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Sideways Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 3, 2012
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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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 21, 2005
Intelligent, funny and moving.
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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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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,
| Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 11, 2004
The acting is superb, from the free-spirited Oh to the compassionate Madsen to the irresponsible Church. The standout is Giamatti.
| Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
| Original Score: A
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: A-
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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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2004
As character study, as exercise in American ambiance or, simply as an entertaining movie, Sideways triumphs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 4, 2004
Like a good wine, this movie has clarity, subtlety and a pleasant aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
Giamatti is a comedic gem.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
October 29, 2004
With four fine films under his belt, Payne should be regarded as an American treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 28, 2004
By far the year's best American movie.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 28, 2004
Never betrays the longing for love and friendship that makes it both painful and painfully funny.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 28, 2004
It could turn out to be the best English-language picture of the year.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2004
Both charming and sexy, uproariously funny and touchingly human.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 26, 2004
This is a genuine slice of life.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 24, 2004
The sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 22, 2004
Clearly the year's best comedy. The year's best romance, too.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 22, 2004
Sideways is the best comedy of 2004. In fact, it's so far the best movie of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 21, 2004
This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2004
A film like Sideways is the fulfillment of many hopes and desires, an audience's not least of all.
| Original Score: 5/5
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October 21, 2004
This is a lovely film-agreeably rambling.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 21, 2004
Sideways may fetch Paul Giamatti that best actor Oscar of which he was robbed (or so many thought) for American Splendor.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
This excellent adventure affords a hilarious and excruciating bout of bachelor bonding.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 14, 2004
Wildly funny and surprisingly edgy.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 29, 2004
A wonderful film, so accomplished that it looks effortless.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.