Sideways Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 24, 2013
Payne's most enjoyable movie since Election
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 3, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
October 1, 2010
"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 | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 3, 2010
Giamatti handily raises what could've been a pedestrian road trip romance into the stratosphere of a world-class character study
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very memorable slice of life.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
This wonderfully satisfying study in human nature is funny and sad and profoundly entertaining from start to finish.
Top Critic
David Ansen
November 1, 2007
Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 7, 2007
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+
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
No one does quivering-on-the-edge-of-depression quite like Paul Giamatti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
The year's second best movie about broken and lonely people (after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jordan Hiller
September 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
click to read article [Greek]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
...a leisurely paced film about introspection, neurosis and finding tranquility.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
July 6, 2005
Sideways is non-mainstream pretentiousness done right
| Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 21, 2005
A relentless and painfully funny critique of masculine pretense and selfishness, of which wine fetishism is the apotheosis.
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