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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NYT Review
"Bottle Shock" reconstructs a watershed moment in the wine world's acceptance of the Golden State. Read the review
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Rickman adds a welcome astringency.
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader  full review
Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
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.
Rick Warner, Denver Rocky Mountain News  full review
Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale.
Cathy Frisinger, Denver Post  full review
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.
Bill Ward, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
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.
Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic  full review
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.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
More enthusiastic than genuinely entertaining.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
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.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
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.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
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.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post  full review
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.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
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