Bottle Shock
Bottle Shock (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bottle Shock fails to properly utilize the inspiring true tale at its core, settling instead for an ordinary, plodding account.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Rick Warner
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Bottle Shock is a shameless grab at the yuppie audience that flocked to the similarly themed Sideways.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Rickman adds a welcome astringency.

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Cathy Frisinger
Denver Post

Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.

Bill Ward
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Mike Scott

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
"I really didn't care for the movie. It's just not my type of film; nor was I the right audience for it either. I still enjoyed bits of it. The… More
Film Crazy
i kinda liked it! i guess its not realy my cup of tea because of the story being entirely based on wine and about making or finding the perfect wine!! i loved… More
Chris Weber
This is a nice little docu-dramedy concerning the turning point for California's wine industry. It's 1976 and a British wine snob named Steven… More
paul sandberg
Mayhaps you had to be there to fully appreciate this film taking place in 1976. Having grown up in the Bay Area and spending a fair amount of time in Sonoma… More
Alex roy
Bottleshock is the story of the 1976 Paris Wine tasting and how a group of Winters from the Napa Valley in California outclassed the French Wines at the… More
Dean McKenna
Really interesting drama based on the true story of when Californian wineries of the Napa Valley took on the French at the 1976 "Judgment of Paris"… More

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