Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock

The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as the 'Judgment of Paris'.

For connoisseur Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), there's no finer art than French wine, despite rumours that the new California Wine Country could soon rival it. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for establish French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind tasting. But when he finds the valley full of ambitious and talented novice vintners like Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) and his son Bo (Chris Pine, Star Trek), he realises his publicity stunt may back-fire and change the wine industry forever.

2008Rating: M, contains low level offensive language110 minsUSAEnglish, French, German
ComedyDramaTrue Story & Biography
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Wine lovers won't just sip but guzzle a lot of this down, and the same effect that sun-dappled days and sex in California had on "Sideways" operates here.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Tepid dregs of feel-good uplift come peppered with endless tracking shots of California scenery.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Bottle Shock is unable to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, and flops around between madcap comedy and rousing drama. To borrow a wine-snob term of art, it lacks structure.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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 knowledge.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Writer-director Randall Miller has been gifted true tailor-made tension (it's based on a real events), but spoils it with miscued romantic schmaltz, cheesy '70s details and an odd comment on immigration.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Neither comedy nor drama and mostly banal.

2.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The film is let down with some wayward plot lines, mostly involving characters that are never fully developed and as a result should never have existed.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

Learnt a lot about wine and came away thirsty

4.0
0

I found the film had some good intentions but at the end was full of cliches on both wine industry and American way of life's accounts (where everything on screen seems to turn into redneck attitude). Sometimes I feel like Hollywood have been contracted by some corporations to bring some "coolness" to the rest of the World. I was curious to learn more about...

2.0
0

The factually based story of the year Californian wines became recognised and the way they achieved that status. An interesting retell using the real winery, and the introduction of a new to me term in the vintners vocabulary - bottle shock.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Wine lovers won't just sip but guzzle a lot of this down, and the same effect that sun-dappled days and sex in California had on "Sideways" operates here.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Tepid dregs of feel-good uplift come peppered with endless tracking shots of California scenery.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Bottle Shock is unable to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, and flops around between madcap comedy and rousing drama. To borrow a wine-snob term of art, it lacks structure.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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 knowledge.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Writer-director Randall Miller has been gifted true tailor-made tension (it's based on a real events), but spoils it with miscued romantic schmaltz, cheesy '70s details and an odd comment on immigration.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Neither comedy nor drama and mostly banal.

2.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The film is let down with some wayward plot lines, mostly involving characters that are never fully developed and as a result should never have existed.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

Learnt a lot about wine and came away thirsty

4.0
0

I found the film had some good intentions but at the end was full of cliches on both wine industry and American way of life's accounts (where everything on screen seems to turn into redneck attitude). Sometimes I feel like Hollywood have been contracted by some corporations to bring some "coolness" to the rest of the World. I was curious to learn more...

2.0
0

The factually based story of the year Californian wines became recognised and the way they achieved that status. An interesting retell using the real winery, and the introduction of a new to me term in the vintners vocabulary - bottle shock.

3.0
0