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Mondovino Reviews

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2005
An entertaining film that is neither stuffy nor pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brendan Bernhard
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
It won't get you drunk, but Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter's marathon ramble through the vineyards of Europe and the Americas, will get you thinking about wine, and what is and isn't important about it.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 23, 2005
Often fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sandra Silfven
Detroit News
April 15, 2005
If you're not a tuned-in wine consumer, you'll probably find Mondovino too long, too meandering and just too dry.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 15, 2005
Should prove fairly engaging even for someone who still believes that the woodier a chardonnay is, the better.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2005
The indictments, recriminations, and musings just sit there, and the movie feels incomplete and uncentered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 14, 2005
I cannot recall the impressively multilingual Mr. Nossiter, a sometime sommelier, taking a stand on the issues raised by the people he interviews -- or even clarifying these issues for the lay viewer.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 13, 2005
Speaks to a genuine love for the grape.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 11, 2005
Good film.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2005
Overly long and not especially enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
April 1, 2005
The film's ambitiously eye-opening hypothesis, colorful characters, genuine compassion, and unexpected humor will make for a great vintage in years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 29, 2005
Has an arbitrary, patchwork feel.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 27, 2005
Jonathan Nossiter's Mondovino is a wine education in a little over two exhaustive hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 25, 2005
Here among the grapes is the flow of history, draining aging old-world tradition to its dregs as speed-oriented mass production tops it off.
| Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
March 25, 2005
Even if you know nothing about vino, Mondovino still serves as a fascinating document, a testament to a changing world and a vivid exploration on tradition versus innovation and agriculture versus technology.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 24, 2005
If Sideways made you curious about vino, this fierce, funny and challenging doc opens up a world worth debating.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 24, 2005
The real subject, though, is how globalization fosters a homogeneous, 'same-old-stuff' conformity that molds almost everything on the planet into an ever-shrinking number of shapes, sizes, and varieties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 23, 2005
Jonathan Nossiter, in his documentary, is more interested in the sobering facts of global marketing, economic competition and cultural imperialism than in wine as a beverage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 23, 2005
The highest praise I can give to Mondovino is that it makes you want to sample every vintage it shows you and find out the answer yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2005
Well worth seeing as an impassioned critique of the impact of conglomerates on all forms of international culture, not just wine.
| Original Score: 3/4
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