"[A] completely satisfying movie that quietly, gently blows you away. Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, SIDEWAYS brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy."Los Angeles Times
"This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually..."USA Today
"[The film] fuses bracing wit and emotional gravity into something funny, touching and vital....Pure movie bliss."
"It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this..."
"[O]ne of the most incisive movies ever made about the intricacies of male bonding."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"[A]s a painful, uproarious story of humanity, this is a perfectly contained cinematic experience."
"SIDEWAYS is a thoughtful, comic road movie about people going through some kind of breakdown."
"[T]he most likeable and affecting film that Payne has yet made."
Sight and Sound
Ranked #5 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "It's a heartbreaking study of life, loves and second chances, beautifully performed by the two leads."