Reviews

Aug 28, 2019
Sundance would not be Sundance without a few unbelievably stupid, clichéd, graceless movies in the mix.
Jan 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.
Nov 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.
Sep 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.
Aug 29, 2013
Never mind the text; feel the texture.
Aug 29, 2013
For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip.
Aug 29, 2013
Warm, funny - and even fresh.
Aug 28, 2013
A coming-of-age tale by numbers that don't all add up.
Aug 27, 2013
This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.
Aug 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 19, 2013
The coming-of-age tale The Way, Way Back is sweet, heartfelt and utterly trite and predictable from beginning to end.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 15, 2013
Once again, the oppressed American teen-ager lopes and shuffles to center stage, there to display his woes.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 12, 2013
Waterslides and infidelity just don't go together.
Jul 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.