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Bottle Shock Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008
The film is based on fact, but its texture is such that even the true bits feel trumped-up, and the fictional components add only the phoniest sort of conflict.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 29, 2008
It might have worked better as a documentary, or better yet a paragraph on Wikipedia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 10, 2008
You can enjoy the mild bouquet of Bottle Shock as pleasantly sparkling, but it could have been plummier. Rickman sends up a full-bodied sneering British snob.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David D'Arcy
Screen International
January 31, 2008
The only thing that differentiates this 'movie' from an infomercial is its unbearable feature length. If you have to sit through it, bring plenty to drink.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 14, 2009
It doesn't exactly come off as boxed wine to the top-shelf sensibilities of Sideways, but there's not enough story or heart for it to capture the same lightning in a bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 5, 2008
Since it's fairly obvious where things are going, it's somewhat of a waste of time when all's said and done ... unless you're REALLY into wine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 29, 2008
Bottle Shock feels more like an excuse to exercise the most familiar of screenwriting formulas than to explore the origins of California's booming wine industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 5, 2008
Based on a true story but overwritten into a cutesy, contrived mess, Bottle Shock is the Two Buck Chuck of wine movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
It's is like that bottle of wine that makes you feel like you paid too much for what you got.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Rick Warner
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 15, 2008
Unfortunately, Miller can't decide whether he's doing a relationship movie or one about the intrigue of world-class winemaking. Mingling the two left me with a somewhat sour aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 27, 2009
Predictable, corny, schmaltzy, inane, unfunny, flat, sentimental and utterly fatuous. Most of the acting is bad, and none of the characters are interesting. Watching it is about as culturally rewarding as actually getting drunk, and less fun.
David Stratton
The Australian
April 10, 2009
As a rather strenuous attempt at a feel-good movie, Bottle Shock falls a long way short of the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
September 2, 2008
I was slightly involved towards the end, but the story's constant shift in focus made it hard for me to care through most of it
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
August 24, 2008
Though this film may be based on a true story, it comes off as a collection of cliches peopled by characters straight out of central casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4
Top Critic
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2008
It lacks the character and depth of a product whose value increases with age. In other words, it's no Chateau Montelena '73 Chardonnay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 5, 2008
A dreadful directorial effort, robbing the film of personality, wit, and enthusiasm just to run through endless scenes of uninspired conflict and predetermined resolution. Shock can be an absolute bore when it ignores wine.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
January 20, 2008
Is there room in the world for yet another movie about wine? If the movie is Bottle Shock then nope.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
August 18, 2008
Even though the whole thing is based on reality, there's barely a moment that goes by that feels real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 5, 2008
Although not entirely without its charms, the film comes up somewhat short and while there isn't much of anything wrong with it, there isn't much of anything right with it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 5, 2008
Why is it so hard to make a true story feel real?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 19, 2009
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
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