Sideways Synopsis
Two best friends tour 'wine country' for a week and examine their lives.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a performance (Giamatti's) so nuanced and so real in its everyday pain that it doesn't stand a chance of winning an Oscar. But it...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Sideways makes you glad about America, about movies, about life.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The best comedy of 2004. In fact, it's so far the best movie of the year.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The characters are played not by the first actors you would think of casting, but by actors who will prevent you from ever being able to...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Payne's little marvel.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Pure movie bliss.
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Goes Over Like a Fine Wine

By cwalton
I'm biased when it comes to Alexander Payne. His segment of 2006's "Paris Je T'Ame," 2002's "About Schmidt" and this one from 2004 were all my favorite movies of their respective years. They all share...

A Disappointment

By TMapou
I had heard very good things about this movie, but it didn't live up to the hype. For one thing, for a movie that's supposed to be a dramedy, there wasn't much comedy. Sure, there were some funny...

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Rated R | For language, some strong sexual content and nudity