Sideways Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
May 21, 2005

Intelligent, funny and moving.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005

Maintains a deft balance between breezy joviality and understated poignancy.

Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
May 2, 2005

Was "Sideways" worth the price of admission? Yes, but the overt sexual references make it hard for me to recommend it to anyone I might have to face later.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005

The underdevelopment of some characters can be attributed to an overriding decision to caricaturize the subjects of the film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005

Payne and Taylor excel at getting underneath these tough exteriors and portray these people for what they are, warts and all.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sandy Maynard
April 11, 2005

Built upon its characters and would have been ordinary if it hadn't been for the excellent casting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jorge Avila Andrade
April 4, 2005

'La fortaleza del filme se encuentra en el enorme respeto que Payne muestra por sus personajes, así como en un estupendo elenco como el que pocas veces se puede juntar'

| Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 21, 2005

The movie has an abundance of high energy and good spirits and seldom takes itself too seriously....

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
February 14, 2005

This is more fun than most art films and should be a legitimate Oscar contender.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 13, 2005

I really, really liked this movie, but I have to admit that I think it is a tad overrated.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 9, 2005

Yo me serviría otra copa y trataría de volver a disfrutar de los mismos sabores. Seguro que surgirían otras vetas que estaban esperando para sorprendernos.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
February 5, 2005

As in Payne's other films, when the laughs die down there remains a residue of sadness, desolation and self-loathing, leaving the impression of something far more darkly insightful than your average light comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 4, 2005

Payne leva o espectador a se envolver com figuras que, em produções menos ambiciosas, seriam retratadas como seres desagradáveis e repulsivos.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
February 3, 2005

A funny, heartfelt coming-of-middle-age story by, for, and about snobs.

Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
February 2, 2005

it succeeds thanks to a screenplay steeped in humanity and a director with a gift for making ordinary Joes into extraordinary movie heroes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
February 1, 2005

Neither a bang nor a whimper, but a warm, engaging dialogue about things that matter, in words that must be said.

| Original Score: 4/4
Alex Ramirez
January 31, 2005

Un brindis completo por el amor, por la vida, por la madurez anhelada.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Utichi
January 30, 2005

A knowingly-clever and downright-insulting movie that does little more than talk down to its audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 15/100
Matthew Turner
January 29, 2005

The film is impressively directed throughout with Payne conveying Miles's drunken state through effective use of wobbly camerawork.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 27, 2005

Like a fine novel, it has threads that tangle, bits that tingle, sections that make you laugh out loud and moments that reach deep down and touch you in the gut.

| Original Score: A
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