• Released
  • August 23, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Romantic Comedy
    Comedy Drama
  • 80 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Chicago brewery co-workers blur the line between being friendship and lovers.

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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For Language Throughout
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Lots of drinking in romantic indie dramedy.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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