Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. The highest praise I can give to Mondovino is that it makes you want to sample every vintage it shows you.
  2. 80
    An entertaining film that is neither stuffy nor pretentious.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Consistently fascinating material provides an uncommonly eloquent, provocative statement against globalization that's sure to stimulate thinking audiences.
  4. This cagey and compelling 2004 documentary looks at the world of wine, but it's actually a nuanced, provocative piece of journalism about globalization and its discontents.
  5. 75
    If "Sideways" made you curious about vino, this fierce, funny and challenging doc opens up a world worth debating.
  6. 75
    Despite its visual restlessness and its dogs, Mondovino is a fascinating film.
  7. It's such a knowledgeable work and so pleasantly obsessed with its subject that it will interest even audiences whose attraction to wine is only casual.
  8. The real subject, though, is how globalization fosters a homogeneous, "same-old-stuff" conformity that molds almost everything on the planet into an ever-shrinking number of shapes, sizes, and varieties.
  9. 75
    An intoxicating attack on the homogenization of wines around the world - a "Fahrenheit 9/11" for the oneophile set.
  10. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    The film's ambitiously eye-opening hypothesis, colorful characters, genuine compassion, and unexpected humor will make for a great vintage in years to come.
  11. A sprawling personal journey, filled with an array of fascinating characters, through the world of wine.
  12. 75
    It's nonetheless a fascinating, thirst-inspiring, thought-provoking journey. Just one request for the lengthier version: fewer shots of dogs' swimsuit areas, please.
  13. There's no question where filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter's sympathy lies, but he makes his case leisurely, without hysteria and with much playful screen time devoted to the various interviewees' pet dogs.
  14. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    An insightful and affectionate glimpse into the behind-the-scenes struggles of modern-day winemaking.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Hugely entertaining, globe-trotting documentary.
  16. Reviewed by: Brendan Bernhard
    Will get you thinking about wine, and what is and isn't important about it.
  17. 70
    For all its pervasive irritations and lack of discipline, succeeds in using below-the-belt tactics to get its message across, especially for those unschooled in the rarified world of oenophilia.
  18. 70
    Nossiter has an eye for stray details and a knack for relaxing his subjects- although the scene with the naked guy trampling his own grapes may make you sorry that you ever gave up drinking Ripple.
  19. 70
    A lively, engrossing documentary
  20. If you have a serious interest in wine and the ­patience for this kind of rangy, undisciplined filmmaking, you'll learn something. But you'll have more fun at a winetasting.
  21. 63
    The movie feels incomplete and uncentered. It's like a grand magazine profile that's all reportage and absolutely no prose.
  22. Smart, sincere and sloppy film.
  23. Mondovino is repetitious. The version that is being shown here runs 131 minutes and would be more effective with about twenty minutes of condensation.
  24. Overly long and not especially enlightening film.
  25. Reviewed by: Scott Vogel
    A picnic wine, if you will -- more conversation-starter than collector's item.
  26. As is, it's simply too much information crammed too haphazardly into a running time that at times borders on interminable.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. FlavioV.
    Nov 26, 2006
    I love the elegance and sincerity in showing people being seduced by the forces of marketing and power. Or being rejecting it. In both cases it is beautiful to have de courage to evolve or to conserve tradition. Mondovino is about seduction. The dog scene is great. Full Review »
  2. Helena
    May 15, 2006
    Introduces some interesting questions in a fascinating topic but does not do much with them. I agree with Geoff -the cameraman needs a tripod. And what is with all the dog shots? Annoying. Overall this movie was a missed opportunity to tackle some interesting issues in the world of wine with depth and intelligence. Full Review »
  3. GeoffS.
    Oct 10, 2005
    The man needs a tripod. The unnecessary camera movement of panning, zooming, then panning again takes away from the worthy subject matter. And, that's a shame. Perhaps this jerkiness was mean to give the film a sense of raw, unpolished edginess - but we just saw it on a cinema screen and found it simply irritating. Full Review »