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While incapable of comprehensively contextualizing the craze and only somewhat convincing in its portrait of the power of cocktails to reenergize the traditional local-dive scene, the documentary remains a succinct and lively tribute to the art of the drink—not to mention a handy compendium for those seeking a prime NYC joint to quench their thirst. Read full review
Watching the documentary Hey Bartender is like spending a night at a good bar: It's fun, easygoing, and it lasts just a little longer than it should. And the conversation, while delightful in the moment, often seems banal the next morning. Read full review
[A] tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists. Read full review
Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique. Read full review
For all his attention to the exactitude of creating righteous cocktails, Tirola never quite nails a specific structure, focus or theme. Read full review
The film will attract the attention of a public that's increasingly educated about gourmet matters, but leave the most serious viewers unsatisfied. Fatally for a film of this sort, it doesn't leave the viewer wanting a drink. Read full review
You’re probably better off heading to an actual watering hole than patronizing Douglas Tirola’s humdrum doc on the art of the cocktail. Read full review
Here’s a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time. Read full review
Skip the movie and go buy yourself a drink instead.
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