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Sideways Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 26, 2005
...humor is alloyed with pathos, and all the queasy-making muddled emotions that complicate the human heart.
| Original Score: A
Nev Pierce
January 25, 2005
Very funny and very sad, Sideways is smashing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
Payne's characters might have become caricatures, but he has too much affection for them--and too much respect for his audience--to allow them to be anything less than real.
| Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
January 23, 2005
It's a deceptively simple (at first), deep and thoughtful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin A. Ranson
January 21, 2005
... there is an underlying honesty... that manages to transcend a critic-friendly film and strike a chord about life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2005
More of a character study than anything else, but with characters as good as these, you really don't need much of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Luke Y. Thompson
January 16, 2005
I've long been a fan of Thomas Haden Church...It's great to see him finally get his due, even as Paul Giamatti sucks up all the attention
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 16, 2005
Like a $3.00 bottle of wine -- it may taste fruity going down, but when it comes back up you'll realize it wasn't worth the Technicolor yawn (or the horrible migraine).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
January 8, 2005
A quality film with near-perfect writing, marvelous acting and quite a few laughs thrown in.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
January 8, 2005
This is a perfect movie. There are absolutely no false moments in any scene in this picture.
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Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
January 7, 2005
The comprehensive experience is full-bodied and satisfying.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2005
The unforced humor arises from Payne's honest treatment of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
January 5, 2005
Alternately moving and funny depiction of the games boys play...even when the boys in question are nearing 40!
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
January 4, 2005
Quirky, perceptive and strangely moving ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 4, 2005
Richer, headier, and more complex, just like a fine wine. Among multiplexes filled with the movie equivalent of generic brand cola, this is a rare movie for grown-ups.
| Original Score: A-
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
'But the star here is Paul Giamatti...Giamatti IS Miles. It's almost as if the other characters had wandered into a film called "Miles" and just blended in.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 31, 2004
Frankly, I don't know how Payne does it, but his formula of bringing out popularly hailed qualities in an apparent loser has worked again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 27, 2004
A successful small picture dealing with the crossroads of one's life as an adult, with lots of interesting conversations, funny moments, solid characters and lovely things to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
December 26, 2004
As distinct and earthy as a Sangiovese and as light and fickle as a Sauvignon Blanc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 26, 2004
[Director Alexander Payne] is fascinated by flawed - which is to say, human - characters...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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