• Released
  • August 23, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Romantic Comedy
    Comedy Drama
91

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Swanberg once again shows a capacity for capturing small moments that exist outside the direction of the plot. At the same time, the effective fragments of "Drinking Buddies" take his oeuvre in a new direction by accumulating into a reworking big picture.
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90

Village Voice

By Zachary Wigon
With dexterity and care, Swanberg illuminates our muddled perceptions of our own relationships. He fixates on the minutiae of hanging out, the stuff of little loves and lies, the feints and thrusts we make in sorting matters of head and heart.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a meandering film that prompts the viewer to anticipate characters' actions. Fortunately, they don't take predictable paths.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Writer-director-editor Swanberg should actually get first billing, as it’s his touch that makes Drinking Buddies something special.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The actors all blend terrifically, making this the film equivalent of great hang time.
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82

Film.com

By William Goss
In a film about how hard it is to know what you want, and then to express it, Swanberg gets to the heart of the matters of the heart with disarming doses of both charm and wisdom.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Drinking Buddies is full of relatable dilemmas, guileless moments of kindness and character-based humor.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
We knew Livingston, Kendrick and Johnson (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) would work in this setting. But Wilde adds to the growing repertoire she showed off in “Deadfall” and “Butter,” films no one saw but which revealed that she’s a lot more than a pretty face.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a special movie. For almost 20 minutes, Drinking Buddies does almost nothing to indicate where the story is going or whether there is even going to be a story. And yet everything onscreen is interesting, because of the truth of the emotion and the specificity of detail.
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Relative to the major brands, the intimate, handcrafted approach should yield more flavor. Instead, Drinking Buddies offers mostly froth.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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