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Struck by Lightning Reviews

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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
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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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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.
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.
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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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
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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
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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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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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Brian Miller
Village Voice
January 9, 2013
Struck by Lightning means well, but its gentle dissection of high school cliques brings nothing new to the genre ...
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
April 26, 2012
A class-five pity party so unbearably condescending and unconvincing that it might just make you run out and buy an "I'm With Mitt" t-shirt, it makes an inadvertent but hugely compelling pro-bullying argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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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
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 14, 2013
The main character is more off-putting than endearing.
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
April 25, 2012
Colfer is 21 now and was presumably at least a couple of years younger than that when he penned it. Simply put, it plays like a movie written by a teenager.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 9, 2013
A mediocre coming-of-age indie.
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2012
Chris Colfer's Glee appeal is AWOL in this strained dark comedy about a high school misfit.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 9, 2013
A decidedly uncertain step into feature films from an actor with a long career ahead of him.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 9, 2013
"Glee" favorite Chris Colfer wrote and stars in this particularly self-serving vehicle, the narcissism of which impedes the fun.
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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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