The Way Way Back Reviews

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April 3, 2021
I cannot sing the praises of this film often enough. Just wonderful.
December 4, 2020
Presents its story with consistent heart, infused with a wealth of eccentric characters that ensures the poignancy is perpetually alternated with laughs.
July 18, 2020
The Way Way Back will lift your spirits and make you rediscover that part of you that still believes you're capable of anything, no matter how deep down within you it has been buried.
April 10, 2019
Sure, the story is predictable, but it is enjoyable, with a sweetness that just makes it all easy to take.
March 2, 2019
Both a funny and endearing addition to the coming-of-age genre, and Faxon and Rash's tale is well worth seeking out as this year's summer comes to a close.
November 16, 2018
Writers/directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash effectively take the reins producing a picture that has the makings of a summer movie classic.
August 22, 2018
Unchallenging-but-heartwarming.
August 21, 2018
With a talented and star-studded cast, including Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell, you would expect nothing less than total entertainment. This film lives up to your expectations.
November 29, 2017
The Way Way Back relishes in burying its protagonist in a hole so the audience can feel elation while he digs himself out again.
March 17, 2017
While it doesn't always stick the landing and the plot threads feel a little clumsily tied, The Way, Way Back succeeds where it counts with its big, sloppy heart.
December 17, 2016
Collette gives a nervy performance as Pam, but the real stars are Janney and Rockwell, and a quirky script by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
April 17, 2016
Carell convincingly plays against type, Rockwell turns in one of his finest performances to date, and the picture's younger cast members uniformly impress.
November 16, 2015
The Way Way Back has its heaviness, but in the end it floats to the surface and lodges.
February 20, 2014
An astoundingly sweet, lovable, immensely enjoyable little film that hits all the right notes as you're watching it thanks to its excellent cast.
December 8, 2013
The story has some of the lighthearted fun a boy should have working for a fun-loving boss and enjoying the company of a hot girlfriend, but he should be having a lot more fun than this.
November 1, 2013
If you're first act was writing the Oscar winning screenplay for "The Descendants," looking for an encore can be tough. But Nat Faxon and Jim Rash leveraged that win and made the leap to directing their own small-budget, bighearted coming of age comedy.
October 26, 2013
"The Way Way Back" is a sharply written comedy that's full of wise and wise-guy moments.
October 5, 2013
The Way Way Back is a real crowd-pleasing charmer that breaks free of its familiar trappings with consistent humor and personal touches.
September 10, 2013
Nice comedic work from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney buoys this pleasant but routine coming-of-age drama by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
September 7, 2013
Funny, touching and irresistibly charming, The Way, Way Back is a coming-of-age comedy that gets the pains and joys and, above all, awkwardness of adolescence spot on.
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