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The Way Way Back Reviews

Wesley Morris
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The film has been complacently concocted for likability even as it gives you very little that's real, structured, or spontaneous enough to enjoy.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 6, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Nice comedic work from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney buoys this pleasant but routine coming-of-age drama by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 10, 2013
Anna Smith
Time Out
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This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

August 27, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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An unexpected yet irresistible cross between Meatballs and The Ice Storm, The Way Way Back just may be the best movie of the summer.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

July 26, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The coming-of-age tale The Way, Way Back is sweet, heartfelt and utterly trite and predictable from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Aiming for a middle path between drama and comedy, "The Way Way Back" is so overloaded with jokes that it could sink in the water hazard, but on the final scorecard, sure enough, it's in the hole.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2013
James Berardinelli
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Nostalgia often tinges our memories in soft, warm colors; something like The Way Way Back reminds us of the good, the bad, and the cringe-worthy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 16, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Once again, the oppressed American teen-ager lopes and shuffles to center stage, there to display his woes.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 15, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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The sometimes airy, sometimes claustrophobic ambiance fills you with the same bittersweet feeling as spinning a half-forgotten Golden Oldie at a backyard cookout.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B+

July 12, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Waterslides and infidelity just don't go together.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

July 12, 2013
John Anderson
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Any movie that lifts from both "This Boy's Life" and "Meatballs" is a rarefied creation, and in this case a pretty wonderful movie.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Feels familiar, but in a good way, like a comfortably rumpled beach house you're happy to return to year after year.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Way, Way Back" is a nifty blend of humor, heart and drama.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film ...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A movie that feels like a greatest-hits montage of summer coming-of-age films.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 8, 2013
Leah Rozen
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Part of what makes Way, Way Back so engaging are the terrific performances.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 8, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's likely there will be many wet eyes in the theater as the screen goes to black.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 8, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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You don't see too many movies about the importance of fathers, and they're rarely done this well.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 5, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The film is awash in safe choices, from indie-pop-accompanied montages to sitcom one-liners and black-and-white characters.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

July 5, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A coming-of-age drama that manages some genuinely surprising turns despite the formulaic road it travels.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 5, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The comedy dial does occasionally creep past 11. But the over-the-top Janney is still often hilarious, and Rockwell is a string of firecrackers.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 5, 2013
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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As with The Descendants, Faxon and Rash ably balance the humorous and the heavy, tipping neither toward the silly nor the mawkish.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ | Original Score: 4/5

July 4, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The film is bursting with life-and blissful silliness ...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 4, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Authenticity gives the movie its witty, heartwarming, hopeful, sentimental, searing and relatable edge. It is merciless in probing the tender spots of times like these, and tough-guy sweet in patching up the wounds.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 4, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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Beautifully executed, loaded with sharp observational moments, and never cheats either its characters or its audience by descending into raunchy teen-movie cliché.

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July 4, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The Way, Way Back" is a minor pleasure rather than a major work. But minor pleasures have their place, especially in summertime, and this one goes down like a popsicle on a hot day.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

July 4, 2013
Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News
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The Way, Way Back features seasoned actors Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, but they offer only support to a story that 16-year-old Canadian Liam James carries to the point of stealing.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

July 4, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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With its subtle wit, engaging story, topnotch ensemble cast and sparkling dialogue, it's this summer's Little Miss Sunshine.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 4, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"The Way, Way Back" has the charm of timelessness but also more than a touch of triteness.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 4, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Labors under the delusion that all filmmakers need to engineer a crowd-pleaser are a collection of tried-and-true conventions and a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

July 4, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Brimming with summer nostalgia as familiar as sunburned noses and marshmallow roasts bolstered by solid performances, The Way, Way Back is carried along nicely by a cracking good script.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 4, 2013
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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[An] absolutely superb coming-of-age film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 3, 2013
Ella Taylor
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It's smart, funny and moving about human weakness. And it doesn't divide the world into good and bad adults - not counting that one bona-fide creep and his clueless squeeze.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 3, 2013
Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
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It meanders a bit, it's a little lacking in structure, but it's full of small memorable moments - and you're sad when it's over.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 3, 2013
Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
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The Way, Way Back is a crowd-pleasing summer treat, predictable in its sweetness but satisfying all the same.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 2, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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The film at least avoids a tidy "...and that was the summer that changed my life" wrap-up, but when what comes before the end credits feels so prefab, you might as well throw in a cribbed happy ending.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 2, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 1, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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There's something slightly formulaic and familiar about Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's coming-of-age film The Way, Way Back, but not enough to dampen its crowd-pleasing charm.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

June 26, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Faxon and Rash do everything right: The characters are rich and recognizable, they expertly guide their dream cast and they even make the soundtrack part of the story, with several endearing references to 80s pop.

Full Review Source: New York Post

June 5, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Perfectly done, find-yourself-a-mentor comedies are hard to get right.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

June 5, 2013
William Goss
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Navigates a crowd-pleasing middle ground between the mopey introspection of Adventureland and the raucous summer antics of Meatballs.

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January 28, 2013
Peter Debruge
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An endearingly sweet coming-of-ager.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2013
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