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Bottle Shock Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 22, 2008
The people who made Bottle Shock obviously love their wine. They're not that crazy about the French. And they are firm believers in the screenwriting rule of leaving no underdog-formula cliché unused.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2008
Rickman adds a welcome astringency.
August 15, 2008
Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 15, 2008
Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2008
Its heart is so in the right place and its tableau so appealing that it's easy to come away from this sweet, scrappy film with a nice little buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2008
The movie provides Pullman with a lead role, which is something you can raise a glass to. But as for the rest of it? Sorry, but I'll have a Diet Coke instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2008
The politics of making wine is a great subject for a movie, but this clunker doesn't do it justice; Bottle Shock is broad and coy where it needs to be smart.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 8, 2008
Irritating in its failures and clumsy in its successes.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 8, 2008
A winning cast and a magnum's worth of subplots make Bottle Shock extremely watchable, perhaps a bit fruity, with grace notes of leather, oak and no ham.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2008
More enthusiastic than genuinely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2008
Why did I feel such affection for this scruffy, hokey little movie? Maybe it's the same logic that applies to wine-drinking itself: Sure, a great claret would be ideal, but an OK rosé is better than washing down your dinner with water.
August 7, 2008
Pullman almost single-handedly transforms Bottle Shock into a stirring fanfare for the common American entrepreneur.
August 7, 2008
Bottle Shock is something special: there's magic in it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2008
Whatta movie: booze, unhappy French people, Alan Rickman and really cool pickup trucks.
August 6, 2008
It's the kind of feel-good movie whose resolution is evident from the start, being based as it is on a true story. But that doesn't make the journey any less interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2008
There's a rich narrative to be mined from this historical moment. Until that movie gets made, however, we've got Randall Miller's pandering take.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
August 6, 2008
Bottle Shock comes on too strong and sours once the cork is popped, despite a delightfully over-the-top showing by Alan Rickman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 6, 2008
Just because a movie is energetic doesn't mean it can't feel sluggish.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 6, 2008
Beautifully shot by Michael J. Ozier, the dominating taste in Bottle Shock is Rickman's beautiful performance as a snob -- a snob who is secretly open to being delightfully surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2008
The soul of the grape, that thing that elevates a wine to greatness, proves here as elusive on screen as in the bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 6, 2008
For all of its intermittent, crowd-pleasing charm, oenophiles (and cinephiles, for that matter) might be better off putting their money toward a good bottle of Robert Mondavi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 6, 2008
It's passable, while hinting at better things.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 6, 2008
The characters are vivid, the scenery is lovely, and lines like, 'I detect bacon fat laced with honey lemon,' establish the silly seriousness of wine snobs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 6, 2008
Spends too much time cruising the sun-dappled California hills, tripping over potentially engaging dramatic possibilities and leaving them in the dust.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
August 5, 2008
Sadly, Bottle Shock is far from a great movie -- a little too sweet to the taste, almost sickly so.
August 5, 2008
A great story -- and a true one, more or less -- Bottle Shock nonetheless fails to deliver much in the way of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 5, 2008
Bottle Shock is more than the story. It is also about people who love their work, care about it with passion and talk about it with knowledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2008
If movies were wine, Bottle Shock would be a pleasant varietal you'd find on the half-price shelf. Nothing fancy but tasty nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2008
A marvelous, beautifully made, feel-good movie that is guaranteed to revive everyone's flagging faith in American pride at home and abroad -- something in these sorry, perilous times we're desperately short of.
June 28, 2008
Bottle Shock isn't a ripe grape so much as pure American corn.
January 28, 2008
Rocky for wine aficionados.
January 22, 2008
Like a wine spread with more samples than any tongue can handle, Bottle Shock contains too much to manage it all well, including some painfully corny sections, but has a charming aftertaste.