'Bottle Shock' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    The politics of making wine is a great subject for a movie, but this clunker doesn't do it justice; Bottle Shock is broad and coy where it needs to be smart.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Spends too much time cruising the sun-dappled California hills, tripping over potentially engaging dramatic possibilities and leaving them in the dust.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    It's the kind of feel-good movie whose resolution is evident from the start, being based as it is on a true story. But that doesn't make the journey any less interesting.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Whatta movie: booze, unhappy French people, Alan Rickman and really cool pickup trucks.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    If movies were wine, Bottle Shock would be a pleasant varietal you'd find on the half-price shelf. Nothing fancy but tasty nonetheless.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Sadly, Bottle Shock is far from a great movie -- a little too sweet to the taste, almost sickly so.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    More enthusiastic than genuinely entertaining.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Manuel Mendoza Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    The characters are vivid, the scenery is lovely, and lines like, 'I detect bacon fat laced with honey lemon,' establish the silly seriousness of wine snobs.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Cathy Frisinger Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Bottle Shock is more than the story. It is also about people who love their work, care about it with passion and talk about it with knowledge.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The film is based on fact, but its texture is such that even the true bits feel trumped-up, and the fictional components add only the phoniest sort of conflict.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Rickman adds a welcome astringency.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    A great story -- and a true one, more or less -- Bottle Shock nonetheless fails to deliver much in the way of entertainment.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Ward Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Its heart is so in the right place and its tableau so appealing that it's easy to come away from this sweet, scrappy film with a nice little buzz.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    It's passable, while hinting at better things.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    The movie provides Pullman with a lead role, which is something you can raise a glass to. But as for the rest of it? Sorry, but I'll have a Diet Coke instead.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    A marvelous, beautifully made, feel-good movie that is guaranteed to revive everyone's flagging faith in American pride at home and abroad -- something in these sorry, perilous times we're desperately short of.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Like a wine spread with more samples than any tongue can handle, Bottle Shock contains too much to manage it all well, including some painfully corny sections, but has a charming aftertaste.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Beautifully shot by Michael J. Ozier, the dominating taste in Bottle Shock is Rickman's beautiful performance as a snob -- a snob who is secretly open to being delightfully surprised.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Bottle Shock comes on too strong and sours once the cork is popped, despite a delightfully over-the-top showing by Alan Rickman.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rob Nelson indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    Bottle Shock isn't a ripe grape so much as pure American corn.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jason McBride Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    For all of its intermittent, crowd-pleasing charm, oenophiles (and cinephiles, for that matter) might be better off putting their money toward a good bottle of Robert Mondavi.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    Why did I feel such affection for this scruffy, hokey little movie? Maybe it's the same logic that applies to wine-drinking itself: Sure, a great claret would be ideal, but an OK rose is better than washing down your dinner with water.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Farber Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Rocky for wine aficionados.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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