Though studied and grating at times, "Drunkboat" does sustain a distinct, odd tone. Like its characters it's dreamily restless and prey to its own quixotic ideas.
| Original Score: 3/5
This enigmatic coming-of-age movie often seems destined to sail off the deep end. Yet it rights itself just often enough to keep you watching.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Held up from release for years, probably because nobody knew what to make of it, the film deserves a look, and Meyer is a talent worth watching.
| Original Score: 3/4
A passion project ill suited to cinematic adaptation, or at least sludgy, unresolved, mannered and grating in its realized incarnation.
| Original Score: D+
... feels like an intimate, idiosyncratic acting workshop that might have worked better on stage.
Undercooked, lazy and frustratingly underwhelming despite solid performances.
| Original Score: 4.0/10
"Drunkboat" might have come off via nothing more than acting ability and a good heart, if the dialogue didn't amount mostly to aimless chit-chat.
| Original Score: 2/4
The burnished smear of Lisa Rinzler's photography is a plus, but "Drunkboat" is ultimately the kind of pet project that never traverses from personal to powerful.
| Original Score: 2/5
Drunkboat is a "small" movie that plays like a mawkish, Friedberg/Seltzer riff on a small movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
Horribly written, shockingly amateur. Contrived and exhausting don't begin to summarize this inert disaster.
| Original Score: 0/4
In the end, "Drunkboat" is no "Glengarry Glen Ross" or "American Buffalo," and even if it were, the real Mamet has always worked better onstage than on film.
[An] incoherent drama.