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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

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Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
October 27, 2004
This concert, dressing up the blues in its funeral-home best for one last bash at Radio City, seems like a eulogy for this patrimonial art form. Why did it leave us so soon?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 22, 2004
A doc of interest principally to those who are already "into" the blues.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2004
Action director Antoine Fuqua's reverent but uninspired documentary preserves this once-in-a-lifetime combination of performances, many delivered by musicians whose age and infirmity are sadly evident.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 22, 2004
Lightning is often great fun, and remains an important record.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 22, 2004
Fuqua's film captures a night when lightning struck more than twice in the same place.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 22, 2004
Lightning in a Bottle is an unforgettable concert that celebrates the blues as the music of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 22, 2004
Lightning is a joyous, toe-tapping celebration of a musical style born of sorrow.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 21, 2004
This remarkable concert film documents the blues legends who gathered at Radio City Music Hall in 2003 for a historic and joyous musical summit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
October 21, 2004
What passes for music on contemporary radio is laughable compared to the raw heartache and guitar-playing acumen conveyed in every whiskey-inspired song captured during the film's 106-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 2004
The music's sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 19, 2004
Lightning in a Bottle is most useful in spotlighting musicians like Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown who are still struggling to find recognition.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
Performances both lighthearted and smokin', backstage interviews, and archival footage projected on the hall's JumboTrons create an energetic gloss of blues history.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
October 14, 2004
A compact, fast-paced and entirely joyful celebration.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2004
See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 19, 2004
...the film does feature a number of genuinely engaging performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 24, 2004
Wobbly documentary with some memorable blues performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 7, 2004
A superior documentary -- one that celebrates the joy of soulful musicians without resorting to distracting gimmicks.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2004
The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
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