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Sideways Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 28, 2004
The most overrated movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 13, 2012
Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.
Joe Utichi
January 30, 2005
A knowingly-clever and downright-insulting movie that does little more than talk down to its audience.
| Original Score: 15/100
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 14, 2004
It is, in almost every way, less than it could or should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
November 29, 2004
plodding, standoffish and seriously overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
November 27, 2004
Payne abandons his biting eye for satire with this uninspired and mean road picture. Makes one long for a car drive with Mr. McAllister and Warren Schmidt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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Charles Taylor
October 19, 2004
Makes you feel like you're trapped at dinner with a wiseass who's trying to convince you what a sensitive guy he is.
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Sideways is a darkly comical and courageous journey of two ordinary middle-aged men whose only aspirations are to move forward in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 19, 2004
No one understands the plight of the middle-aged white guy like Alexander Payne.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 19, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 29, 2004
At the end of the movie we feel like seeing it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
October 19, 2004
The characters in Sideways are better developed than those in the earlier films, the poignancy is just as forceful as it was in About Schmidt, and the comedy is slightly better integrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 5, 2004
With each new film, Payne and Taylor plane the edges of their wit. Yet this growing maturity merely buffs their work; it's not dulled one bit.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2004
The Miles character is a glorious, multifaceted diamond prism of painful humanity, filled out by Giamatti's immersive acting and the unflashy, close-cutting writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 27, 2005
Like a fine novel, it has threads that tangle, bits that tingle, sections that make you laugh out loud and moments that reach deep down and touch you in the gut.
Read More | Original Score: A
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