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Bottle Shock

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Randall Miller

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About the Movie

In 1976, a small American winery bested the exalted French wines of the time and sent the wine industry into a tizzy – putting California wines on the map for good. Based on a true story, Bottle Shock chronicles the events leading up to the famous ‘Judgment of Paris’ tastings, told through the lives of father and son, Jim and Bo Barrett.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 119
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 62
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The politics of making wine is a great subject for a movie, but this clunker doesn't do it justice; Bottle Shock is broad and coy where it needs to be smart. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Rickman adds a welcome astringency. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Unfortunately, Miller can't decide whether he's doing a relationship movie or one about the intrigue of world-class winemaking. Mingling the two left me with a somewhat sour aftertaste. – Rick Warner, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Comedy and drama are nicely balanced in this mostly true tale. – Cathy Frisinger, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Brought back so many memories

I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in California--about one and a half hours' drive from Napa--and I grew up next to the Gallo family--and this film brought all those memories back: the vineyards, the grapes, the sand, the sun, the 70s. Yes, I was young in the 70s--and this film hit that era spot-on. It captured Napa and that "California" attitude. I loved it. I'm going to buy this. And let me say just how wonderful all the performances were. I'm an Alan Rickman fan too--and he's at his best in this film. A true joy. Loved it. Made me nostalgic.

WOW it nearly brought me to tears.

So Im a californian, but I've been living in NY and all I can get here are the most generic California wines and lots and lots of french. Never been a fan of french wines, and been missing home lately, what can I say this movie brought me to tears... Needless to say Ill be heading back to the West Coast soon, and my first stop Napa Valley baby. This movie took me back to my roots, reiterating the joy that great cali wines have brought me. As for the movie an amazing cast ( I just love Freddy Rodríguez) and a wonderful heartwarming story of Americans who relentlessly triumph in the most beautiful ways. A true story, that changed a worldwide perception of American tastes, this ushered in a global change for winemakers everywhere. Crack open your favorite bottle and enjoy.

Great Story Built Around the Emergence of the U.S. Wine Industry...

This was a good flick! It's very well-written and well-acted. Simply done - no's hard to explain, let's call it 'crisp,' if that makes any sense? I laughed a good bit and was moved at times. It definitely had me pulling for the underdog at the end (not so much the fledgling American wine industry as for the individual guy trying to pay the bills.) This movie is not just for wine snobs, either - it is a great story for just about anyone. If you are looking for a film that the family can sit around and enjoy - this absolutely fits the bill. If you are interested in wine - ditto. If you are bored and need an interlude with some laughs, this movie will do the trick. I don't know how this film has remained so unkown - it is great! At the end of the day, it beats the snot out of "Sideways" -- a much more commerical film -- for example. Take my word...hesitate no this film.

Bottle Shock
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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