The Way Way Back Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
An astoundingly sweet, lovable, immensely enjoyable little film that hits all the right notes as you're watching it thanks to its excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2013
The story has some of the lighthearted fun a boy should have working for a fun-loving boss and enjoying the company of a hot girlfriend, but he should be having a lot more fun than this.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
November 1, 2013
If you're first act was writing the Oscar winning screenplay for "The Descendants," looking for an encore can be tough. But Nat Faxon and Jim Rash leveraged that win and made the leap to directing their own small-budget, bighearted coming of age comedy.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 26, 2013
"The Way Way Back" is a sharply written comedy that's full of wise and wise-guy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 5, 2013
The Way Way Back is a real crowd-pleasing charmer that breaks free of its familiar trappings with consistent humor and personal touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2013
Nice comedic work from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney buoys this pleasant but routine coming-of-age drama by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 7, 2013
Funny, touching and irresistibly charming, The Way, Way Back is a coming-of-age comedy that gets the pains and joys and, above all, awkwardness of adolescence spot on.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 6, 2013
More charm and original laughs than most recent coming-of-age films...overcomes its contrived formula (dysfunctional adults, kids as victims) aided greatly by Rockwell.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 2, 2013
Not a subtle film, but honest, intelligent and very funny.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 30, 2013
The most inspiring example of how to nurture confident responsibility in the young since Clint Eastwood's seminal Gran Torino (2009).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2013
Sam Rockwell makes the biggest splash with a sizzling supporting performance. Not only is he naturally funny, but he has the great ability to make every sharp line of dialogue sound freshly improvised.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 29, 2013
Collette and Carell endow their characters with poignancy and authenticity, while Rockwell and Janney are superb at wringing every possible bit of humour out of the sparky dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 29, 2013
Never mind the text; feel the texture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
August 29, 2013
For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 29, 2013
An especially strong script gives actors plenty to chew on in this comedy-drama, in which writer-directors Faxon and Rash (The Descendants) take an observant look at the awkward connections we make with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
August 29, 2013
Warm, funny - and even fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Phippen
Sky Movies
August 28, 2013
The dialogue sparkles, delivered by a cast on top of their game, in a movie that aims for subtlety rather than bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 28, 2013
One of the more achingly poignant stories of awkward (male) adolescence I've seen, and one of the best movies of 2013 (so far). Sam Rockwell steals this movie more than he has ever stolen a movie before.
Top Critic
Anna Smith
Time Out
August 27, 2013
This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
August 27, 2013
The Way, Way Back is an extremely difficult film to dislike, as one that has an amiable tone and series of endearing characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
July 4, 2013
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