Lightning Over Water
Lightning Over Water (1980)

Lightning Over Water is a penetrating documentary of the last days of cult film director Nicholas Ray. The film was lovingly assembled by Wim Wenders, whose idolatry of Ray is obvious in virtually every frame of his own work. Dying slowly… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Even with its painful contradictions and discomfitures, it's that current rarity: one for the heart.

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TV Guide

A poignant and often painful film in which Wenders and the terminally ill Ray attempt to make a film together in the last days before Ray's death in 1979.

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It is obviously a sincere homage from a younger director to the older man, but it remains dubious and smacks of exploitation.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Lightning Over Water is chaotic, emotionally and esthetically.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Unquestionably the worst movie of Wim Wenders' career and indeed one of the worst movies ever made...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a fitting heartfelt tribute to Ray.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Wenders adds in some cruddy early-80s video from time to time, and the film is an odd mixture of powerful emotions and rambling nothingness.

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Walter M.
"Lightning over Water" is an intriguing documentary/fiction hybrid that begins with a jetlagged Wim Wenders arriving in New York to help his friend… More