75

The A.V. Club

By Nick Schager
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.
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60

Village Voice

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.
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60

The New York Times

By Andy Webster
[A] tidy and ingratiating documentary ode to high-end mixologists.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
For all his attention to the exactitude of creating righteous cocktails, Tirola never quite nails a specific structure, focus or theme.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
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.
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40

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
You’re probably better off heading to an actual watering hole than patronizing Douglas Tirola’s humdrum doc on the art of the cocktail.
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38

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Here’s a movie that will test the limits of your ability to watch other people having a good time.
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Skip the movie and go buy yourself a drink instead.
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44 out of 100
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