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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The filmmakers really have captured something quite spectacular with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 28, 2005
It is as much a lesson in musical appreciation as it is a thrilling concert.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
March 25, 2005
Lightning in a Bottle is a feel-good film, ironically, for fans of the blues and a solid primer for newcomers to the sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
March 4, 2005
This is music for which there are not enough superlatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 7, 2005
Features performances by such masters of the form as Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, B.B. King. But the movie doesn't depend on your knowledge of them or their works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 7, 2005
[It] achieves the goal of every concert film, to make you feel like you were there - or at least wish you were there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
... we'll save the arguments about the patronizing nature of blues fetishism for another time. If you wish you were there, you'll want to see this film.
| Original Score: B+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 31, 2004
A thrilling experience for jazz fans, and if you're not in that category, the film's overpowering atmosphere could have you changing your tune within minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
The event's musical director, Steve Jordan, marvels at one point: 'Looks like y'all hired the phone book . . . just looked up "Blues" in the Yellow Pages.'
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Sean Daly
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
Features a who's who of world-wise bluesmen (and women) and newbie practitioners.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 16, 2004
Mostly, director Antoine Fuqua's straightforward film gives the greats a chance to shine, and they deliver.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2004
Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 10, 2004
Lightning in a Bottle is at once deliberate and agile.
Jonathan Takiff
Philadelphia Daily News
December 10, 2004
A fast, sweet, cram course in the blues. And it does so in an extremely coherent, vital and entertaining fashion.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 10, 2004
This 'blues' film devotes more time to the music of Jimi Hendrix than to that of Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 3, 2004
The musicians uncorked that bottle, sending lightning all over Radio City Music Hall. Thanks to Scorsese and Fuqua, we can all catch some bolts.
| Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 3, 2004
If you know the blues, you've heard it all before. And if you don't, the film, after a promising step-by-step primer opening, won't help you.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
December 3, 2004
Some of the blues performances here are rousingly hot and could make believers out of the staunchest classical music snob.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 2, 2004
For all the talk of the form's indomitable spirit, the picture that emerges is of a cultural artifact in desperate need of preservation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 2, 2004
Gets its great groove from the humor and dignity of the true blues musicians it documents.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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