The Kings of Summer


The Kings of Summer

Critics 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.



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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 Films

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Critic Reviews for The Kings of Summer

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (28)

  • Like a summer fling, forgotten as soon as you re-enter the real world.

    Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A sunny and reasonably funny coming-of-ager from Sundance-ratified debutant Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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

    Aug 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A warm and affectionate comedy about that last great summer when you're 13 or 14 and you don't realize just how much your life is about to change and things will never be the same.

    Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • This willfully eccentric tale about teenage boys in suburban Ohio fleeing their families to live in the deep woods plays like an erratic comic revue slapped together at theater camp.

    Jun 13, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There is much here to admire, but the overall impression is of a film that does not have the courage of its convictions.

    Jun 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kings of Summer

  • Sep 18, 2015
    In "The Kings of Summer," Joe(Nick Robinson) feels virtually trapped in the house with his widowed father(Nick Offerman), with only brief reprieves from visits by his older sister Heather(Alison Brie). Joe's friend Patrick(Gabriel Basso) is little help. It's not so much his foot injury but his parents'(Megan Mullaly and Marc Evan Jackson) overreaction to such. But Joe does have an idea to free both of them which involves the local forest, with a little help from the mysterious Biaggio(Moises Arias). "The Kings of Summer" is an evocative coming of age movie that makes a convincing argument for teenagers needing their freedom. At the same time, there is a good cast on hand, especially the adults(I think I might be finally warming up to Nick Offerman) who do not overshadow any of the youngsters. It is also so well photographed that the slow motion interludes are not annoying. But as satisfying as the movie is emotionally, it does not quite work as well on a physical level.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2015
    This movie drowns itself in annoying quirkiness. The leads are talented, but the film is a bland coming-of-age tale that is nowhere near as poignant or fun as the similar The Way Way Back. Catch that instead and leave this trying to hard to be hipster and cool movie on the backburner. Rating: 43
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2014
    The Kings of Summer is an instant classic, just became one of my all time favorites. Chris Galletta wrote an amazing story and Jordan Vogt-Roberts did an amazing job bringing it to life. Pretty extraordinary that this is actually both their first time working on a full length film. It had me laughing in the first 10 mins, THAT's how you do comedy. And whenever you thought the movie was gonna slow down.. it picked back up. It evokes the adventurer in all of us. Go watch it, don't miss out.
    Chris H Super Reviewer

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