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Drinking Buddies Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
March 13, 2013
Drinking Buddies wasn't the worst I've seen from Swanberg (luckily no meandering-film-student feel to this one), but it wasn't very compelling or interesting either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
November 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
August 30, 2013
Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde give some passionate performances, but Drinking Buddies is otherwise nothing more than a drunken blur that you'll likely forget about by morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
July 31, 2013
Drinking Buddies is well acted, pretty, and avoids the Hollywood ending, but there are better options for avoiding a Hollywood ending than a Hollywood non-ending. Honesty is great, but hey, how 'bout some weirdness?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com
August 23, 2013
This looks like a string of screen tests and home movie outtakes of the actors getting hammered on set. It's "Grown Ups 2" for the art house crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
August 2, 2013
Less precise and cohesive than much of Joe Swanberg's recent work, as its small, improvisational skeleton struggles to meet the demands of the more ambitious story it's trying to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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August 22, 2013
It feels mumblecore-ishly vague and rambling in its construction, like Hannah Takes the Stairs without the raffish charm.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 22, 2013
"Drinking Buddies" has a cleaner structure than Swanberg's earlier wanderings, but after several projects I still don't know what compels him as a filmmaker ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
September 9, 2013
Pretension. Pretension. Pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2013
This baby has video on demand written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
October 31, 2013
It feels like a slicker, sleeker version of the cruddy DV odysseys of yore, and yet at its (mumble) core, it's just more of the same minor-key doodling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 22, 2013
The characters may seem real, yet they're not very interesting. And worst of all, the beer flows but the movie doesn't.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 5, 2013
A meandering, unfocused kind-of love story among 20 and 30-somethings that grates as much as it pleases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
This is a giant nothing. I can't think of a recent picture where I've seen less effort to enlighten or entertain.
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
October 28, 2013
Flat as day-old beer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
July 26, 2013
The film stays true to Swanberg's roots, even if it means making a wispy little slip of a movie that indulgent audiences will not have to get blackout drunk to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2013
The stars sell the cutesiness, and the rawness-equals-real go-nowhereness that seemingly infects every conversation in a microbudget indie, with equal professionalism and vigor; if they can't stick the landing in the end, it's because no one could.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 30, 2013
The eye of Swanberg's camera seems a decidedly un-platonic relationship with Wilde, which makes you wonder if Swanberg believes his own premise.
Chris Knight
National Post
September 5, 2013
For a film in which the main characters work at a brewery and imbibe the fruits of their labour in almost every scene, Drinking Buddies is an oddly flat concoction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks
July 20, 2015
Every aspect of this film fits together nicely, even when the drama going on in the film is a little messy.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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