Act of God

2009, Documentary, 1h 15m

17 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Survivors of lightning strikes from around the world offer their stories and reflections.

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Nick de Pencier
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Nick de Pencier
Cinematographer

Critic Reviews for Act of God

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (6)

  • [Jennifer] Baichwal's point of view is not religious; in fact, the strength and beauty of her project resides in its stubborn insistence on agnostic fuzziness.

    September 24, 2014 | Full Review…
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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • An undeniably provocative head-trip, laced with the most spectacular lightning-storm footage I've ever seen.

    November 12, 2009
  • Philosophically ripe but cinematically undercooked.

    November 6, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Neither filtered through nor structured around another artist's work, and suffers from the lack of a unifying vision, its parts greater than the whole.

    November 5, 2009 | Full Review…
  • [Jennifer] Baichwal's point of view is not religious; in fact, the strength and beauty of her project resides in its stubborn insistence on agnostic fuzziness.

    September 24, 2014 | Full Review…
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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • An undeniably provocative head-trip, laced with the most spectacular lightning-storm footage I've ever seen.

    November 12, 2009
  • There's plenty of awe to go around, be it religious, scientific, or both, but Act of God remains stubbornly stuck in the world of abstract mysticism.

    August 5, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For a documentary that's ostensibly about people being struck by lightning, it's a quiet and deeply philosophical treatise, filled with subtle grace and mortal agonies, often occurring side by side.

    August 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Act of God

  • Jan 26, 2011
    "Act of God" is a moderately interesting documentary that seeks to explore the differences in faith and science by talking to people who have been struck by lightning.(That's not to mention the museum in France devoted to lightning strikes.) They discuss how their lives have been changed, maybe not so much in a physical manner, but in a spiritual way. While some question why they survived and others did not, others had something along the lines of a near death experience. And as in anything, there are no easy answers.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2011
    Even though there were some cool pictures and videos of storm, even though there were some tragic stories about the storms and lighting itself and even though the subject matter could be very interesting, it was presented in a way that would make almost go to sleep. The science that they used to explain the storms or the effects on the brain anyways was very limited and pretty much for the whole part, this documentary did not keep my interest.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2010
    Short on facts and long on subjective, predictable mumbo-jumbo, this one was something of a let-down. I had hoped to hear some medical testimony and to learn more about the actual strikes and what it is really like to be hit by lightening. Apparently you just black out. If anything more interesting happened, the lightning victims interviewed in the movie would have had something remotely substantial to report other than obvious BS.
    Steve S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    Baichwal receives much critical acclaim for her films but I end up finding them dreadfully dull as cinematic experiences. Can someone show her how to make a documentary an exciting thing?
    John B Super Reviewer

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