Waiting For Lightning Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 9, 2013
While providing a fantastically visual diversion for aspiring skateboarders, this documentary lacks any personal insight into or commentary about legendary Danny Way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
December 8, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 8, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2012
Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 7, 2012
The person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is largely missing. Go figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 7, 2012
Only for the converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
December 6, 2012
It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jon Caramanica
New York Times
December 6, 2012
IIf it's a god on a skateboard you want, a god on a skateboard you'll get in this hagiography ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
December 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 6, 2012
Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 6, 2012
Even without its central subject actually weighing in, this likeably scruffy documentary tells you a lot about the impetus behind shredding and being gnarly.
Chase Whale
TwitchFilm
December 6, 2012
Waiting for Lightning is a true underdog story that will make anyone feel invincible, even for just 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 6, 2012
A kind of "Behind the Music" for the skateboard set (only without much input from the main songwriter, as it were).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
December 4, 2012
Pretty boilerplate doc material.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
December 4, 2012
Rosenberg's approach is heavy with archival footage and interviews, yet oddly features almost nothing from Way himself; his puzzling absence for most of the film turns the project into less of a biography than a one-note hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Noah Lee
Film Threat
December 3, 2012
Rosenberg has succeeded in putting together a compelling story of a man, who through many defeats, has always risen to success.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 26, 2012
It's not many Americans whose names are engraved on the Great Wall of China. Daredevil Danny May certainly deserves the honor. Get stoked.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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