Sideways (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes


Sideways (2004)



Critic Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.

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A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.

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Sandra Oh
as Stephanie
Jessica Hecht
as Victoria
Alysia Reiner
as Christine Erganian
Shake Toukhmanian
as Mrs. Erganian
M.C. Gainey
as Cammi's Husband
Marylouise Burke
as Mile's Mother
Duke Moosekian
as Erganian, Mike
Robert Covarrubias
as Mile's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher
as Gary The Bartender
Stephanie Faracy
as Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli
as Frass Canyon Pourer
Chris Burroughs
as Chris At Sanford
Toni Howard
as Evelyn Berman-silverman
Lee Brooks
as Ken Cortland
Peter Dennis
as Leslie Brough
Alison Herson
as Foxen Winery Pourer
Phil Reeves
as Vacationing Dr. Walt Hendricks
Robert Trow
as Obnoxious Golfer
Lacey Rae
as Los Olivos Waitress
Daniel Rogers
as Reciting Eighth Grader
Simon Kassis
as Mini-mart Owner
Sevag Kendirjian
as Armenian Deacon
Heghine (Helen) Harboyan
as Wedding Vocalist
Gohar Toranyan
as Wedding Organist
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Critic Reviews for Sideways

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (58)

This is a film about human beings who can be flawed and prickly but if you go a little deeper, you will see beauty. This is a wonderfully written script, with a great performance by Paul Giamatti.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.

February 13, 2012 | Full Review…

Excellent but explicit movie is not for kids.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.

November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Brilliantly observed characters are becoming second nature to Payne and Taylor, and the performances here are uniformly terrific. This is wonderful, original stuff.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A study of friendship, disappointment and self-deception, Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne, has at its centre the most leisurely of bachelor parties: it's a road movie that stops off at vineyards.

January 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sideways


Giamatti's manic self-loathing is the films' greatest aspect, but Payne has written and directed a mature and humorous drama.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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Directors Cat

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Engaging, well-paced, and ultimately satisfying, Sideways is an enjoyable, well-acted comedy that features tender moments, strong writing, and subtle humor.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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