A beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable.
It finds its groove with sincere, nuanced performances and a realistic attitude to romance as refreshing as a fistful of Citra hops.
| Original Score: 3/5
For a film all about the betrayal of those we love the most, Drinking Buddies is a supremely optimistic, warm-hearted picture, with fine, freeing performances from its entire (albeit very small) cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
As much a shining example of an improvised film that works as an example of one that doesn't, Drinking Buddies is nevertheless a solid romantic comedy.
It's warm, witty and wise.
A touching, truthful look at how friendships work when things go off road.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Funny, nuanced, relatable, touching, and an absolute pleasure to watch.
It's about what doesn't happen as much as what does. It's like real life, especially the beer part.
...won't change your world, but it's a nice movie to have a beer with.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
With a little more thought, "Drinking Buddies" could have been an intriguing character drama, but just like a night of heavy drinking, it's something you're not likely to remember.
The characters are likeable and engaging and the film ends up being amiable, if not quite winning.
| Original Score: C+
The actors are so casual it doesn't look like they're performing.
| Original Score: B
The story meanders, purposefully, and doesn't lead to the places a similar studio film would go; Swanberg recognizes that disillusionmnet and disappointment are more frequent and universal occurences than heartbreak.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
As an exploration of a specific point in life, this film is authentic and observant. But it has a tendency to preach at us, overdramatising issues rather than letting them play out organically.
If you're in the mood for a talky independent that doesn't look as if it's been made a by a wannabe Woody Allen, Drinking Buddies might just leave you feeling that your glass is more than half full.
Small and earthy, this low-key drama simply follows a group of 30-ish characters as they use their friends to sort out their own issues.
There are emotional razors amid the wooziness.
Swanberg is not so much kowtowing to romcom convention as putting great care into crafting something idiosyncratic, sneakily intelligent-and totally disposable.
Workshopped, improvised and mostly shot in small spaces, Swanberg's intimate drama is teased out with killer, subtle performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
This fresh and rebellious quasi rom-com liberates the glamorous Olivia Wilde from the shackles of two-dimensional studio fare, reinventing her as a laidback tomboy involved in a romantic quadrangle.