The Way Way Back Reviews

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February 27, 2021
The Way Way Back touches on certain important matters, while turning a blind eye to much, much bigger ones. It is relatively easy on itself and on the world.
August 28, 2019
Sundance would not be Sundance without a few unbelievably stupid, clichéd, graceless movies in the mix.
August 27, 2019
The Way Way Back is way way unnecessary more than anything else. You could overflow every landfill in New Jersey, a state known for its connection to trash, with the number of literary and cinematic tributes to this particular brand of "coming of age."
November 16, 2018
The Way Way Back has a terrific cast... but for whatever reason just never gels.
September 5, 2017
What Faxon and Rash get right is snappy dialogue for [Sam] Rockwell, who aces this, and hilariously inappropriate monologues for Allison Janney, priceless as the blowsy, boozy next-door neighbour. Those two bag this an extra star.
January 6, 2014
The film has been complacently concocted for likability even as it gives you very little that's real, structured, or spontaneous enough to enjoy.
November 27, 2013
This coming-of-age comedy/drama rings emotionally false during many of its jacked-up, stacked-deck emotional confrontations and mistakes obnoxiousness for personality in almost every adult character.
August 29, 2013
The story manages to be both very familiar and somehow not quite believable, in part because the characters feel contrived.
August 28, 2013
A coming-of-age tale by numbers that don't all add up.
July 28, 2013
A puzzling mix of Meatballs and '70s loco parentis drama, with authentic loco parents.
July 28, 2013
Aside from Carell's limited turn at doing nasty, it all feels terribly familiar, in a half-baked, Little Miss Sunshine-lite sort of way.
July 19, 2013
Sam Rockwell is a kick, but the rest of the film runs rather flat.
July 19, 2013
The coming-of-age tale The Way, Way Back is sweet, heartfelt and utterly trite and predictable from beginning to end.
July 19, 2013
It's easy to point out that The Way, Way Back is no Descendants. It's better to say that it's not even in the same league as that amazing cinematic celebration of life, death, and family.
July 18, 2013
A completely superficial and contrived story without an ounce of genuine emotion.
July 17, 2013
Faxon and Nash, who won an Oscar for The Descendants, wrote the screenplay based on their own childhood memories of water park anarchy and substitute fathers, and probably were inspired more than a little by classic summer camp comedy Meatballs (1978).
July 15, 2013
Once again, the oppressed American teen-ager lopes and shuffles to center stage, there to display his woes.
July 12, 2013
Despite committed and charming performances from the cast, The Way, Way Back is little more than a run-of-the-mill addition to the coming-of-age genre.
July 12, 2013
The film's primary pleasure is watching James communicate Duncan's growing confidence in the acceleration of his stride or the occasional unguarded smile. It's a likable acting turn, though one the film does not always serve honestly.
July 12, 2013
Waterslides and infidelity just don't go together.
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