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Bottle Shock

06bott75 France's position as the world's top wine producer went unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines on the map -- a story delightfully told in this full-bodied tale about the heady early days of Napa Valley's success. Bill Pullman, Chris Pine and Freddy Rodriguez star as the dreamers -- and drinkers -- who dared to challenge the establishment, with Alan Rickman hitting just the right note as a toffee-nosed sommelier.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
NYT Review
"Bottle Shock" reconstructs a watershed moment in the wine world's acceptance of the Golden State. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 48%
Critics' score: 48   Audience score: 60   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Rickman adds a welcome astringency. full review

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

Bottle Shock is... utterly charming. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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. full review

Rick Warner, Denver Rocky Mountain News

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

Cathy Frisinger, Denver Post

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. full review

Bill Ward, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie provides Pullman with a lead role, which is something you can raise a glass to. But as for the rest of it? Sorry, but I'll have a Diet Coke instead. full review

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic

The politics of making wine is a great subject for a movie, but this clunker doesn't do it justice; Bottle Shock is broad and coy where it needs to be smart. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

A winning cast and a magnum's worth of subplots make Bottle Shock extremely watchable, perhaps a bit fruity, with grace notes of leather, oak and no ham. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

More enthusiastic than genuinely entertaining. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

The film is based on fact, but its texture is such that even the true bits feel trumped-up, and the fictional components add only the phoniest sort of conflict. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Why did I feel such affection for this scruffy, hokey little movie? Maybe it's the same logic that applies to wine-drinking itself: Sure, a great claret would be ideal, but an OK rosé is better than washing down your dinner with water. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Bottle Shock is something special: there's magic in it.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Whatta movie: booze, unhappy French people, Alan Rickman and really cool pickup trucks. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

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 the journey any less interesting. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

Bottle Shock comes on too strong and sours once the cork is popped, despite a delightfully over-the-top showing by Alan Rickman. full review

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Beautifully shot by Michael J. Ozier, the dominating taste in Bottle Shock is Rickman's beautiful performance as a snob -- a snob who is secretly open to being delightfully surprised. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

The soul of the grape, that thing that elevates a wine to greatness, proves here as elusive on screen as in the bottle. full review

Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times

For all of its intermittent, crowd-pleasing charm, oenophiles (and cinephiles, for that matter) might be better off putting their money toward a good bottle of Robert Mondavi. full review

Jason McBride, Globe and Mail

It's passable, while hinting at better things. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

The characters are vivid, the scenery is lovely, and lines like, 'I detect bacon fat laced with honey lemon,' establish the silly seriousness of wine snobs. full review

Manuel Mendoza, Dallas Morning News
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