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Sideways Reviews

February 13, 2012
Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.
November 1, 2007
Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.
May 21, 2005
Intelligent, funny and moving.
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
November 12, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2004
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,
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 11, 2004
The acting is superb, from the free-spirited Oh to the compassionate Madsen to the irresponsible Church. The standout is Giamatti.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 5, 2004
Sideways, based on a fine novel by Rex Pickett, is at once a literate comedy, a subtle examination of grown-up romance and a touching study of friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 5, 2004
From its first minutes, maybe even from the credits, you know you are seeing something very special.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 5, 2004
Sideways is one of those films that's a bit too good to review: It strikes a unique tone, blends a bit of tall-tale fun with everyday life, and pretty much hits every note in your psyche.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 5, 2004
Sideways is neither effete nor snooty. It's a knowing, often-tender comedy about the plight of middle-aged men who aren't exactly living fast-track lives.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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
November 4, 2004
As character study, as exercise in American ambiance or, simply as an entertaining movie, Sideways triumphs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 4, 2004
With Sideways, the director of Election and About Schmidt has cobbled together his most mature, complete effort to date, a film that utilizes his off-kilter sense of humor and his ability to construct believable characters.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2004
Like a good wine, this movie has clarity, subtlety and a pleasant aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2004
There's not a false note here, and the entire supporting cast -- Madsen, Oh, Church and Marylouise Burke as Miles's Mother -- is uniformly excellent.
October 29, 2004
Giamatti is a comedic gem.
October 29, 2004
The lack of A-list talent is one of the many subtle charms of Sideways, a movie that finds universal appeal in the various urges and dilemmas of its characters while avoiding most road-movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2004
With four fine films under his belt, Payne should be regarded as an American treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2004
Although lacking the complexities of Election -- still Payne's best work -- the picture does exude an intelligent craftsmanship that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
At the end of the movie we feel like seeing it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2004
I thus heartily recommend the movie to all men between the ages of 30 and 55 -- if they can take it. Sideways offers few consolations besides the bitter, healing laughter of the morning after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2004
By far the year's best American movie.
October 28, 2004
Never betrays the longing for love and friendship that makes it both painful and painfully funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 28, 2004
Doubters may hedge about calling it a classic and might insist on checking back in a few years to see how it has aged. Fair enough. But it's not too early to call it pure movie bliss.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2004
If Sideways were a wine, its foretaste would be a flutter of nuttiness, its middle would have spicy nuances, and its aftertaste would be lingering and sweet.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2004
It could turn out to be the best English-language picture of the year.
October 28, 2004
Both charming and sexy, uproariously funny and touchingly human.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 26, 2004
This is a genuine slice of life.
October 24, 2004
The sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
October 22, 2004
Clearly the year's best comedy. The year's best romance, too.
October 22, 2004
It's a joy to watch comedy unfold so naturally, the laughs gently teased out from our growing knowledge of the characters, their imperfections, doubts and, yes, emotional pain.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2004
Sideways is the best comedy of 2004. In fact, it's so far the best movie of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2004
This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2004
A film like Sideways is the fulfillment of many hopes and desires, an audience's not least of all.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2004
This is a lovely film-agreeably rambling.
October 21, 2004
Alexander Payne's heart-piercing new film about a writer on the verge of disappointment is a reason to maintain hope in the film industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2004
Sideways may fetch Paul Giamatti that best actor Oscar of which he was robbed (or so many thought) for American Splendor.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2004
A trenchant American satirist in his previous films, Payne moves in a different direction with Sideways -- one less mordant but just as pointedly observant.
October 20, 2004
It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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
October 19, 2004
It's clear that the filmmakers -- Alexander Payne, the director and screenwriter, and Jim Taylor, his co-writer -- know what they are up to.
October 19, 2004
This excellent adventure affords a hilarious and excruciating bout of bachelor bonding.
October 14, 2004
Wildly funny and surprisingly edgy.
September 29, 2004
A wonderful film, so accomplished that it looks effortless.
September 13, 2004
If film critics employed a 0 to 100 rating scale such as some wine critics do, then Sideways would rate about a 98.