Sideways Reviews

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January 7, 2005
The comprehensive experience is full-bodied and satisfying.
January 6, 2005
The unforced humor arises from Payne's honest treatment of the characters.
January 5, 2005
Alternately moving and funny depiction of the games boys play...even when the boys in question are nearing 40!
January 4, 2005
Quirky, perceptive and strangely moving ...
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.
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.'
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.
December 27, 2004
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.
December 26, 2004
As distinct and earthy as a Sangiovese and as light and fickle as a Sauvignon Blanc.
December 26, 2004
[Director Alexander Payne] is fascinated by flawed - which is to say, human - characters...
December 19, 2004
December 10, 2004
while containing the standard elements of the buddy road trip comedy formula, it adds layers of dramatic complexity to balance out the ongoing shenanigans.
December 8, 2004
Takes great pleasure in finding absurdity in the routine and picking apart the foibles of human nature, both of which are the cornerstone of that great comedy that is life.
December 7, 2004
a genuinely touching ode to the foibles of masculinity gone middle-age crazy
December 7, 2004
Every so often, a movie comes along that just about seems perfect. Sideways is one of those movies.
December 6, 2004
Sideways, forward, back - wherever these four characters go I will follow
December 6, 2004
December 4, 2004
Sideways is a deeply pleasurable indie diversion in which nothing really happens and yet a lot is said, much of it about wine.
December 3, 2004
Finding wicked humor in those unguarded and awkward moments is Payne's specialty.
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