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Hey Bartender Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Here's a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 7, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It's unfortunate that a movie about the intoxicating allure of the highest-quality spirits leaves you feeling so stone-cold sober.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 4, 2013
Jessica Bryce Young
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

October 3, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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This isn't the cocktail doc enthusiasts are waiting for.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 7, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Treats cocktail crafting as if it were nuclear engineering.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

June 7, 2013
Diana Clarke
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 5, 2013
Jamie S. Rich

As a drinker looking at the beautifully photographed cocktails, I finally started to understand why foodies go nuts for similar exposÚs about chefs.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 16, 2013
Nick Schager
AV Club

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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

June 6, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

For a cocktail documentary backed by a major independent distillery, Hey Bartender never devolves into the pro-drinking propaganda you might imagine.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Andy Webster
New York Times
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The drinks and their consumption look mighty glamorous in "Hey Bartender," Douglas Tirola's tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 7, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A playful and entertaining probe of the cocktail renaissance in our time.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

June 6, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Stirring and sophisticated, it's filled with insightful, engaging observations, like "The shot is the bartender's handshake."

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 7/10

June 27, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2013
Harvey S. Karten

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."

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

June 3, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

Immensely likeable documentary about that immensely likeable pastime, drinking.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 7, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Engagingly looks at the new age of the craft cocktail, and the masters who mix them.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2013
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee

This will be the only time you can have this much fun with mixed drinks and not need a designated driver.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: B

July 25, 2013
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