Lightning in a Bottle Synopsis
A music documentary about the blues.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A movie which, like all the best blues, makes good times out of bad times, makes smiles out of hurt, makes tears taste like honey.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's hugely entertaining.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Simply lets the sinfully gorgeous music and emotions sweep over an audience.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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The end result is something like the best blues festival anyone could have thrown last year, although Lightning in a Bottle falls a fair...
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75

Miami Herald

By Howard Cohen
If you haven't caught Lightning on PBS already, find a theater with a good sound system, sit back and be grateful the music endures.
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75

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A joyous, toe-tapping celebration of a musical style born of sorrow.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Fuqua's passion for the music comes through in the clear, unobtrusive style of the film, which mixes generous footage of the event's...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
The music's sensational, but you keep waiting for the pledge number to flash up.
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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language