As a drinker looking at the beautifully photographed cocktails, I finally started to understand why foodies go nuts for similar exposés about chefs.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This will be the only time you can have this much fun with mixed drinks and not need a designated driver.
| Original Score: B
For a cocktail documentary backed by a major independent distillery, Hey Bartender never devolves into the pro-drinking propaganda you might imagine.
| Original Score: 3/4
Stirring and sophisticated, it's filled with insightful, engaging observations, like "The shot is the bartender's handshake."
| Original Score: 7/10
The colorful, fast-paced documentary "Hey Bartender" celebrates the renaissance of the craft cocktail and the men and women who mix them with rock star aplomb.
Engagingly looks at the new age of the craft cocktail, and the masters who mix them.
Immensely likeable documentary about that immensely likeable pastime, drinking.
The drinks and their consumption look mighty glamorous in "Hey Bartender," Douglas Tirola's tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists.
| Original Score: 4/5
A playful and entertaining probe of the cocktail renaissance in our time.
| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Tirola's documentary is an enthusiastic showcase for the many men and women responsible for the burgeoning cocktail revolution going on in metropolises around the world.
What carries the doc is Tirola's expansive, democratic spirit-his understanding of the value of bar as meeting place, not just a stage for bitters and booze.
The people in this doc--bartenders and patrons alike--are having so much fun drinking these delectable cocktails that you can't expect anyone to say "I could have had a V-8."
| Original Score: B+
More successful as a sort of moving-picture coffee-table book homage to the glamor of the perfectly wrought cocktail than as a personalized narrative.
| Original Score: 2/4
Probably a hit and a significant achievement among people already interested in cocktail culture, but unlikely to grab those who couldn't care less about the difference between a smash and a flip.
This isn't the cocktail doc enthusiasts are waiting for.
Treats cocktail crafting as if it were nuclear engineering.
| Original Score: 1/5
Here's a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's unfortunate that a movie about the intoxicating allure of the highest-quality spirits leaves you feeling so stone-cold sober.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.