Bottle Shock

2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
The 1976 ‘Judgment of Paris’, when French wine experts pitted Bordeaux and Burgundy against rivals from California’s Napa Valley, is one of those underdog tales invented for cinema. In the event, it is and it isn’t, for although rooting against the snooty French is a given, the outcome’s so obvious there’s little surprise, and the shambling set-up means a long haul towards the finale.

Alan Rickman plays Steven Spurrier (the English wine merchant who initiated the event) with a low-key rendering of the actor’s familiar pinched scorn, yet elsewhere the movie trips over a scattering of Californian sub-plots, shuffling Bill Pullman’s vineyard owner, Chris Pine as his son, and Freddy Rodriguez as a Hispanic cellar rat with a patch of his own. Director Randall Miller aims for jollity, but the crass comedy is misplaced, and faking the Parisian scenes a doomed enterprise. The facts pull it through, just.

By: Trevor Johnston



Release details

Release date:
Friday March 20 2009
108 mins

Cast and crew

Randall Miller
Alan Rickman
Bill Pullman
Chris Pine
Freddy Rodriguez
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