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Waiting For Lightning Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 2, 2012
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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 Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

March 20, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 5/10

January 9, 2013
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
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Pretty boilerplate doc material.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 4, 2012
Jon Caramanica
New York Times
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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 ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 6, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops.

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

December 7, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is largely missing. Go figure.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 7, 2012
Joe Leydon
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A slickly produced, unabashedly celebratory pic about professional skateboarder Danny Way.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 10, 2012
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Only for the converted.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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 Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2012
Noah Lee
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 3, 2012
Chase Whale

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

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: B+

December 6, 2012
Edward Douglas

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 Source: | Original Score: 8/10

December 14, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2012
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: B

November 26, 2012
Brent Simon

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 Source: | Original Score: B-

December 8, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A kind of "Behind the Music" for the skateboard set (only without much input from the main songwriter, as it were).

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 6, 2012
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