Sideways (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sideways (2004)



Critic Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.

Movie Info

A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.more
Rating: R (for language, some strong sexual content and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Box Office: $71.4M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Sandra Oh
as Stephanie
Jessica Hecht
as Victoria
Alysia Reiner
as Christine Erganian
Shake Toukhmanian
as Mrs. Erganian
M.C. Gainey
as Cammi's Husband
Duke Moosekian
as Erganian, Mike
Marylouise Burke
as Mile's Mother
Robert Covarrubias
as Mile's Building Mana...
Patrick Gallagher
as Gary The Bartender
Stephanie Faracy
as Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli
as Frass Canyon Pourer
Chris Burroughs
as Chris At Sanford
Toni Howard
as Evelyn Berman-silver...
Rev. Fr. Khoren Babo...
as Armenian Priest
Lee Brooks
as Ken Cortland
Peter Dennis
as Leslie Brough
Alison Herson
as Foxen Winery Pourer
Phil Reeves
as Vacationing Dr. Walt...
Robert Trow
as Obnoxious Golfer
Lacey Rae
as Los Olivos Waitress
Daniel Rogers
as Reciting Eighth Grad...
Simon Kassis
as Mini-mart Owner
Sevag Kendirjian
as Armenian Deacon
Heghine (Helen) Harb...
as Wedding Vocalist
Gohar Toranyan
as Wedding Organist
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Critic Reviews for Sideways

All Critics (223) | Top Critics (48)

Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.

Full Review… | February 13, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

Intelligent, funny and moving.

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
Time Out
Top Critic

Payne's most enjoyable movie since Election

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Old School Reviews

Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

"Sideways" is about wine aged to perfection sipped by men who've aged to mediocrity - softer, hornier versions of Walter and The Dude. But Miles's brutal honesty is its soul. He's annoyingly, depressingly out there, but never fraudulent.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010

Audience Reviews for Sideways


Giamatti's manic self-loathing is the films' greatest aspect, but Payne has written and directed a mature and humorous drama.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Engaging, well-paced, and ultimately satisfying, Sideways is an enjoyable, well-acted comedy that features tender moments, strong writing, and subtle humor.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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