Sideways Reviews

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November 16, 2019
Funny, touching, and features perhaps the best ensemble work of any film in recent memory. And like fine wine, the movie ages well upon reflection.
June 5, 2019
A film that not only demands to be sampled but to be gulped down and savored like the vintage draft that it is.
April 23, 2019
Unfolding at a relaxed tempo, and unobtrusively edited, Sideways is a welcome throwback to 1970s Bob Rafelson and Jerry Schatzberg.
November 12, 2018
Where Payne's fondness for template narratives has started to become a problem, Sideways - as the title evinces - has much a more complex take on the possibility of catharsis
September 27, 2017
A beautiful little chamber dramedy about four sharply-drawn characters played with a very lovely mixture of nuance and showmanship.
May 24, 2013
Payne's most enjoyable movie since Election
April 3, 2012
December 28, 2010
Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.
October 1, 2010
"Sideways" is about wine aged to perfection sipped by men who've aged to mediocrity - softer, hornier versions of Walter and The Dude. But Miles's brutal honesty is its soul. He's annoyingly, depressingly out there, but never fraudulent.
September 3, 2010
Giamatti handily raises what could've been a pedestrian road trip romance into the stratosphere of a world-class character study
April 29, 2009
A very memorable slice of life.
October 18, 2008
This wonderfully satisfying study in human nature is funny and sad and profoundly entertaining from start to finish.
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.
September 7, 2007
Sideways is the first of Payne's films in which we have the chance to really care for the characters; he reins in his harsh satire better than before.
July 14, 2007
No one does quivering-on-the-edge-of-depression quite like Paul Giamatti.
June 21, 2007
This one's like to appeal greatly to the 30-40 somethings that are getting more and more into bourgeois sports such as yachting, polo or wine tasting.
October 11, 2006
The year's second best movie about broken and lonely people (after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
September 27, 2006
In Payne's overarching triumph, Sideways is a sensitive, to the point of disturbing, expose of that can blossom with that high school hallway sweetness even in the withered garden of midlife.
September 10, 2006
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April 1, 2006
Brilliantly observed characters are becoming second nature to Payne and Taylor, and the performances here are uniformly terrific. This is wonderful, original stuff.
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