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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

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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
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
October 22, 2004
Lightning is often great fun, and remains an important record.
October 22, 2004
Fuqua's film captures a night when lightning struck more than twice in the same place.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 22, 2004
Lightning is a joyous, toe-tapping celebration of a musical style born of sorrow.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
October 20, 2004
The music's sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 19, 2004
Lightning in a Bottle is most useful in spotlighting musicians like Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown who are still struggling to find recognition.
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.
October 14, 2004
A compact, fast-paced and entirely joyful celebration.
October 14, 2004
See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 19, 2004
...the film does feature a number of genuinely engaging performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2004
Wobbly documentary with some memorable blues performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 7, 2004
A superior documentary -- one that celebrates the joy of soulful musicians without resorting to distracting gimmicks.
March 18, 2004
The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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