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Sideways Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    94

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 imagine anyone else in their roles.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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 about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Sideways makes you glad about America, about movies, about life.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is NOT for kids. It's filled with very mature material, including extremely explicit sexual references and situations (with nudity) and some violence. Characters drink (there is a distinction made between the appreciation of wine as a work of art and drinking to numb feelings or get drunk) and use very strong language.

  • Families can talk about what mattered most to Miles and Jack. Despite their differences, what kept them together as friends? What does Stephanie see in Jack? What does Maya see in Miles?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Comic violence, character injured.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Extremely explicit and graphic sexual references and situations.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Constant drinking, smoking.

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