The Way Way Back Reviews

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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.
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.
August 29, 2013
Never mind the text; feel the texture.
August 29, 2013
For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip.
August 29, 2013
Warm, funny - and even fresh.
August 28, 2013
A coming-of-age tale by numbers that don't all add up.
August 27, 2013
This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.
July 26, 2013
Like many of the best films in this genre The Way, Way Back is rooted in truth: honest observations about family dynamics, adolescence, dependence and independence.
July 26, 2013
An unexpected yet irresistible cross between Meatballs and The Ice Storm, The Way Way Back just may be the best movie of the summer.
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 18, 2013
Aiming for a middle path between drama and comedy, "The Way Way Back" is so overloaded with jokes that it could sink in the water hazard, but on the final scorecard, sure enough, it's in the hole.
July 16, 2013
Nostalgia often tinges our memories in soft, warm colors; something like The Way Way Back reminds us of the good, the bad, and the cringe-worthy.
July 15, 2013
Once again, the oppressed American teen-ager lopes and shuffles to center stage, there to display his woes.
July 12, 2013
The sometimes airy, sometimes claustrophobic ambiance fills you with the same bittersweet feeling as spinning a half-forgotten Golden Oldie at a backyard cookout.
July 12, 2013
Waterslides and infidelity just don't go together.
July 11, 2013
Any movie that lifts from both "This Boy's Life" and "Meatballs" is a rarefied creation, and in this case a pretty wonderful movie.
July 11, 2013
Feels familiar, but in a good way, like a comfortably rumpled beach house you're happy to return to year after year.
July 11, 2013
A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film ...
July 11, 2013
A movie that feels like a greatest-hits montage of summer coming-of-age films.
July 8, 2013
The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart.
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