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Red Obsession (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film takes us on an extraordinary journey from Bordeaux to Beijing, from the passion and art of the vineyard to the notorious counterfeit wine markets of the Far East and into the homes of billionaire collectors. RED OBSESSION explores the unlikely love affair between the traditional West and the seductive but unpredictable East. The demand is unprecedented, but the product is finite and this new client wants it all. Will the China market be the bubble that never

Nov 26, 2013

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (2)

Despite being a rather thin, by-the-books documentary that abruptly changes course at the halfway mark, Red Obsession tells a fascinating financial tale about the rise of "wine fever" in China.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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"Red Obsession" gains interest as it delineates how the production and sale of first-growth Bordeaux has become the biggest of businesses and how the Chinese may or may not fit into the picture.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The movie raises legitimate concerns about the cultural and economic implications of status-minded overconsumption.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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[a] probing, fascinating documentary

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The doc affords us a look into a world rarely seen by the lumpenproletariat ...

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The reliance on talking-head testimonials leaves a weak aftertaste.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Wine documentary examines China's consumption's contribution to runaway prices.

January 26, 2014
Baret News

Some nice cinematography and pleasant talking heads help Red Obsession go down smooth, but this is more like a pamphlet than an actual movie.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Sly, sometimes funny documentary version of Bottle Shock, with China playing the role of 1970s Napa as it creeps up to smack the snooty Old World wine snobs.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

This exceptional, visually and informationally rich doc reveals much beyond its ostensible theme.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A film about obsession, about wine-mania, about people who live, breathe, eat, think, drink wine.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Red Obsession is informative, and entertainingly so, with its honeyed Russell Crowe narration and sweet tracking shots through sun-dappled vineyards.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

A concise portrait of not only the historic Bordeaux region of France, but also of the way its business has been impacted-for good and ill-by China's emergence as a superpower.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Offers the ins and outs of the world of wine as an implicit metaphor for art appreciation, from both aesthetic and financial standpoints.

September 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The film isn't so much about wine but about the unstoppable rise of China as the world's next pace-setter...A very entertaining doc, regardless of whether you like a drop.

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

As much an examination of contemporary Chinese character, ambition and taste as it is of the Chateaux and wines of Bordeaux ... globe-trotting, hugely informative and thoroughly entertaining ... crafted with as much care as the wines we see onscreen.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

The film, which premiered at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, proves remarkably enlightening.

August 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

There isn't a wine writer or wine maker of note who doesn't get a say about the traditional prestige of Bordeaux wines, especially the almighty Lafite and Margaux labels

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Like a fine wine whose pleasures go far beyond its bouquet, the winding journey of this Australian co-production (with France, UK, China and Hong Kong) is long and far-reaching

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Who'd have thought a film combining red wine with economics could be so informative and entertaining? Red Obsession is one of the year's best documentaries.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Audience Reviews for Red Obsession

An enlightening documentary that can be really absorbing, showing us the art involved in winemaking and how wine has been turning into an economic investment due to its always increasing demand - especially from China - leading to an unprecedented impact on the market.
December 16, 2013
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    1. Narrator: To please, not to impress.
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