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  • Summary: An epic exploration into the world of wine, Mondovino is a celebration of wine in its infinite variety that was filmed across three continents, in five languages, over a three-year period. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
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  1. The highest praise I can give to Mondovino is that it makes you want to sample every vintage it shows you.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    An insightful and affectionate glimpse into the behind-the-scenes struggles of modern-day winemaking.
  6. 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.
  7. As is, it's simply too much information crammed too haphazardly into a running time that at times borders on interminable.

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  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. Collapse
  2. 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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand

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