The Kings of Summer Reviews

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Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
April 29, 2014
A sweet yet fleeting trifle.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 30, 2013
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.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
September 23, 2013
With a good helping of humor and engaging performances, The Kings of Summer makes for a delightfully entertaining coming of age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Bell
Film Racket
September 23, 2013
Like lazy summer days, it will be forgotten almost as soon as it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 29, 2013
Rich in suburban subtext, The Kings Of Summer is a coming-of-age indie movie full of poignancy, charm and strong performances.
Rob Carnevale
The List
August 27, 2013
Thanks in no small part to its trio of hugely likeable teenage leads, the film breezes along, mixing comedy with drama to often seamless effect, while exploring the kind of issues that viewers can all find relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 25, 2013
Quirky, funny, occasionally too whimsical and at times implausible, it's rather like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meeting the cast of Rebel Without a Cause.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 23, 2013
This is the kind of American independent comedy-drama that restores our faith in the cinema, combining a talented cast, witty direction and a razor-sharp script to reboot the coming-of-age genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 23, 2013
The Kings of Summer can't quite decide between dysfunctional family drama, the aesthetics of floaty Americana, Goonies-brand adventurism and outbursts of rip-roaring comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 22, 2013
The reasons for raves at the Sundance Film Festival? The film's charm, freshness, wit and skewiness of vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013
Like a summer fling, forgotten as soon as you re-enter the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
August 22, 2013
It lollops along to its own lazy drumbeat, perfectly evoking that too-brief time of life when you could pass the evenings drunk on stolen beer and all the spare time you could dream of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
August 21, 2013
A sunny and reasonably funny coming-of-ager from Sundance-ratified debutant Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Catherine Bray
Time Out
August 21, 2013
Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
August 19, 2013
The spirit of Stand By Me lives on in The Kings of Summer, a poignant and frequently hilarious coming-of-age film about three teenage friends yearning for freedom and independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
August 17, 2013
First love, a friend's powerless deception and a perfectly timeless score, credited to Ryan Miller, keep things moving along in a feel-good kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 14, 2013
The first two-thirds of the movie felt rather special, while the last third less so. Still, it has its charms, the kids are appealing and it's worth catching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
Total Film
August 12, 2013
The kids are superb - the ups and downs of the Joe/Patrick friendship ring true, while oddball Moises Arias steals scenes left, right and off-centre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 25, 2013
A hugely enjoyable, acutely observed and frequently hilarious coming-of-age drama with a delightful script, likeable characters and terrific performances from a note-perfect cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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