Blood and Wine Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Nicholson is good, but the movie isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 2, 2008
As lifeless as a flat wine.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Screenwriters Nick Villiers, Alison Cross, and Rafelson were trying too hard.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 19, 2004
Rafelson shows that he can't handle noir themes as easily as the real masters of the genre.
| Original Score: 4/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 2, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Blood and Wine is a murky attempt at film noir that has a couple of good twists, but overall it wastes its talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film takes several surprising turns and evolves into a decent thriller. Still, the script by Alison Cross and Nick Villiers too often gets mired in its own material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A slowly-plotted, mostly uninvolving modern-day Miami film noir...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Rafelson is so true to his sour vision of crime, deception and a rottenness at the core of our natures -- he's as cheerful as a Jim Thompson potboiler -- that we never get a chance to like or care about his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Let's just say that Blood & Wine is a good idea badly executed.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It might have helped a bit if there had been a hero worth rooting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's a morality play, really, but dripping with humid sex and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Blood & Wine is rewarding for its performances and the material it explores, but ultimately it's messy.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This was a good role for Nicholson and a better one for Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An engrossing thriller - and one sparkling with intelligence, with the surprising twists grounded in credible human behaviour.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Bob Rafelson sends this movie out like a hissing flare from the island of the nearly-forgotten, and if justice had prevailed, moviegoers would have answered the call.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2005
A noir thriller about greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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