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Sideways Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Payne's most enjoyable movie since Election

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

May 24, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 13, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Nick Rogers

"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 Source: | Original Score: 4/4

October 1, 2010
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Giamatti handily raises what could've been a pedestrian road trip romance into the stratosphere of a world-class character study

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3/4

September 3, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very memorable slice of life.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

This wonderfully satisfying study in human nature is funny and sad and profoundly entertaining from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
David Ansen
Top Critic IconTop 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 Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Sideways is the first of Payne's films in which we have the chance to really care for the characters; he reins in his harsh satire better than before.

| Original Score: B+

September 7, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

No one does quivering-on-the-edge-of-depression quite like Paul Giamatti.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

This one's like to appeal greatly to the 30-40 somethings that are getting more and more into bourgeois sports such as yachting, polo or wine tasting.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B

June 21, 2007
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today

The year's second best movie about broken and lonely people (after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 11, 2006
Jordan Hiller

In Payne's overarching triumph, Sideways is a sensitive, to the point of disturbing, expose of that can blossom with that high school hallway sweetness even in the withered garden of midlife.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

click to read article [Greek]

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 2006
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

Brilliantly observed characters are becoming second nature to Payne and Taylor, and the performances here are uniformly terrific. This is wonderful, original stuff.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

April 1, 2006
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald

A study of friendship, disappointment and self-deception, Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne, has at its centre the most leisurely of bachelor parties: it's a road movie that stops off at vineyards.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2006
Uri Lessing

...a leisurely paced film about introspection, neurosis and finding tranquility.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2005
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

Sideways is non-mainstream pretentiousness done right

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2005
Jason Zingale

Sideways is a darkly comical and courageous journey of two ordinary middle-aged men whose only aspirations are to move forward in life.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2005
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A relentless and painfully funny critique of masculine pretense and selfishness, of which wine fetishism is the apotheosis.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

June 21, 2005
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