Bottle Shock
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Brought together by a curious twist of fate on a dusty California road, a wandering vintner and a struggling winemaker find both their lives, and their careers, forever transformed at a blind Parisian wine tasting that introduced the world to the extraordinary wines of Napa Valley. The year is 1976, and Napa Valley has yet to gain the reputation as one of world's best-known wine regions. Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) has sacrificed everything in life to realize his dream of creating the perfect Chateau Montelena. Yet despite the fact that Jim's Napa Valley vineyard has great potential,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"The people who made Bottle Shock obviously love their wine. They're not that crazy about the French. And they are firm believers in the screenwriting rule of leaving no underdog-formula cliché unused."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Unfortunately, Miller can't decide whether he's doing a relationship movie or one about the intrigue of world-class winemaking. Mingling the two left me with a somewhat sour aftertaste."
‑ Rick Warner, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"With much loving, longing gazing at the Napa Valley landscape, it's awfully good-looking, if you can discount the high-waisted bell-bottoms and the homely yellow AMC Gremlin that wheezes into scenes every once in a while."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"It's not in the same league as Sideways but it has a fragrant sense of the beauty of wine and winemaking, not just the drinking."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Predictable, corny, schmaltzy, inane, unfunny, flat, sentimental and utterly fatuous. Most of the acting is bad, and none of the characters are interesting. Watching it is about as culturally rewarding as actually getting drunk, and less fun."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"Rickman adds a welcome astringency."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale."
‑ Cathy Frisinger, Denver Post
"It doesn't exactly come off as boxed wine to the top-shelf sensibilities of Sideways, but there's not enough story or heart for it to capture the same lightning in a bottle."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Bottle Shock is one of those cockle-warming, feel-good underdog films in the tradition of Strictly Ballroom. Only in this case Scott and Fran are, respectively, a Chardonnay with tangerine undertones, and a Cabernet Merlot blend."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"In the same way Good Night And Good Luck sends you hurtling for whisky and a Malboro, and Sideways prompts a pining for pinot noir, Bottle Shock will have you craving a chilled glass of Californian chardonnay."
‑ Amy Harris, Daily Telegraph (Australia)
"Bottle Shock is... utterly charming."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Its heart is so in the right place and its tableau so appealing that it's easy to come away from this sweet, scrappy film with a nice little buzz."
‑ Bill Ward, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As a rather strenuous attempt at a feel-good movie, Bottle Shock falls a long way short of the mark."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Predictable in its moves, it's engaging enough, though it has nowhere near the characterisation, say, of Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church in Sideways."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Rickman is priceless as the self-parodying wine snob, stealing every scene he is in by continually pulling the rug from under himself."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
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