Mondovino Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
July 8, 2005
The movie runs an exhausting 131 minutes and reveals nothing that couldn't better be expressed with a 10-page story in Vanity Fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 3, 2005
For wine-loving filmgoers willing to lavish it, and to forgive the film its excesses, it offers refreshment and reward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 3, 2005
Nossiter's unimposing style likely landed him many interviews with skittish wine scions, but in the editing room, the gentleness translates into lack of clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News
June 3, 2005
For wine enthusiasts curious about this quiet battle being waged internationally, Mondovino is an eye-opening, thirst-inducing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2005
It quickly becomes clear Mondovino is about more than the wine business. The points Nossiter makes ... can be applied to other endeavors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 27, 2005
It would work beautifully as a the non-fiction backstory to Sideways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 27, 2005
If you surrender to its quirky, jerky style and stop straining to find a single narrative line, Mondovino offers much to savour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2005
Nossiter's low-key style has a quaintness all its own. The last thing anyone would accuse him of is selling out to corporate interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Vogel
Washington Post
May 13, 2005
A picnic wine, if you will -- more conversation-starter than collector's item.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 13, 2005
The best advice is to relax and let the film spread out on the palate, like one of the wines it so mouth-wateringly depicts.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2005
A fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 12, 2005
It's such a knowledgeable work and so pleasantly obsessed with its subject that it will interest even audiences whose attraction to wine is only casual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2005
A clever if overlong argument against globalization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2005
An entertaining film that is neither stuffy nor pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brendan Bernhard
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
It won't get you drunk, but Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter's marathon ramble through the vineyards of Europe and the Americas, will get you thinking about wine, and what is and isn't important about it.
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Sandra Silfven
Detroit News
April 15, 2005
If you're not a tuned-in wine consumer, you'll probably find Mondovino too long, too meandering and just too dry.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 15, 2005
Should prove fairly engaging even for someone who still believes that the woodier a chardonnay is, the better.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
The indictments, recriminations, and musings just sit there, and the movie feels incomplete and uncentered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 14, 2005
I cannot recall the impressively multilingual Mr. Nossiter, a sometime sommelier, taking a stand on the issues raised by the people he interviews -- or even clarifying these issues for the lay viewer.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 11, 2005
Good film.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2005
Overly long and not especially enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 29, 2005
Has an arbitrary, patchwork feel.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 24, 2005
If Sideways made you curious about vino, this fierce, funny and challenging doc opens up a world worth debating.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 23, 2005
Jonathan Nossiter, in his documentary, is more interested in the sobering facts of global marketing, economic competition and cultural imperialism than in wine as a beverage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 23, 2005
The highest praise I can give to Mondovino is that it makes you want to sample every vintage it shows you and find out the answer yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2005
Well worth seeing as an impassioned critique of the impact of conglomerates on all forms of international culture, not just wine.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Rooney
Variety
December 10, 2004
While not all the many arguments laid out are fully developed, the consistently fascinating material provides an uncommonly eloquent, provocative statement against globalization that's sure to stimulate thinking audiences.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2004
Playing at 158 minutes, Mondovino's essence would be more flavorful, as well as powerful, if distilled to half that time.