Lightning in a Bottle (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lightning in a Bottle (2004)



Critic Consensus: Lightning in a Bottle pays dazzling tribute to the blues by capturing its power and excitement through backstage interviews and performance footage.

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A one night, one time only concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in which some of the greatest performers in the history of Blues music, including BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler and Macy Gray performed together. Captures the emotional spontaneity that only live performances of the Blues can. Interviews with BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Chris Thomas King, Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughn, Honeyboy Edwards, Ruth Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Solomon Burke, Steve Jordan, and Vernon Reid.

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Critic Reviews for Lightning in a Bottle

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (25)

The event's musical director, Steve Jordan, marvels at one point: 'Looks like y'all hired the phone book . . . just looked up "Blues" in the Yellow Pages.'

December 17, 2004 | Full Review…

Features a who's who of world-wise bluesmen (and women) and newbie practitioners.

December 17, 2004 | Full Review…

If you know the blues, you've heard it all before. And if you don't, the film, after a promising step-by-step primer opening, won't help you.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Some of the blues performances here are rousingly hot and could make believers out of the staunchest classical music snob.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Gets its great groove from the humor and dignity of the true blues musicians it documents.

December 2, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If the movie seems at times a little thin in its chronology and scholarship, it more than makes up for that in the quality of performances that ranges from the cool fire of Angelique Kidjo to the hot smoke of B.B. King.

November 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lightning in a Bottle

What an honour to see this film with Antoine Fuqua and a collection of the legends that were finally honoured. A wonderful night of blues.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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