Somm Reviews

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Christopher Null
Film Racket
August 25, 2013
I found myself far more interested in the wines these guys were drinking than in them as individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2013
Somm also provides the sort of general interest that comes from watching anyone involved in an endeavor that requires dedication, discipline and a touch of craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2013
Engaging doc isn't just for wine nerds.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
July 4, 2013
captures the tension, the drama, resilience of the human spirit with a fine, unfussy clarity and even a touch of whimsy
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
June 28, 2013
Somm is studded with tiny, often amusing observations and insights into the highly specialized profession/obsession of sommelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Janzen
Austin American-Statesman
June 27, 2013
This film will teach you something new about the beverage and the people that make up its world, and at the very least, you will walk away with dozens of new ways to describe the sight, smell and taste of your favorite red, white or rosť.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 21, 2013
There's some quirky fun and modest insight along the way, even if the whole process might seem silly to all but the most devoted wine connoisseurs.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2013
"Somm," an inside look at wine stewards, attempts to unveil the secrecy of the master sommelier exam, and though the results aren't always vintage, there is some pleasant tasting to be had here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 21, 2013
Four wine-obsessed guys prepare for the grueling Master Sommelier Exam in this highly entertaining doc, which gives a taste not just of that grape profession, but also of male bonding and the obsessive drive for perfection and success.
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
June 21, 2013
By the time we get to Dallas for the big exam, we're so invested in these four funny, personable fellows that failure would be shattering for us too.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2013
By the end, despite the surface-y quality of the treatment, you're caught up in the suspense, the horse-race aspect of a very particular pursuit of knowledge and excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 21, 2013
[It's] a Herculean feat that all but requires advanced degrees in wine theory, history, geography, service and, most crucially, tasting, all of which director Jason Wise examines in crisp, quaffable if overlong fashion.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 21, 2013
"Somm" does a fairly impressive job of making wine tasting somewhat cinematic despite its being essentially unfilmable, at least until taste-o-vision comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 21, 2013
Mildly suspenseful and informative, but occasionally repetitive and boring. You'll never look at a sommelier the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013
We've seen these guys torture themselves so much, we inevitably get emotionally involved in the final verdict, and drinking to their success is what we'd all like to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
The whole thing is much more fun than you'd imagine watching people drink would be, and by the end, you're surprisingly invested in which of the guys, if any, will pass the final test.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
Somm caters well to foodies and to anyone who'd like to see a sommelier do more than point to the menu and pop the cork.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
June 20, 2013
"Somm," though an entree into a little-known world, rarely finds a second dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Marley Lynch
Time Out
June 18, 2013
Though wrenching moments are effectively delivered, the film teeters into clunker territory, with repetitive tasting scenes and cheesy shots of exploding glasses of vino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
June 14, 2013
It becomes about the drinker instead of the drink and, to be blunt, the drinkers in this film aren't interesting enough to justify its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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