Hey Bartender Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 7, 2013
Here's a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2013
Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 4, 2013
It's unfortunate that a movie about the intoxicating allure of the highest-quality spirits leaves you feeling so stone-cold sober.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jessica Bryce Young
Orlando Weekly
October 3, 2013
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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 7, 2013
This isn't the cocktail doc enthusiasts are waiting for.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 16, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 7, 2013
Treats cocktail crafting as if it were nuclear engineering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Diana Clarke
Village Voice
June 5, 2013
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.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
October 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
June 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
July 11, 2013
For a cocktail documentary backed by a major independent distillery, Hey Bartender never devolves into the pro-drinking propaganda you might imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 6, 2013
A playful and entertaining probe of the cocktail renaissance in our time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 27, 2013
Stirring and sophisticated, it's filled with insightful, engaging observations, like "The shot is the bartender's handshake."
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 7, 2013
Immensely likeable documentary about that immensely likeable pastime, drinking.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 13, 2013
Engagingly looks at the new age of the craft cocktail, and the masters who mix them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
July 25, 2013
This will be the only time you can have this much fun with mixed drinks and not need a designated driver.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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