Blood and Wine
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Wine merchant Alex Gates seems to have it all: a fancy shop, a beautiful wife, Suzanne, a sexy Latin mistress, Gabriella, and a hot car. He enjoys the best vintages of the goods he sells. In truth, Alex Gates' finances are stretched to the limit, his marriage is in a shambles and his relationship with his stepson Jason is toxic. Alex's business caters to a wealthy clientele, whose riches prove all too seductive: particularly a certain $1 million diamond necklace. Alex joins with Victor Spanksy, an emphysemic safe-cracker, in a conspiracy to steal the necklace. Rather than the key to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"An amusingly caustic, straight-up serving of film noir staples spiced with star charisma."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"It's a morality play, really, but dripping with humid sex and violence."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As lifeless as a flat wine."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bob Rafelson sends this movie out like a hissing flare from the island of the nearly-forgotten, and if justice had prevailed, moviegoers would have answered the call."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A slowly-plotted, mostly uninvolving modern-day Miami film noir..."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"An engrossing thriller - and one sparkling with intelligence, with the surprising twists grounded in credible human behaviour."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The movie's own payoff is compelling enough, but the project has a weightless feel that limits involvement. Better you give it an hour-and-a-half on video someday, surrounded by wine and snacks."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"A noir thriller about greed."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The director benefits from a powerhouse duo in Nicholson and Caine. It's like watching two cats fight for the same mouse, because both characters are corrupted to the bone."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
"Let's just say that Blood & Wine is a good idea badly executed."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"When Bob Rafelson decides to get nasty, he really means it."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Rafelson is so true to his sour vision of crime, deception and a rottenness at the core of our natures -- he's as cheerful as a Jim Thompson potboiler -- that we never get a chance to like or care about his characters."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Rafelson shows that he can't handle noir themes as easily as the real masters of the genre."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Screenwriters Nick Villiers, Alison Cross, and Rafelson were trying too hard."
‑ Leslie Rigoulot, Film Scouts
"To borrow a phrase from the Simpsons, it's just a bunch of stuff that happened."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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