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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The construction is more like a TV reality show than a work of journalism or personal exploration; it's meant to keep you tuned in without actually revealing anything."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Another descendant of Stacy Peralta's influential Dogtown and Z-Boys, but more stylish and engaging than most of its less inquisitive, like-minded, hagiographic stunt spectaculars."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Even without its central subject actually weighing in, this likeably scruffy documentary tells you a lot about the impetus behind shredding and being gnarly."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is largely missing. Go figure."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"IIf it's a god on a skateboard you want, a god on a skateboard you'll get in this hagiography ..."
‑ Jon Caramanica, New York Times
"While providing a fantastically visual diversion for aspiring skateboarders, this documentary lacks any personal insight into or commentary about legendary Danny Way."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Director Jacob Rosenberg interviews Way and many of his friends, relations and peers, but he never digs too deeply or draws out of them much more than the clichéd "this is what he was born to do" talking points."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Waiting for Lightning is a true underdog story that will make anyone feel invincible, even for just 90 minutes."
‑ Chase Whale, Twitch
"Only for the converted."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?""
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"It's quite astounding to see Way taking huge spills at some of his jumps only to get back on his board and try again."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"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."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Rosenberg has succeeded in putting together a compelling story of a man, who through many defeats, has always risen to success."
‑ Noah Lee, Film Threat
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