“A few specifics in the bad film department: Most of the other acting was ho-hum or worse, including Chris Pine (too much time on screen) and his so-called romantic interest played by Rachael Taylor.
“ Instead this movie was VERY entertaining.
“ Rickman plays a stodgy Brit living in Paris running a wine shop.
“ You won't find super huge action sequences or psychotic bad guys here, but you'll find a remarkable character study with a compelling enough story to keep a viewer interested.
“ It's not quite the laugh-out-loud comedy the previews have tried to build it up to be, but this little film has heart, and though alone that can't carry it to greatness, it does make for an enjoyable evening at the movies.
“ For that we need to check out the behind-the-scenes story, which may be as entertaining as the film.
“ Horrible writing, pacing, the story dragged terribly.
“Entertaining, inspiring, shot on location in the Napa Valley and France, this is a delightful movie, with solid acting, beautiful cinematography and all around sparkling goodness.
“ What an enjoyable story.
“ It was enjoyable to experience .
“ That glass is more than half empty...
“ Unfortunately the story was flawed by too many hackneyed clichés which made the entire movie tedious.
“ With its formulaic and simplistic narrative of California's burgeoning wine culture, the characters are stereotypical; and were portrayed in a manner that we would expect from the more industrial-minded aspects of Hollywood.
“ Like every film, characters are the most important thing, and the characters in this film are undeveloped, trite, and simple.
“ Certainly not without faults, but the predictable payoff was fun and the film wrapped up in a nice way.
“In all it was thoroughly enjoyable, and I talked it up with several other movie goers on the tram ride afterward, and EVERYONE I spoke to loved it.
“ Between the two of them, and the sommeliers of some of the best restaurants of Europe and America, they have contrived to introduce my low-rent and uncultured palate to the joys of wine as it appears when practiced as an artform.
“ Slow as death and looks like a MOW - terrible script!!
“ To be fair to the latter, her character was a walking cliché who, instead of developing a relationship with the Freddie Rodriguez role, which might have been interesting, falls inevitably into the arms of Mr. Pine.
“ Bo came across as an empty-headed, blonde for the first half of the movie and it was hard to believe that he developed passion in the end.
“Unfortunately, the same cannot wholly be said for the performances that at times can come off as a little disjointed and lazy.
“ In a cluster of some really enjoyable (and some not so enjoyable) films, Bottle Shock really stood out from the rest.
“ Rodriguez's passion, his quick changes of pace and tone, and his unexpected energy make Brambila the best part of the film.
“ Oh yes, it's slow as well.
“ the script is slow, trite and only has one part that is fairly interesting which is the fact about the blind tasting in Paris, and the directing is so amateurish TV style that it screams Movie of the week!
“ It mixes a true event with a well-made story line and the result is, as I've mentioned before, a very enjoyable film.
“ I literally found myself on the edge of my seat during some of the scenes, not normally something I would suspect from a movie of this sort.
“ This is very much worth watching!
“ Jim is just one of the engaging characters in this tale of American hayseeds taking on French connoisseurs.
“ But the real romance, so much more than this trite triangle, is the emergence of California wines as a world force to be reckoned with.
“But then the master craftsmen in charge of this masterpiece added the final ingredient -- namely the entire catalog of Hollywood romantic-adventure-drama-comedy cliché's.
“ The characters and the interaction between them is very boring eg the silly yo-yo romance between Chris Pine and Taylor and the father son nonsense.
“ The writers and directors must have been classmates at the California College of Cliché.
“ Funny, intelligent, and engaging, most of their scenes were fine.
“The movie opens with panoramic aerial shots of the Napa Valley landscape, with relaxing music that moves between languid and bouncy.
“ The overuse of shots of spitting wine into the spit bucket were boring after the first dozen spits.
“ And second, "whining" in general is elevated to such an enjoyable level, that I forever hold that movie "Sideways" dear to my heart.
“ The vintage year is 1976 and this is a true story, best for people who appreciate a glass of good wine (but hopefully are not wine snobs), but should also be enjoyable to anyone who appreciates good and fine things in life.
“ The dialogue and characters were boring.
