Waiting for Lightning Synopsis
In 2005, skateboarder Danny Way tries to jump over the Great Wall of China.
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Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The line between fearlessness and idiocy can be a thin one, especially in this sport, and the doc never gets too far under Way's skin. But...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports.
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50

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
There's more waiting than lightning in Waiting for Lightning, a nonetheless watchable-enough documentary about the preparations leading up...
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50

Village Voice

Unfortunately, as the extensive footage of kick flips, fakies, and grinders goes from thrilling to routine, we're left waiting - and...
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50

Los Angeles Times

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Unfortunately, the athlete himself simply isn't much of a presence in this documentary, even as the film aims to celebrate him.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Eventually, though, Waiting For Lightning suffers greatly from the absence of Way himself.
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40

Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
Director Jacob Rosenberg's approach is heavy with archival footage and interviews, yet oddly features almost nothing from Way himself; his...
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38

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
With Danny Way almost never weighing in directly, the film's attempts to portray his story as an inspirational tale of triumph over...
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38

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Director Jacob Rosenberg makes heavy use of family photos and talking heads, but the person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is...
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Waiting for Lightning

By marayoung
I have never considered myself to be skateboarding fan but I was completely blown away by this movie. Danny Way is an inspiration to me and he just never gave up on his dreams! A great and...

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By bronco135
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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic Material, Dangerous Sports Action, Some Language and Involving Drugs and Alcohol
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Routine docu about skateboard champ Danny Way.
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