The Kings of Summer - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Kings of Summer Reviews

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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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 17, 2013
A supremely entertaining adventure that might threaten to fall over a couple of times but always regains its balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
It's impeccably stylized, but that only makes it seem more like hand-me-down Wes Anderson, a vaporous amassment of quirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
eFilmCritic.com
July 10, 2013
Deserves recognition for its light, often hilarious depiction of summertime boyhood and the impatience to become an adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 22, 2013
Coming-of-age tales are generally a dime a dozen, but here's one pretty much guaranteed to make viewers feel like a million bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 21, 2013
There will be movies with bigger casts, louder explosions and more zombies -- but few will boast the sheer spirit of The Kings of Summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
Movies.com
June 18, 2013
The filmmakers... opt for a mostly witty Sundance-branded coming-of-age sitcom featuring lucky good looks, accelerated maturity, sexual ease, quick wits, cooperative facial hair and a distinct lack of teenage awkwardness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 14, 2013
Likable and humane, with telltale hints of a grand scheme.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
June 13, 2013
A summer pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 13, 2013
... refreshing and surprising, charming and poignant, with just enough plausibility in its exaggerated concept to keep moviegoers rooting for its trio of teenage heroes.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
The Kings Of Summer is a brilliant, endearing and engaging coming of age comedy, not only the funniest film of the year, but also the best film of the year to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2013
There is much here to admire, but the overall impression is of a film that does not have the courage of its convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
June 9, 2013
Between a host of memorable performances by a cast of relative newcomers, and a haunting, grungy score, this coming-of-age comedy is a bona fide sleeper not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 8, 2013
Refreshingly touching and genuinely funny coming-of-age story, cleverly capturing a poignant, formative interlude.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers
June 7, 2013
Once they go into the woods, the movie becomes as interesting as watching kids hang around and play with sticks.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Knight
National Post
June 7, 2013
Why not go out on a limb and call it the next summer classic?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
June 7, 2013
The tone of The Kings of Summer is unique: Stand by Me by way of Napoleon Dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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