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The Kings of Summer Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

It's basically 'Stand by Me' for dummies. And I'm betting even the 'dummies' will get wise fast to the fact that the only throne 'Kings' is worthy of sitting upon is constructed of porcelain.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C-

June 7, 2013
Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 11, 2013
Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
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As nostalgic projections of boyish freedom by a couple of thirtysomething dudes, the so-called kings are good-enough jesters, but I couldn't help wishing they would shut up more and let the grown-ups talk.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 28, 2013

Uneven, haphazardly constructed, and over-reliant on hackneyed symbols of yearning for independence and self-sufficiency.

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

May 30, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts cut his teeth on network cable series and Internet comedy shorts, and it shows. Instead of developing a genuine perspective he simply repeats the same few stylistic gestures ad infinitum.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 6, 2013
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!

This just could have been so much more. In fact, it SHOULD have been so much more. (Complete Content Details for Parents are also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

June 7, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Eager to please and easy on the eyes, The Kings of Summer sails right down the middle, safely tacking between sitcom setups and grandiose MGMT-scored montages without forming its own distinctive feel.

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

May 28, 2013
Josh Bell
Film Racket

Like lazy summer days, it will be forgotten almost as soon as it's over.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 23, 2013
James Berardinelli
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One senses the filmmakers were going for something more profound and transformative than what ended up on screen.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 2, 2013
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2013
Tim Grierson

"The Kings of Summer" boasts some of the deadpan melancholy one associates with Wes Anderson's best work, but it doesn't have quite the same bite or insight.

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May 31, 2013
Brian Orndorf

Irksome in its randomness, finding a few profound windows to the soul before it lurches back into shtick coma mode.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

June 5, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Less a movie than a checklist of indiecinema clichés. Youth on a journey of self-discovery? Got it. Dead mom? Uh-huh. Wounded and entitled when it's trying to be soulful, plotless, laden with indie rock and entirely overhyped at Sundance? Checkarooney.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 31, 2013
Cole Smithey

"The Kings of Summer" is a poor man's "Moonrise Kingdom" - with none of that film's editorial sense of kitsch, dry wit, or style.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

May 25, 2013
Matt Pais

The movie's just such a pain in the ass.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 6, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Mashes a heightened sense of the absurd rather awkwardly up against arty pastoral, and the mock-seriousness of the endeavor comes across as unpleasantly snide.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 30, 2013
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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The foundation of a much better movie is buried somewhere beneath the debris that's too quickly piled on to The Kings of Summer ...

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 7, 2013
Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers
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Once they go into the woods, the movie becomes as interesting as watching kids hang around and play with sticks.

Full Review Source: Hearst Newspapers | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2013
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

The film's aesthetic is marked by off-tempo editing and a tone that vacillates between grim and coy, and though it's occasionally visually evocative, it's also unmistakably over-calculated.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 28, 2013
Dustin Putman

The first feature film from "Funny or Die..." director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, "The Kings of Summer" isn't very funny and dies slowly but surely as a coming-of-age film that bludgeons the viewer with its own quirkiness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

June 6, 2013
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