Sideways (2004)

A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Payne has made a movie for the same sorts of people, one with body and 'nose' and character that movie lovers will savor long after the credits have rolled.

Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

A beautiful little chamber dramedy about four sharply-drawn characters played with a very lovely mixture of nuance and showmanship.

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David Ansen

Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

This isn't the sort of road comedy we're used to seeing. Its humor is more likely to provoke smiles and light chuckles than guffaws.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Payne's most enjoyable movie since Election

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Intelligent, funny and moving.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Much like Altman, Hal Ashby and Billy Wilder -- three filmmakers whose movies are celebrated for their naturalism, their humanism and their wicked, often merciless satire -- Payne makes films about ordinary people with their rumples and flaws left intact,

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
Giamatti's manic self-loathing is the films' greatest aspect, but Payne has written and directed a mature and humorous drama.
Spencer S.
Humanistic, comedic, dark and bittersweet, Sideways is a film that is temporarily moving, and has certain staying power. It creates a fracas, as two best… More
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Chris Weber
A very smart, poignant, well written film that is loaded with hilarity. I can't think of a better or more talented cast for a film about finding oneself… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Engaging, well-paced, and ultimately satisfying, Sideways is an enjoyable, well-acted comedy that features tender moments, strong writing, and subtle humor.
Daniel Perry
Here's my review from the first time I watched this: "I think I was too young for this one... maybe I'll try again during my own mid-life… More