Lightning in a Bottle
Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 22, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Richard Harrington
Washington Post

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.'

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The filmmakers really have captured something quite spectacular with this one.

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David Cornelius

This is music for which there are not enough superlatives.

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Sean Daly
Washington Post

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

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Eric D. Snider

It is as much a lesson in musical appreciation as it is a thrilling concert.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Features performances by such masters of the form as Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, B.B. King. But the movie doesn't depend on your knowledge of them or their works.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Every so often there comes a must-see movie. This one's a must-hear.

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Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

Lightning in a Bottle is a feel-good film, ironically, for fans of the blues and a solid primer for newcomers to the sound.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[It] achieves the goal of every concert film, to make you feel like you were there - or at least wish you were there.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
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.