(2004)

Critic Reviews

94

Metascore

Based on 42 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The Hollywood Reporter
Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy.
100
Newsweek
In Sideways, Payne has created four of the most lived-in, indelible characters in recent American movies. This deliciously bittersweet movie makes magic out of the quotidian.
100
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
100
Entertainment Weekly
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 about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
90
Variety
A beautifully observed, small-scale study of personal foibles, romantic uncertainty and two sides of the sadly predictable male animal.
90
In this role Giamatti gives his bravest, most generously humane performance yet. Women may be repelled, but men will know this man, because, at one time or another, many of us have been this man.
90
The New York Times
Like the film itself, the performance (Giamatti's) is deeply controlled, played with restraint and with microscopic attention to detail.
90
The A.V. Club
Good comedies are rare, but rarer still are those that conflate laughter with intimacy.
90
Village Voice
Jack and Miles are male archetypes, as well as the two most fully realized comic creations in recent American movies.
60
Salon.com
Alexander Payne's new movie, Sideways, makes you feel like you're trapped at dinner with a wiseass who's trying to convince you what a sensitive guy he is.

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