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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

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September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
The filmmakers really have captured something quite spectacular with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 28, 2005
It is as much a lesson in musical appreciation as it is a thrilling concert.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
March 4, 2005
This is music for which there are not enough superlatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
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.'
December 17, 2004
Features a who's who of world-wise bluesmen (and women) and newbie practitioners.
December 16, 2004
Mostly, director Antoine Fuqua's straightforward film gives the greats a chance to shine, and they deliver.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2004
Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.
December 10, 2004
Lightning in a Bottle is at once deliberate and agile.
December 10, 2004
A fast, sweet, cram course in the blues. And it does so in an extremely coherent, vital and entertaining fashion.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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