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Mondovino Reviews

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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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 29, 2005
Has an arbitrary, patchwork feel.
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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
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
July 21, 2005
the repetitious, belaboring 165 minutes make you want to scream, "Put a cork in it!"
| Original Score: 2/5
January 9, 2006
At over two hours, this gets tedious... and no amount of 'micro-oxygenating' is going to make it better. I like my wine and my documentaries with a little less pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Dunne
Sacramento Bee
June 10, 2005
Trouble is, it sits in the glass a bit too long -- 2 hours, 11 minutes -- and while it never quite turns to vinegar, it becomes less than compelling in its tedious repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 7, 2006
[I]nteresting, and sometimes funny, but terribly edited and way too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2005
You may need a glass or two of burgundy to get through Nossiter's potent but plodding critique.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
July 8, 2005
The movie runs an exhausting 131 minutes and reveals nothing that couldn't better be expressed with a 10-page story in Vanity Fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Overly long and literally unfocused documentary about the wine industry.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 3, 2005
Nossiter's unimposing style likely landed him many interviews with skittish wine scions, but in the editing room, the gentleness translates into lack of clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 21, 2005
Mondovino isn't as much fun to watch as Sideways, and after a while it begins to sound like a commercial for Mondavi, but love for the product still shines through.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 20, 2005
A long film that falls short of vintage quality
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
June 12, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard C. Walls
Orlando Weekly
May 5, 2005
It's informative but not very entertaining -- unless you stay up nights worrying about the globalization of the wine industry, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2004
Playing at 158 minutes, Mondovino's essence would be more flavorful, as well as powerful, if distilled to half that time.
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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
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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.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 20, 2005
Often feels like a leisurely tour of the feudal feuds of snobs. Now, someone pass the two-buck Chuck.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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