Act of God
Act of God (2009)

Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal helmed this reflective documentary that ponders the spiritual, emotional, and metaphysical ramifications of being struck by a lightning bolt. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of this… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 31, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir

An undeniably provocative head-trip, laced with the most spectacular lightning-storm footage I've ever seen.

Ella Taylor
Village Voice

Baichwal is the least judgmental of interviewers, which is a double-edged sword when the solemn testimony ("I had come to meet me") induces a barely resistible urge to laugh.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

For a documentary that's ostensibly about people being struck by lightning, it's a quiet and deeply philosophical treatise, filled with subtle grace and mortal agonies, often occurring side by side.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Philosophically ripe but cinematically undercooked.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

"It changed my way of looking at the world," says one of the survivors. That's not a bad description of the movie itself.

Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

[Jennifer] Baichwal's point of view is not religious; in fact, the strength and beauty of her project resides in its stubborn insistence on agnostic fuzziness.

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Ronnie Scheib

Neither filtered through nor structured around another artist's work, and suffers from the lack of a unifying vision, its parts greater than the whole.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

The film doesn't need a narrator, since the people whose accounts we hear speak so absorbingly. All talking heads should talk so articulately.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An alluring documentary about the shocking power and mystery of lightning in human experience.

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Walter M.
"Act of God" is a moderately interesting documentary that seeks to explore the differences in faith and science by talking to people who have been… More
Steve Strange
Short on facts and long on subjective, predictable mumbo-jumbo, this one was something of a let-down. I had hoped to hear some medical testimony and to learn… More
John Ballantine
Baichwal receives much critical acclaim for her films but I end up finding them dreadfully dull as cinematic experiences. Can someone show her how to make a… More
meril lupin
I thought it would be a movie about how being struck by lightning had changed people's lives, but it was basically about how lightning has killed some… More