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Based on 24 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The end result is something like the best blues festival anyone could have thrown last year, although Lightning in a Bottle falls a fair piece short of its own lofty goal. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Fuqua's passion for the music comes through in the clear, unobtrusive style of the film, which mixes generous footage of the event's performances with interviews and archival footage, all adding up to a luscious historical snapshot of one America's original art forms. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Simply lets the sinfully gorgeous music and emotions sweep over an audience. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    See it with an open heart and a tapping toe. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's hugely entertaining. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances. show more

  • 75
    Howard Cohen Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    A joyous, toe-tapping celebration of a musical style born of sorrow. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Comes alive with the more relaxed performances from its senior set. show more

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