Bottle Shock Reviews

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
With much loving, longing gazing at the Napa Valley landscape, it's awfully good-looking, if you can discount the high-waisted bell-bottoms and the homely yellow AMC Gremlin that wheezes into scenes every once in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 14, 2009
It doesn't exactly come off as boxed wine to the top-shelf sensibilities of Sideways, but there's not enough story or heart for it to capture the same lightning in a bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Stratton
The Australian
April 10, 2009
As a rather strenuous attempt at a feel-good movie, Bottle Shock falls a long way short of the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
April 3, 2009
It's not in the same league as Sideways but it has a fragrant sense of the beauty of wine and winemaking, not just the drinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cris Kennedy
Screenwize
March 28, 2009
Bottle Shock is one of those cockle-warming, feel-good underdog films in the tradition of Strictly Ballroom. Only in this case Scott and Fran are, respectively, a Chardonnay with tangerine undertones, and a Cabernet Merlot blend.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
March 27, 2009
Predictable in its moves, it's engaging enough, though it has nowhere near the characterisation, say, of Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church in Sideways.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 27, 2009
Predictable, corny, schmaltzy, inane, unfunny, flat, sentimental and utterly fatuous. Most of the acting is bad, and none of the characters are interesting. Watching it is about as culturally rewarding as actually getting drunk, and less fun.
Amy Harris
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
March 27, 2009
In the same way Good Night And Good Luck sends you hurtling for whisky and a Malboro, and Sideways prompts a pining for pinot noir, Bottle Shock will have you craving a chilled glass of Californian chardonnay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 27, 2009
Rickman is priceless as the self-parodying wine snob, stealing every scene he is in by continually pulling the rug from under himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 27, 2009
It's a triumph of the underdog film, but what it does have is a simply delicious performance by Alan Rickman, who does resigned disdain like no one else on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 20, 2009
It's easy to take, enjoyable and escapist, and while it celebrates Californian wine making, it doesn't disparage the French.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 20, 2009
. Like the chardonnay at the heart of the story, Bottle Shock is light with good body and plenty of flavour. It's also uplifting and amusing. In short, it makes you feel good.
Victor Olliver
Teletext
March 19, 2009
Alan Rickman plays the British wine expert who sponsors the test and is at his most comically feline. It's a great film about passion, eccentricity, families and... wine
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Alan Rickman is one of my favorite actors, and I wanted to see Bottle Shock if only for his performance. Rickman's performance is great as usual, and Bottle Shock, despite some contrivance, is a very entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 31, 2009
What this film needed was a whole lot more scenes with the good actors and lot less scenes of those Ken and Barbie Doll types.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 10, 2008
You can enjoy the mild bouquet of Bottle Shock as pleasantly sparkling, but it could have been plummier. Rickman sends up a full-bodied sneering British snob.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 22, 2008
In light of all its swooping and swishing helicopter shots of the sun-dappled Napa Valley, [it] might as well have been photographed from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
October 1, 2008
One of the year's most entertaining films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 5, 2008
Flat, musty and with a hint of flopsweat.
| Original Score: 2/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
September 4, 2008
It's such a rewarding movie going experience it's tempting to trot out all the adjectives generally used to describe a good wine. Not being a connoisseur I'll just say that it left me with a very pleasant buzz.
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