“ While the lyrical subplot of Bo's and Gustavo's infatuation with Sam, (played by the glowing Rachel Taylor), was entertaining, it would tend to lead some viewers to the conclusion that Gustavo's red wine was a winner at the blind tasting.
“ The racist and classist references are trite and seem obligatory.
“ Most of what is shown as being French is either a cliché or a misrepresentation.
“ What lets it down is the excessive time and attention dedicated to some of the subplots – one being Bo and Jim's difficult relationship, another being a rather dull love triangle.
“ It's a delightful and entertaining film about Napa Valley wine.
“ Again, it's a timid performance fitting of the feature's rather small-time nature, but it's certainly an inviting and oft compelling portrayal that works on many levels and even helps bring out the better sides of Pullman who plays his father.
“ The implication is, however, that the wine snob's business may have gone from slow to completely dead after the competition, for helping to show that French wines aren't necessarily the best.
“ In short, the film is very honest, heartfelt, informative, and enjoyable.
“ Alan Rickman gives yet another interesting and intriguing performance in a part that was probably written for him.
“ Yet when it comes to simply offering a modest, albeit compelling and engaging character story fit with tangible emotion and relativity, Bottle Shock isn't bad at allin fact, it's really quite palatable indeed.
“ An enjoyable rental.
“ Great story that falls prey to formulaic film conventions .
“ The cast is great and the story is compelling.
“ The acting was decent but the story was convoluted and pointless.
“Enjoyable from beginning to end, a true story that deserved a movie, got one!
“ Yes, the base story is compelling and appreciated details of how such things are decided and publicized, etc. Perhaps what is most troublesome is how the raw potential of the rich story and the very fine cast presented an utterly missed opportunity for a fine film.
“ Their bios in the book were part of what made it fascinating as these two men struggled from the bottom to the top of the Napa wine ladder.
“ This independent film, I guess, looks to cash in on the critical success of the very enjoyable Sideways (2004).
“ A compelling story that landed with a dull thud.
“ And the climactic competition, where the scrappy American interloper has to stand up against generations of French tradition, is as rousing as any finale you'll see this year.
“ The Bottle was Empty .
“ Nevertheless, although lacking in a few important areas of taste and refinement, Bottle Shock still permits an enjoyable and rewarding two hours of fine character drama that uplifts and tugs at heart strings.
“ This made for quite a disjointed film that I found a little difficult to watch.
“ After the first ten minutes, however, it was clear that this was going to be a painfully predictable and clichéd films.
“ Near the end, it looks like he's trying harder, but it just seemed so contrived.
“ This movie alternated between captivating wine drama and formulaic romance.
“ The film begins by introducing an intriguing ensemble.
“ The movie is entertaining, fun, straightforward with a few dramatic episodes along with the prerequisite reconciliations.
“ He's exciting to watch throughout.
“ Like the curate's boiled egg, parts of which were just fine, parts of Bottle Shock are pleasant and even entertaining.
“ An Unpretentious and Entertaining True Story of California Wine .
“ The story has a pleasant screenplay with entertaining subplots that might or might not really happen, such as the triangle of love among Sam, Gustavo and Bo, that keeps the plot never boring.
“ He's a poser, a bit of a loser, and has a sadness beneath the surface that makes him very human, and engaging to watch.
“ In effect just as boring as Sideways with not nearly the anomaly in the wine sales business.
“ The wine-trick in the film was recycled and contrived.
“ While a more accurate take on the events of the Paris tasting would be welcomed, keeping it as entertaining as Bottle Shock could prove challenging.
“Bill Pullman was superb, Alan Rickman portrayed the quintessential snobbish Britt, Rachael Taylor was stunning and Dennis Farina was "Bacon Fat with a hint of Ripe Mellon!
“ I am probably way behind watching this film, but DARN I enjoyed it.
“ Everything in this movie is a cliché, from the 1970s clothing to the soundtrack, which dictates the emotion we're supposed to feel in each scene, in case the spare dialog and the one-dimensional acting isn't enough to clue us in.
“Save your money and wait for the DVD where you can fast forward through much of it and still enjoy the interesting story of how, where, and when California wine became the equal of French wine.
“ I enjoyed more the Wikipedia article on this than that long, unbearable movie.