Red Obsession Reviews

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May 30, 2014
A lot of worthless talk about the greatness of Bordeaux takes too much away from the very few fascinating parts of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 26, 2014
Wine documentary examines China's consumption's contribution to runaway prices.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
December 15, 2013
Some nice cinematography and pleasant talking heads help Red Obsession go down smooth, but this is more like a pamphlet than an actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2013
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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 6, 2013
This exceptional, visually and informationally rich doc reveals much beyond its ostensible theme.
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
September 6, 2013
A film about obsession, about wine-mania, about people who live, breathe, eat, think, drink wine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nicole Herrington
New York Times
September 6, 2013
The movie raises legitimate concerns about the cultural and economic implications of status-minded overconsumption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
September 6, 2013
[a] probing, fascinating documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 5, 2013
Red Obsession is informative, and entertainingly so, with its honeyed Russell Crowe narration and sweet tracking shots through sun-dappled vineyards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
September 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
September 4, 2013
The doc affords us a look into a world rarely seen by the lumpenproletariat ...
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 3, 2013
The reliance on talking-head testimonials leaves a weak aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2013
Offers the ins and outs of the world of wine as an implicit metaphor for art appreciation, from both aesthetic and financial standpoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
August 13, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
August 11, 2013
The film, which premiered at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, proves remarkably enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 10, 2013
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 10, 2013
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
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