Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Dec 7, 2012
    40
    Eventually, though, Waiting For Lightning suffers greatly from the absence of Way himself.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Dec 7, 2012
    50
    Unfortunately, the athlete himself simply isn't much of a presence in this documentary, even as the film aims to celebrate him.
  3. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Dec 7, 2012
    50
    In this overly sympathetic film he's a superhero without feelings, curiously bloodless except for the moment just before the China jump, when his mother presents him with his stepfather's ashes for inspiration.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 7, 2012
    38
    Director Jacob Rosenberg makes heavy use of family photos and talking heads, but the person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is largely missing. Go figure.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 6, 2012
    67
    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. But when he soars -- on a skateboard! -- above the massive structure that kept invading armies at bay for centuries, it's pretty darn cool.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Dec 6, 2012
    50
    It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 6, 2012
    50
    There's more waiting than lightning in Waiting for Lightning, a nonetheless watchable-enough documentary about the preparations leading up to professional skateboarder Danny Way's historic 2005 attempt to sail over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 6, 2012
    60
    Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"
  9. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Dec 4, 2012
    50
    Unfortunately, as the extensive footage of kick flips, fakies, and grinders goes from thrilling to routine, we're left waiting - and wanting - for Rosenberg to offer something more substantial than another "big air."
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 4, 2012
    40
    Director Jacob Rosenberg's approach is heavy with archival footage and interviews, yet oddly features almost nothing from Way himself; his puzzling absence for most of the film turns the project into less of a biography than a one-note hagiography.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Dec 2, 2012
    38
    With Danny Way almost never weighing in directly, the film's attempts to portray his story as an inspirational tale of triumph over adversity scarcely registers.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 2, 2012
    50
    A slickly produced, unabashedly celebratory picture about professional skateboarder Danny Way.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 14, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The critics who diminished this film because they didn't hear enough from Danny are selling the film short. I've seen just about all the recent films in this genre (Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants, Step into Liquid, etc.), and I think this one is highly inspirational in its own right. You hear enough from Danny to understand his motivations. And we hear so much from celebrities and athletes today (interviews, social media), it's almost refreshing to see a guy who lets his performances and his grace speak for him. The tragic losses of Danny's male role models definitely help mold who he is, for better or for worse, but he's an incredible role model for what hard work and persistence can do for you. For a guy who is afraid of heights to do what he does is really unthinkable. Good for DC for making the film happen, and I realize it's the nature of the beast, but the entire film had a Quicksilver/DC Shoes imprint on it which is a bit unusual for a feature film - and it detracted from my enjoyment, but only slightly. It was great seeing Rob Dyrdek and Ken Block supporting Danny on the Great Wall jump. And doing that jump for a second ("third") time on the big day for "personal satisfaction" is just the icing on the cake. It's what true artists and competitors in this game do. For fans of skating, this is a must-see. Full Review »
  2. Apr 9, 2013
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. quite a nice story about Danny Way. A big minus is that there's a lot of advertisment in the movie. Even his mum have a t-shirt with a big logo of one of the brands behind the movie. It also gets redicilous towards the end when he skates on big ramp filled with logos, close-ups of his DC-shoes and him drinking a certain brand of soda watching the landscape. Almost funny. Full Review »