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August 29, 2013
For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2013
An especially strong script gives actors plenty to chew on in this comedy-drama, in which writer-directors Faxon and Rash (The Descendants) take an observant look at the awkward connections we make with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 29, 2013
Warm, funny - and even fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2013
A coming-of-age tale by numbers that don't all add up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 28, 2013
The dialogue sparkles, delivered by a cast on top of their game, in a movie that aims for subtlety rather than bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2013
One of the more achingly poignant stories of awkward (male) adolescence I've seen, and one of the best movies of 2013 (so far). Sam Rockwell steals this movie more than he has ever stolen a movie before.
August 27, 2013
This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2013
The Way, Way Back is an extremely difficult film to dislike, as one that has an amiable tone and series of endearing characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 26, 2013
It's a sunny, funny and genuinely heart-warming watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2013
It is likeable, and has some moments of truthfulness underneath the clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2013
A film for every age, whether you're an awkward kid, former awkward kid or awkward kid-adjacent. Funny, real and uplifting. A film that reaffirms your belief in the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2013
Deft, well-etched dramedy about the awkwardness of adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 17, 2013
In winning an Oscar for their adapted screenplay of "The Descendants," ex-Groundlings comics Faxon and Rash proved they can turn a poignant phrase and still produce enough humor to save the day. They certainly turn the same trick here...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2013
A pretty safe bet for a fun time no matter your age - a bit like a day at a water park, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2013
Crafted with much TLC and sympathy, it's perfectly tailored to the tongue-tied teen in us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2013
Provides a much-needed respite from overbearingly big summer movies. Think of it as a soothing breeze in the midst of a lot of blustering gales.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2013
If this is hardly groundbreaking (just swap James' character from Jesse Eisenberg's in the similar theme-park set Adventureland), what works is how Faxon and Rash show the angst isn't all adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2013
This is all seen through near-unknown James' eyes, and he makes Duncan a credible, even likeable 'hero' even while his inexpressive sullenness drives you mad.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 8, 2013
A small, personal film that hits all the right notes while showing great acting in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 8, 2013
...a perfectly watchable yet all-too-forgettable coming-of-age comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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