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Drinking Buddies Reviews

October 29, 2013
The film's quartet of post-slackers are captured as they feel their way around the edges of what they want (and are afraid to ask for) with painful accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2013
Here's a toast to the cast and crew: "Drinking Buddies" is a three-dimensional movie that doesn't require beer goggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2013
[Swanberg] points the movie in directions that defy our expectations, exploring the characters' immaturity and the entropy of human interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2013
Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2013
"Drinking Buddies" sneaks up on you; you think it's going in one direction, and suddenly it goes somewhere much more interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2013
Swanberg doesn't exactly reinvent the romantic-comedy formula, but he explores it in unexpected ways, with a terrific cast making the relationships all the more genuine and enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
September 4, 2013
The movie has a keen eye for the ways in which we sometimes resign ourselves to less-than-satisfying lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2013
Swanberg achieves an occasionally heady aura of improvisational flirtatiousness mixed with a churning will-they-or-won't-they suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 30, 2013
Drinking Buddies walks a fine line between the mundane and the meaningful, but the actors walking it are top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2013
This is a special movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2013
Director Joe Swanberg and a terrific ensemble cast imbue a simple story with authenticity and shambling charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 27, 2013
Drinking Buddies is a crackling screwball comedy refracted through a low-key, mumblecore prism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 23, 2013
There's more plot, and scripted dialogue, here than in Swanberg's earlier, mumblecore work. But authenticity still comes first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2013
Mr. Swanberg's camera weaves through bodies at rest, at work and at the bar in no particular hurry, and his script captures the idioms of men and women who are equally inclined to waste words and to say very little.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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
August 22, 2013
We laugh with these people not because they're absurd, but because they're so normal. Swanberg's made the rare film that feels exactly the way your friends do when they don't know you're watching them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2013
The entire film unfolds in a recognizable register of ominous hesitation; the results are a bit schematic but nevertheless hit on something real.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 21, 2013
The actors all blend terrifically, making this the film equivalent of great hang time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 20, 2013
Swanberg's careful eye perceives the nuances of those conflicts with greater perspicacity than ever before; never have his tiny moments of truth felt so honest or clear.
August 19, 2013
This brisk and exuberant comedy, directed by Joe Swanberg, is powered by a strong current of romantic melancholy.
July 30, 2013
An appealing cast and fine-tuned sexual tension bolster Swanberg's latest.
July 30, 2013
It's not that the insights into how Swanberg's generation lives today are any more profound (they're not), but it's encouraging to see what professional actors, a musical score and a modicum of technique can do to spruce up this observational comedy.
July 24, 2013
The effective fragments of "Drinking Buddies" take Swanberg's oeuvre in a new direction by accumulating into a big picture.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 17, 2013
Swanberg gets to the heart of the matters of the heart with disarming doses of both charm and wisdom.