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Mondovino Reviews

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
June 3, 2005
For wine-loving filmgoers willing to lavish it, and to forgive the film its excesses, it offers refreshment and reward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
June 3, 2005
For wine enthusiasts curious about this quiet battle being waged internationally, Mondovino is an eye-opening, thirst-inducing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 2, 2005
It quickly becomes clear Mondovino is about more than the wine business. The points Nossiter makes ... can be applied to other endeavors.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 27, 2005
It would work beautifully as a the non-fiction backstory to Sideways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 27, 2005
If you surrender to its quirky, jerky style and stop straining to find a single narrative line, Mondovino offers much to savour.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2005
Nossiter's low-key style has a quaintness all its own. The last thing anyone would accuse him of is selling out to corporate interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
A picnic wine, if you will -- more conversation-starter than collector's item.
May 13, 2005
The best advice is to relax and let the film spread out on the palate, like one of the wines it so mouth-wateringly depicts.
May 12, 2005
A fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2005
It's such a knowledgeable work and so pleasantly obsessed with its subject that it will interest even audiences whose attraction to wine is only casual.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
A clever if overlong argument against globalization.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2005
An entertaining film that is neither stuffy nor pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
April 15, 2005
Should prove fairly engaging even for someone who still believes that the woodier a chardonnay is, the better.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
April 11, 2005
Good film.
April 1, 2005
Overly long and not especially enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2005
Has an arbitrary, patchwork feel.
March 24, 2005
If Sideways made you curious about vino, this fierce, funny and challenging doc opens up a world worth debating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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+
March 23, 2005
Well worth seeing as an impassioned critique of the impact of conglomerates on all forms of international culture, not just wine.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2004
While not all the many arguments laid out are fully developed, the consistently fascinating material provides an uncommonly eloquent, provocative statement against globalization that's sure to stimulate thinking audiences.
December 10, 2004
Playing at 158 minutes, Mondovino's essence would be more flavorful, as well as powerful, if distilled to half that time.