Bottle Shock Synopsis
The owner (Alan Rickman) of a struggling Parisian wine shop decides to hold a taste contest.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Bottle Shock is more than the story. It is also about people who love their work, care about it with passion and talk about it with...
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The Hollywood Reporter

This intelligent, affectionate, beautifully acted movie gives crowd-pleasers a good name.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a winner. And not just for oenophiles. Director Randall Miller, who co-wrote the script with his wife Jody Savin, keeps the plot...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Low budget, self-distributed, awkwardly charming, it's the kind of midrange Hollywood entertainment that's supposed to be extinct in this...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A charming comedy-drama that's surprising true to the events that inspired it.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's the kind of feel-good movie whose resolution is evident from the start, being based as it is on a true story. But that doesn't make...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Beautifully shot by Michael J. Ozier, the dominating taste in Bottle Shock is Rickman's beautiful performance as a snob - a snob who is...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A great story - and a true one, more or less - Bottle Shock nonetheless fails to deliver much in the way of entertainment.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Unfortunately, Miller never finds the right balance, so while there are some sweet notes, the pileup of clichés ultimately leaves a...
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San Francisco Chronicle

This schlocky period piece doesn't do the pioneering Northern Californians justice. The script is overwritten to the point of parody.
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Bottle Shock is a rare treat. Highly recommended. GRADE: Solid A

As I was screening this movie, I kept thinking that Chris Pine looked like a young Brad Pitt. This up-and-coming young thespian gave a very good performance in the movie. I can't wait to see him as...


By pbfan
I saw "Bottle Shock" at the Seattle International Film festival last month and loved it. it's definitely worth checking out if you like character-driven comedies like "Sideways" and "Little Miss...

Saw It...loved it...better than Sideways

By caflick
A bunch of blogs on the same day from kids who have not seen the film do not a review make. This films has won festivals, received better than great reviews, and has had audiences standing and...

Very Enjoyable

By Optimism
Enjoyed this true-story underdog movie. Nicely acted, especially Bill Pullman and the wine-snob. Informative, upbeat. You'll be glad you went. (' Sure would have liked to taste that Chardonay!)...

Loved it.

By mr_superwine
Me and my wife always wanted to take a trip to sundance, and this past year we finally did. The funny part is after we got to sundance and saw this movie all we could think about is going to napa...

Cute movie - not terribly factual - READ THE BOOK

By RhoneFan
This is dramatization of one aspect of the story toldi n George M. Tabor's terrific book, "The Judgement of Paris" about the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris when California Chardonnay and Cabernet...

Straight up Bottle Shock - Not Sideways

By huffmama
What an enjoyable and delightful movie. My friend Debie and I saw it on on whim one Saturday night at the Angelica Theater in Dallas, Texas. Not knowing anything about the movie or what to expect...

"Bottle Shock" makes "Sideways" look backwards by

By pwbryan52
I was expecting to enjoy this film, the previews were fun to watch. I was not expecting "Bottle Shock" to be subtle, brilliant, deeply touching, beautiful, so rich in human behavior, and fun....

Someone Pass me the Freedom Fries Please...

By Trojanchick
This movie was a little funny, a little educational, a little drama and a whole-lotta charming! For anyone interested in wine culture, just like drinkning good wine, or are damn proud to be an...

Great flick!

By ezpike
Caught this movie a few months ago at the Maui Film Festival. Good comedy, great acting, unbelievable soundtrack. One of the best flicks I have seen in awhile. Enjoy....

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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Comedy about wine rivalry blends fun, heart.
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