The Way Way Back - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Way Way Back Reviews

Page 3 of 139
February 2, 2016
Wow, a summer movie for teens that just feels like reality. Nothing in the film seems made up almost. The acting is plain spot on. The boy in particular. Oh no, everybody was just great. The arc of the story was also plain perfect. In the extras of the dvd, there might be subtil smell of homersexuality that might have been in the film. Btw, one author is like the twin of a well know Québec actor. Many characters were like stolen from Québec. If this occurs in Florida, it makes a lot of sense. Really fun, touching and dramatic film. I was pleasantly surprised.
½ January 23, 2016
An innovative look on family in the twenty first century and the issues we all go through on a daily basis. The Way, Way Back brings charm and charisma to a wonderful screenplay that is accentuated by incredible performances all around. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes sarcasm, an underdog story, and who just likes film. 5/5
½ January 23, 2016
Unsatisfying ending without loose ends being tied up. Could of come sooner. Also what parent lets there kid disappear for a whole day, for days in a row without finding out where they have been
January 23, 2016
Wonderfully captures the uplifting power of friendship and belonging during the blues of growing up. Liam James is believable as awkward teen Duncan, while Rockwell provides most of the laughs as his newly-found friend Owen.
January 16, 2016
Low key coming of age tale that strikes the perfect balance between indie and Hollywood.
January 10, 2016
This is the greatest movie I have ever seen. An amazing story. A diverse cast of characters. Entertaining writing. Superb actors. Great cinematography. I absolutely love it to death, I seriously recommend it.
January 9, 2016
Awkwardly brilliant.
½ January 5, 2016
Un personaje desaptado y convencionalmente "raro" interpretado de manera espléndida por Liam James, hace que su intromisión sea agradable y conmueva. La historia aborda temas típicos de familias disfuncionales de manera cuidadosa y excelente por parte del resto del elenco. Una mezcla entre diversión, tristeza y enojo hace que se juegue todo bien.
½ December 30, 2015
Great film showing how such simple things cab really bring out someone who is struggling with their self identity, an ass of a stepdad and a mother who doesn't stand up for herself and get son.

Loved how the film progressed, was very enjoyable but the ending was badly done and didn't conclude things properly.

Carell as a bad guy? That's new...but works....loved Rockwell in this :)
December 25, 2015
2 stars for the amazing Sam Rockwell. The rest of the movie is rubbish.
November 23, 2015
Brought to you by two-thirds of the team that brought us the Oscar-winning The Descendants, The Way Way Back is a lot more cliched and predictable. The wonderful cast saves it from being over-sentimental. Nevertheless this is an enjoyable film. You can't go wrong with Sam Rockwell.
November 17, 2015
I greatly enjoyed this movie! Wholesome entertainment, beautifully shot, well acted, funny and very heartwarming.
October 24, 2015
Excellent cast and incredible writing. This movie sends you on a ride of emotions as you follow Duncan in this coming-of-age tale. This quite possibly could be my favorite of all time.
September 26, 2015
I have always enjoyed the coming of age story. This is no "breakfast club" or "stand by me" but it is a lot of fun. Such good actors with great characters. This one kind of came and went and most people missed it, but you should look it up check it out.
½ September 15, 2015
True gem of a movie. Coming-of-age film. The kid is fantastic. And Sam Rockwell continues to astonish me at how underrated and good he is. Very feel good film that recaptures youth :)
½ September 9, 2015
Sam Rockwell is hilarious, Liam James is likeable, and Annasophia Robb will steal the heart of every 15-18 year-old boy watching. The entire cast delivers in a great coming-of-age made to make the audience happy.
½ September 2, 2015
Another juvenile-focused indie film in which all of the adults are morons, over-the-top caricatures, and man-children.

Sure, there are some laughs. The cast is likable and even shines on occasion (Allison Janney, in particular), but its attempts to buck the system, question established norms, and showcase a group of oddball free-spirits, are in themselves quite cliched and disingenuous.

Everyone talks in the same sarcastic, pop culture-referencing, Gilmore Girls-style we've come to expect from these types of films over the last decade or so. People are shown doing outlandish things for the sake of the outlandish. As if stepping out on a balcony half naked (no bottoms) in the middle of a bustling water park is inherently funny. Not so. Not to mention, this exact type of coming-of-age dramedy has been done before ad nauseam (see The Kings of Summer or Adventureland). Why do it yet again?

Come to see Sam Rockwell and a couple of other notable faces ham it up. If that alone isn't enough for you, ignore this indie.
September 1, 2015
The film deserves 4 stars. It is about a kid who really didn't have much going for him, a bit of an outcast. In the film he had to hurdle through many obstacles to end up gaining so much more than any of the other characters had. A very fulfilling story about life purpose and achievements.
½ August 24, 2015
A familiar coming of age story quickly changes the expected routine, as we follow an awkward teenage boy try to find his identity. Duncan (Liam James) is on summer vacation with his mom (Toni Collette), her boyfriend (Steve Carell) and the daughter to the boyfriend. Fear of the unknown future and his unknown place in the world, Duncan comes across Owen (Sam Rockwell) an awkward middle aged man who embraces his own awkwardness. Owen offers Duncan a summer job at the water park he manages, and it's here Duncan makes discoveries for himself and those close to him.
The story moves slowly, yet Rockwell is there enough to bring raw energy in his humorous, scene stealing performance. Carell has a supporting role and does enough for the audience to despise the overbearing and hypocritical boyfriend to Duncan's mom. If you're patient and enjoy charming story telling, 'The Way Way Back' will entertain and move you.
August 21, 2015
Satisfying family entertainment with a terrific ensemble cast to ripen it up. A dramatic comedy of a isolated and borderline depressed teen, and experiences wrapped up in an eventful summer. The twist of darkness shrouding Steve Carell, a good sign to see he's open to new and more serious characters, and the charismatic Sam Rockwell. The movie introduces sunny and dark themes mixed up, all well rounded up with brilliant direction with a steady hand. Perhaps some more of the bigger, hyped up scenarios could have been executed better, but other than that, the uplifting performances and stirring dialogue make for rock hard entertainment.
Page 3 of 139