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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2004
The massive stage at Radio City Music Hall doesn't lend itself easily to the intimate particulars of the blues.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2004
With nearly every song being a classic, this would be a soundtrack for the ages. Blues aficionados won't want to miss this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 2, 2004
The lack of history in this sometimes musically breathtaking film is disappointing and perplexing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 10, 2004
This 'blues' film devotes more time to the music of Jimi Hendrix than to that of Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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+
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
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
March 18, 2004
The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.
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
March 28, 2005
It is as much a lesson in musical appreciation as it is a thrilling concert.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 19, 2004
If the movie seems at times a little thin in its chronology and scholarship, it more than makes up for that in the quality of performances that ranges from the cool fire of Angelique Kidjo to the hot smoke of B.B. King.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2005
This is music for which there are not enough superlatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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 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 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 is often great fun, and remains an important record.
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