Sideways Reviews

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April 3, 2012
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.
January 17, 2006
A study of friendship, disappointment and self-deception, Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne, has at its centre the most leisurely of bachelor parties: it's a road movie that stops off at vineyards.
May 21, 2005
Intelligent, funny and moving.
January 25, 2005
Very funny and very sad, Sideways is smashing.
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.
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.
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,
November 11, 2004
The acting is superb, from the free-spirited Oh to the compassionate Madsen to the irresponsible Church. The standout is Giamatti.
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.
November 5, 2004
From its first minutes, maybe even from the credits, you know you are seeing something very special.
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.
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.
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.
November 4, 2004
As character study, as exercise in American ambiance or, simply as an entertaining movie, Sideways triumphs.
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.
November 4, 2004
Like a good wine, this movie has clarity, subtlety and a pleasant aftertaste.
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.
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