Ping Pong Summer Reviews

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August 6, 2019
There's no deeper meaning to be had here. Just a good time, plenty of laughs, tons of nostalgia for the 1980s and the birth of Radical Miracle, who is everything Napoleon Dynamite wishes he was.
August 15, 2017
In "Ping Pong Summer", director Michael Tully has managed to distill everything awful about eighties movies - the fashion, cheesy dialogue, political incorrectness and afternoon-special endings - minus the heart.
October 5, 2016
t all sounds like pretty familiar coming-of-age film fodder, but Ping Pong Summer reinvigorates the genre.
June 21, 2016
While the film feels overly familiar in plot, it's lightweight, pleasurable tone causes it to glide by.
October 21, 2014
Downright absurd, but ineffably entertaining, and you simply have to take this for what it is, and get on board.
August 24, 2014
Without a heavy emphasis on heart-shaped nostalgia, "Ping Pong Summer" would be nothing.
June 19, 2014
The stakes are low throughout the film - even the bullies are mostly bluster - making the big finish an anticlimax.
June 11, 2014
While there are substantial shortcomings to the picture, it knows how to have a good time, playing with teen cinema conventions as it checks off its laundry list of references and sense memories.
June 9, 2014
Summer coming-of-age tale is high on nostalgia, low on plot.
June 6, 2014
[Tully achieves] a winning innocence of spirit in which performances and production design are all perfectly synched to his low-key comic vision.
June 6, 2014
It's so dedicated to the odd textures of its world that it becomes something else - personal, abstract, and strangely honest.
June 6, 2014
While "Ping Pong Summer" does aggressively pander to viewers' nostalgia (dig that Nike track suit, and Run-D.M.C. cassette tape!), it's also warmer and funnier than its worst jokes.
June 5, 2014
A ho-hum memory piece that could have used a bit more objectivity, not to mention depth and energy.
June 5, 2014
This gentle comedy, while entirely unmemorable, releases a genuine warmth that deflects harsh judgment.
June 5, 2014
"Ping Pong Summer" may not be an instant classic, but it knows its time and place. There's a humble honor in that.
June 5, 2014
A friendly puppy of a movie. It's clumsy and bumbling but disarmingly sweet in spirit.
Top Critic
June 5, 2014
A sometimes-intriguing experiment in upended expectations, though not a particularly successful one.
June 5, 2014
It offers a Pixy Stix rush of nostalgia that wears off quickly.
June 5, 2014
1980s nostalgia again, served up family-style, but all too wanly.
June 5, 2014
This sweet, offhanded but lovingly observed remembrance is a real kick.
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