• PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Randall Miller
    In Theaters:
    Jan 18, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 3, 2009
  • Freestyle Releasing

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Bottle Shock Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: C+

October 18, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The people who made Bottle Shock obviously love their wine. They're not that crazy about the French. And they are firm believers in the screenwriting rule of leaving no underdog-formula cliché unused.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Rickman adds a welcome astringency.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 22, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2008
Rick Warner
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Unfortunately, Miller can't decide whether he's doing a relationship movie or one about the intrigue of world-class winemaking. Mingling the two left me with a somewhat sour aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News | Original Score: C

August 15, 2008
Cathy Frisinger
Denver Post
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Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2008
Bill Ward
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2008
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

August 11, 2008
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Irritating in its failures and clumsy in its successes.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

August 8, 2008
John Anderson
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A winning cast and a magnum's worth of subplots make Bottle Shock extremely watchable, perhaps a bit fruity, with grace notes of leather, oak and no ham.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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More enthusiastic than genuinely entertaining.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2008
Dana Stevens
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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 rosé is better than washing down your dinner with water.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 7, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Pullman almost single-handedly transforms Bottle Shock into a stirring fanfare for the common American entrepreneur.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 7, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Bottle Shock is something special: there's magic in it.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2008
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Whatta movie: booze, unhappy French people, Alan Rickman and really cool pickup trucks.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 6, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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There's a rich narrative to be mined from this historical moment. Until that movie gets made, however, we've got Randall Miller's pandering take.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

August 6, 2008
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Just because a movie is energetic doesn't mean it can't feel sluggish.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2008
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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The soul of the grape, that thing that elevates a wine to greatness, proves here as elusive on screen as in the bottle.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2008
Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's passable, while hinting at better things.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

August 6, 2008
Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 6, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Spends too much time cruising the sun-dappled California hills, tripping over potentially engaging dramatic possibilities and leaving them in the dust.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

August 6, 2008
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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It lacks the character and depth of a product whose value increases with age. In other words, it's no Chateau Montelena '73 Chardonnay.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 6, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Sadly, Bottle Shock is far from a great movie -- a little too sweet to the taste, almost sickly so.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 5, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A great story -- and a true one, more or less -- Bottle Shock nonetheless fails to deliver much in the way of entertainment.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

July 30, 2008
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Rocky for wine aficionados.

January 28, 2008
Robert Koehler
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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 Source: Variety

January 22, 2008
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