• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Joe Swanberg
    In Theaters:
    Aug 23, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 3, 2013
  • Magnolia Pictures


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Drinking Buddies Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 10, 2014

It finds its groove with sincere, nuanced performances and a realistic attitude to romance as refreshing as a fistful of Citra hops.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2014
Simon Miraudo

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2014
Sean Sebastian
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 7, 2014
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]

It's warm, witty and wise.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2014

A touching, truthful look at how friendships work when things go off road.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 5, 2014
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

Funny, nuanced, relatable, touching, and an absolute pleasure to watch.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2013
Jay Stone

It's about what doesn't happen as much as what does. It's like real life, especially the beer part.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 19, 2013
Josh Larsen

...won't change your world, but it's a nice movie to have a beer with.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2013
Jeff Beck

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 30, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The characters are likeable and engaging and the film ends up being amiable, if not quite winning.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

November 19, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The actors are so casual it doesn't look like they're performing.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 19, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 8, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2013
Rich Cline

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.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 6, 2013
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]

There are emotional razors amid the wooziness.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2013
Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine

Swanberg is not so much kowtowing to romcom convention as putting great care into crafting something idiosyncratic, sneakily intelligent-and totally disposable.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

Workshopped, improvised and mostly shot in small spaces, Swanberg's intimate drama is teased out with killer, subtle performances.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2013
Emma Simmonds
The List

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.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2013
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