defeats, has always risen to success.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

With Danny Way almost never weighing in directly, the film's attempts to portray his story as an inspirational tale of triumph over adversity scarcely registers.

December 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's not many Americans whose names are engraved on the Great Wall of China. Daredevil Danny May certainly deserves the honor. Get stoked.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source:

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    1. Danny Way: Nothing's too gnarly.
    – Submitted by Harry L (19 months ago)
    1. Danny Way: Once you loose the fear of death you really learn how to live.
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
    1. Laird Hamilton: Danny is doing what he is meant to do.
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
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