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SOMM Reviews

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2013
Somm also provides the sort of general interest that comes from watching anyone involved in an endeavor that requires dedication, discipline and a touch of craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2013
Engaging doc isn't just for wine nerds.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2013
"Somm," an inside look at wine stewards, attempts to unveil the secrecy of the master sommelier exam, and though the results aren't always vintage, there is some pleasant tasting to be had here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2013
By the end, despite the surface-y quality of the treatment, you're caught up in the suspense, the horse-race aspect of a very particular pursuit of knowledge and excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 21, 2013
[It's] a Herculean feat that all but requires advanced degrees in wine theory, history, geography, service and, most crucially, tasting, all of which director Jason Wise examines in crisp, quaffable if overlong fashion.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 21, 2013
"Somm" does a fairly impressive job of making wine tasting somewhat cinematic despite its being essentially unfilmable, at least until taste-o-vision comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013
We've seen these guys torture themselves so much, we inevitably get emotionally involved in the final verdict, and drinking to their success is what we'd all like to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
June 20, 2013
"Somm," though an entree into a little-known world, rarely finds a second dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
The whole thing is much more fun than you'd imagine watching people drink would be, and by the end, you're surprisingly invested in which of the guys, if any, will pass the final test.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
Somm caters well to foodies and to anyone who'd like to see a sommelier do more than point to the menu and pop the cork.
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Marley Lynch
Time Out
June 18, 2013
Though wrenching moments are effectively delivered, the film teeters into clunker territory, with repetitive tasting scenes and cheesy shots of exploding glasses of vino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
The subjects are arrogant, anal retentive, and self-regarding, yet for some reason Wise wants us to identify with them.