The film's quartet of post-slackers are captured as they feel their way around the edges of what they want (and are afraid to ask for) with painful accuracy.
Catherine Bray, Time Out, 2013-10-29
Here's a toast to the cast and crew: "Drinking Buddies" is a three-dimensional movie that doesn't require beer goggles.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2013-09-25
[Swanberg] points the movie in directions that defy our expectations, exploring the characters' immaturity and the entropy of human interaction.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2013-09-12
Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2013-09-06
"Drinking Buddies" sneaks up on you; you think it's going in one direction, and suddenly it goes somewhere much more interesting.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2013-09-05
Swanberg doesn't exactly reinvent the romantic-comedy formula, but he explores it in unexpected ways, with a terrific cast making the relationships all the more genuine and enjoyable.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2013-09-05
The movie has a keen eye for the ways in which we sometimes resign ourselves to less-than-satisfying lives.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2013-09-04
Swanberg achieves an occasionally heady aura of improvisational flirtatiousness mixed with a churning will-they-or-won't-they suspense.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2013-08-30
Drinking Buddies walks a fine line between the mundane and the meaningful, but the actors walking it are top-notch.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-08-30
This is a special movie.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-08-29
Director Joe Swanberg and a terrific ensemble cast imbue a simple story with authenticity and shambling charm.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2013-08-29
Drinking Buddies is a crackling screwball comedy refracted through a low-key, mumblecore prism.
Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com, 2013-08-27
There's more plot, and scripted dialogue, here than in Swanberg's earlier, mumblecore work. But authenticity still comes first.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2013-08-23
Mr. Swanberg's camera weaves through bodies at rest, at work and at the bar in no particular hurry, and his script captures the idioms of men and women who are equally inclined to waste words and to say very little.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2013-08-22
We laugh with these people not because they're absurd, but because they're so normal. Swanberg's made the rare film that feels exactly the way your friends do when they don't know you're watching them.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2013-08-22
The entire film unfolds in a recognizable register of ominous hesitation; the results are a bit schematic but nevertheless hit on something real.
Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club, 2013-08-22
The actors all blend terrifically, making this the film equivalent of great hang time.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2013-08-21
A meandering, unfocused kind-of love story among 20 and 30-somethings that grates as much as it pleases.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2013-09-05
It feels mumblecore-ishly vague and rambling in its construction, like Hannah Takes the Stairs without the raffish charm.
Ella Taylor, NPR, 2013-08-22
"Drinking Buddies" has a cleaner structure than Swanberg's earlier wanderings, but after several projects I still don't know what compels him as a filmmaker ...
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2013-08-22