The Kings of Summer Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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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
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
May 28, 2013
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.
Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood
April 29, 2014
A sweet yet fleeting trifle.
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May 30, 2013
Uneven, haphazardly constructed, and over-reliant on hackneyed symbols of yearning for independence and self-sufficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2013
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.
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
June 7, 2013
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)
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
May 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Film Racket
September 23, 2013
Like lazy summer days, it will be forgotten almost as soon as it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 2, 2013
One senses the filmmakers were going for something more profound and transformative than what ended up on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013
Like a summer fling, forgotten as soon as you re-enter the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
IFC.com
May 31, 2013
"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.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 5, 2013
Irksome in its randomness, finding a few profound windows to the soul before it lurches back into shtick coma mode.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 31, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 25, 2013
"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 | Original Score: C-
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 6, 2013
The movie's just such a pain in the ass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 30, 2013
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
May 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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