The Kings of Summer (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Kings of Summer (2013)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to charming performances and endearingly off-kilter spirit, The Kings of Summer proves to be a slight, sweet entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.

Movie Info

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends - Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create - is something you can't run away from. (c) CBS Filmsmore
Rating: R (for language and some teen drinking)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Galletta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2013
Box Office: $1.3M
CBS Films - Official Site


Moises Arias
as Biaggio
Nick Offerman
as Frank Toy
Alison Brie
as Heather Toy
Megan Mullally
as Mrs. Keenan
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Captain Davis
Craig Cackowski
as Mr. Larson
Paul Floriano
as Italian Man
Brian Sacca
as No Sideburns
Peter Karinen
as No Sideburns' Friend
Tony Hale
as Bus Passenger
Hannibal Buress
as Bus Driver
Kumail Nanjiani
as Delivery Guy
Jeffrey Grover
as Detective
Eric Wasserman
as Second Detective
Angela Trimbur
as FacePaint
Michael Cipiti
as Biaggio's Dad
William Sonnie
as Track Suit
Priscilla Kaczuk
as Grandma Keenan
Cristoffer Carter
as Construction Kid
Jennifer Lindgren
as News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Kings of Summer

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (35)

Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

While it openly evokes the spirit of pictures like "Stand By Me" and "Moonrise Kingdom," it scores originality points in the shading of its characters.

Full Review… | April 14, 2016

A slick piece of work that juts out at just enough odd angles to be idiosyncratic, but never alienating.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

A sweet yet fleeting trifle.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Thompson on Hollywood

If you were lucky enough to grow up near the woods, you'll see how true the movie is to the tenor of adolescent exploration. This is a kid's film in the best sense of the word, not a movie for kids, but a great story about being a kid.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Mashes a heightened sense of the absurd rather awkwardly up against arty pastoral, and the mock-seriousness of the endeavor comes across as unpleasantly snide.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for The Kings of Summer


The kind of refreshing and funny indie dramedy tailor-made to charm everyone at Sundance, with its share of indie clichés and a director who seems very eager to show that he can direct, and it is worth seeing especially because of Nick Offerman and Moises Arias, both hilarious.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Decent movie. I expected to like it more, though.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A spectacular good time that shines with humor and drama. The best kind of guilty pleasure entertainment. A classic coming of age comedy that shines with brilliant humor, adventure, a great soundtrack and originality. A triumph for Director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It's absolutely wonderful and ambitious film. One of the years most tasteful, inventive and excellent surprises. A charming, unique, hilarious and heartwarming movie. An awesome and relate-able experience. The cast is so funny and has such great chemistry together. The performances from its young and gifted cast are all perfect. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias are sensational. Arias gives a show stealing performance, he is so outrageous you have to see him work to believe what he can do.

Al S

Super Reviewer

The Kings of Summer Quotes

Joe: Have you ever felt this at one with yourself, with your instincts, with nature? This masculine?
Biaggio: I don't know. I don't really see myself as having a gender.Is that a problem?
Joe: It's not great. This way to the bison, my friend.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
Joe: Good effort, although very poorly planned out, and savagely racist.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
Biaggio: Where are we?
Joe: Someplace they won't find you.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
Frank: You're right, it's a classic kidnapping. They took our children and the canned goods and pasta.
– Submitted by Carlo R (2 years ago)

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