the case of the Aug. 24 release, however, “theatrical experience” was
nearly nonexistent. On an unreported production budget, its total
domestic gross was a paltry $587,211, showing in only 250 theaters
nationwide at its peak.
At Rotten Tomatoes, the online barometer of critical favor (or lack thereof, as the case may be), Thunderstruck is
certified “rotten” with an approval rating of just 20 percent. (Note,
however, that only 10 critics registered with the site bothered to
One of those two supposedly positive reviews came from The Washington Post’s Sean
O’Connell, who wrote that basketball fans “could do much worse.”
(Strangely, O’Connell’s quote does not adorn the DVD cover. In fact, no
The family film fared better with audiences, as 69 percent of Rotten Tomatoes visitors liked it.
One of them, Kadeem
Stewart, gave it three and a half out of five stars … yet admitted he
hadn’t seen it because “Thunderstruck is not near me in my local
Well, hell, if that’s the case, Kadeem, why not four stars?
Another rave, this one courtesy site user Prasanna Rajhmohan, reads in its entirety, “man the trailer is wicked.”
That poster-ready tagline sounds suspiciously like our favorite sentence from Oklahoma Gazette’s own
review of the film, for which we hired a teen guest critic: “He looks
like he was from a lame Disney Channel show and has a wack haircut.”
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