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Drinking Buddies Reviews

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January 9, 2018
The script points toward the consequences of leashing onto someone who's already leashed, but it isn't able to find its way to them or a visual substitute. The dark matter of life is abandoned for gimmicky silence.
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
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
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
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+
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
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.
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
September 9, 2013
Pretension. Pretension. Pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5
September 12, 2013
This baby has video on demand written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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
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.
October 28, 2013
Flat as day-old beer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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