Critic Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.
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Critic Reviews for Sideways
Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.
Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.
Payne has made a movie for the same sorts of people, one with body and 'nose' and character that movie lovers will savor long after the credits have rolled.
This isn't the sort of road comedy we're used to seeing. Its humor is more likely to provoke smiles and light chuckles than guffaws.
Much like Altman, Hal Ashby and Billy Wilder -- three filmmakers whose movies are celebrated for their naturalism, their humanism and their wicked, often merciless satire -- Payne makes films about ordinary people with their rumples and flaws left intact,
Audience Reviews for Sideways
Giamatti's manic self-loathing is the films' greatest aspect, but Payne has written and directed a mature and humorous drama.
Engaging, well-paced, and ultimately satisfying, Sideways is an enjoyable, well-acted comedy that features tender moments, strong writing, and subtle humor.
|Miles Raymond:||Quaffable but far from transcending.|
|Stephanie:||Miles: IÂ´m a thumbprint on the window of a skyscraper. IÂ´m a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of raw sewage. Jack: See? rigth there... that's beautiful. A smudge of excrement...I could never write that. M: Neither could I actually, I think it's Bukowsi.|
|Jack Lapate:||See? rigth there... that's beautiful. A smudge of excrement... I could never write that.|
|Jack Lapate:||Youre a bad, bad, girl Stephanie......|
|Jack Lapate:||Youre a bad, bad, girl Stephanie.|
|Stephanie:||I know and I need to be spanked|
|Stephanie:||I know and I need to be spanked.|
|Miles Raymond:||It tastes like the back of a fucking L.A. school bus. Now they probably didn't de-stem, hoping for some semblance of concentration, crushed it up with leaves and mice, and then wound up with this rancid tar and turpentine bullshit. Fuckin' Raid.|
|Jack Lapate:||Tastes pretty good to me.|