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Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter focuses his camera on the international wine trade, traveling to France, California, Italy and New York and speaking with winemakers both great and small. While old-timer Aime Guibert, of tiny Mas de Daumas-Gassac, pronounces that wine must be made by a poet, high-powered consultant Michel Rolland circles the globe ensuring that wineries make lots of money. Nossiter meets the Mondavi family, other families and wine critics James Suckling and Robert Parker, whose words can make or break a vintage. Although Nossiter set out merely to find the characters… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie runs an exhausting 131 minutes and reveals nothing that couldn't better be expressed with a 10-page story in Vanity Fair."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"For wine enthusiasts curious about this quiet battle being waged internationally, Mondovino is an eye-opening, thirst-inducing experience."
‑ Manuel Mendoza, Dallas Morning News
"Usando o vinho como uma metáfora para a perda da individualidade no mundo moderno, Nossiter cria um filme fascinante que traz uma galeria de personagens interessantes em um relevante confronto em torno de suas visões de mundo diametralmente opostas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"[I]nteresting, and sometimes funny, but terribly edited and way too long."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"This look at globalization through rosé-tinted glasses is a poignant, whimsical magnum opus. . . . a vital, sobering nightcap to Gleaners and I and Sideways."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"For wine-loving filmgoers willing to lavish it, and to forgive the film its excesses, it offers refreshment and reward."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It quickly becomes clear Mondovino is about more than the wine business. The points Nossiter makes ... can be applied to other endeavors."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Overly long and literally unfocused documentary about the wine industry."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"At over two hours, this gets tedious... and no amount of 'micro-oxygenating' is going to make it better. I like my wine and my documentaries with a little less pretension."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Mondovino is not a movie that swirls some wine around in a glass and admires the color and praises the bouquet and speaks of the wine's 'complexity' and uses the whole experience as some kind of rarefied metaphor for middle-aged angst."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Nossiter's unimposing style likely landed him many interviews with skittish wine scions, but in the editing room, the gentleness translates into lack of clarity."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"It would work beautifully as a the non-fiction backstory to Sideways."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Brilliant critique of "Napa-ization" of the wine industry."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Engaging doco that touches on fraudulent practices, politics, personalities and poisonous relations in a well paced affair that covers much ground"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"the repetitious, belaboring 165 minutes make you want to scream, "Put a cork in it!""
‑ Jules Brenner,
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