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Struck by Lightning Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
A sincere rather than charming or laugh-out-loud movie-and tonally, one of the latter would have made it work much better. It's also too serious-one wants more outrageousness-because that's what the fun little premise promises but doesn't quite deliver.
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 5, 2013
This is a highly confused film that doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 4, 2013
Likeable, frequently funny comedy enlivened by snappy dialogue and strong performances from a superb comic cast, though the overall plot is weak and the opening conceit referenced in the title fails to convey any dramatic or emotional weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
There are some nice spins on old high school clichés and enough off-center characters and good, occasionally great, dialogue that should make this one of the year's early hits in the art house market.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 14, 2013
The main character is more off-putting than endearing.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
January 11, 2013
Edgy high school comedy from Glee star has some iffy stuff
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 11, 2013
Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 11, 2013
Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
January 11, 2013
Struck By Lightning possesses a jarring mixture of tones, with moments of dark comedy sitting somewhat uneasily alongside scenes of quiet domestic drama.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2013
If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 10, 2013
Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension.
| Original Score: 2/5
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January 10, 2013
There isn't much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it's one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands in theaters in early January, the morgue for films nobody knows what to do with.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 10, 2013
In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
January 10, 2013
It's not exactly ambitious, but Struck by Lightning is a noble failure, with individual elements more interesting than the strangled, distracted whole.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 10, 2013
One can't blame Colfer for wanting to expand his range, but he's created a character who is neither hero nor villain, in a black comedy that is neither dark nor funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 10, 2013
Lightning is a funny, fast-moving movie, packed with barbed one-liners, goofy hyperbole, and all the oversized exasperation of teen angst. But it's too acid, particularly where Colfer is concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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January 9, 2013
At times the film is charming against its own will, but it remains needlessly complicated and obsessed with its own mythology and metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
January 9, 2013
All but the hard-core Colferphiles slink out embarrassed, feeling as confused and discombobulated as if they too just took an electric bolt to the brain.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2013
Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 9, 2013
A mediocre coming-of-age indie.
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