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

By Owen Gleiberman
The actors all blend terrifically, making this the film equivalent of great hang time.
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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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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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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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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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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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Drinking Buddies, a very fitting title

By sammb123
Drinking Buddies is an intimate film that shows us the tiny details involved in relationships, the real-ness and tension. I was pleased with this movie because FINALLY it had an unexpected ending,...

How terrible can you make a movie 101?

By benwarburton
I just created a fandango account just to write a review about how terrible this movie was. It didn't go anywhere, it had no real characters that you liked, there was no plot. If you want to...

Self indulgent and boring.

By lkarp
Thank goodness we watched this on pay per view and not the theater. Incredibly self indulgent. Was there a script? Hand held cameras were shaky making it even more difficult to watch. Perhaps if I...

By shelbimiller8
Anna kendrick is perfection, this cast will give you chills....


By binzy86
Didn't hate, didn't love it...

Don't bother

By shanermeghan
Nothing happens in this movie. Literally nothing....

Great Movie

By monicalovest
Excellent movie- much better than I expected. Laugh out loud funny. Good dialogue. Excellent actors. A very realistic movie....

Real Feel

By dyferently
I loved that it didn't follow the stereotypical route of putting the two people that seem made for each other together. Wouldn't have felt right....

Movie was great!

By gbxr2
I really loved the realism of the dialogue due to it being shot without a script. I think you could really tell the actors bought into the storyline and the characters and it came through as a very...

1 and a half hours of hell

By lilykuentz
This was the most excruciatingly boring movie I've ever seen. I would rather watch Miley Cyrus' VMA performance than this movie. I have absolutely nothing good to say about this movie....

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Rated R | For Language Throughout
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Lots of drinking in romantic indie dramedy.
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