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Lightning in a Bottle Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.
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
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
Gets its great groove from the humor and dignity of the true blues musicians it documents.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
November 19, 2004
Any movie with Ruth Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville (with his brothers) for openers can't be all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set -- men and women in their late sixties through to their late eighties -- performing the music they've lived and breathed their whole lives.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
It's hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2004
If you ever loved this kind of music, Lightning will bring the reasons back. If you haven't, you'll likely wonder where this has been all your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2004
An aptly named blast from the past that manages to sizzle in the present.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 4, 2004
Performances by Mavis Staples, Son House, Solomon Burke, Odetta, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Natalie Cole et al. sear right through the careful packaging to lay bare the core of the music.
November 4, 2004
Entertaining, exalting educational, uplifting -- and a total blast.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2004
The best thing about this film of an all-star 2003 Radio City Music Hall concert is, perhaps predictably, the still-sizzling power of elder statesmen and stateswomen of the blues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 20, 2004
The music's sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
March 18, 2004
The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.