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Based on 41 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 25 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a joyous movie, the best one I've seen in a very long time. show more

  • 75
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    With his rapid-fire delivery and big heart, Rockwell makes Owen his version of “M*A*S*H”’s Hawkeye Pierce, but the film’s layers of well-observed truths go deeper than that. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer, putting refreshingly little emphasis on Duncan's romantic needs and allowing family melodrama to erupt and simmer down without pat resolution. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The Way, Way Back isn't exactly memorable, and strictly speaking it would do just fine on a small screen. But unlike the glib "The Descendants," which is also about, it's smart, funny and moving about human weakness. show more

  • 88
    Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times

    Co-writers/directors Faxon and Rast have created a little gem of a film. Without question, The Way Way Back is the best coming-of-age movie of the summer and should be seen by audiences of all ages. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's funny, affecting, and appealing, and more worthy than much of what's out there. Often, coming-of-age stories rely forcefully on formulaic narrative developments but The Way Way Back remains fresh from start to finish. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The Way, Way Back is balanced, satisfying, wholesome. Dig in. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie’s a minor pleasure rather than a major work. But minor pleasures have their place, especially in summertime, and at its best The Way, Way Back goes down like a popsicle on a hot July day. show more

  • November 29, 2013 ly00000000170969
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    Awesome movie!

  • November 09, 2013 mv00000000170176
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    This may be one of my favorite movies of 2013. I watched it thinking my husband might not like it and then watched it again with him when he came home. All the charm of a classic 1980\'s film but now. The acting is great, the story is great and Sam Rockwell is amazing in it. A+ Film.

  • September 12, 2013 sn00000000165313
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    September 2013. Frankly there are not a lot of movies I am willing to pay to see in a theatre and thus with my choices quite limited I was very surprised to see this sleeper movie with my wife. The interaction of Duncan and Sam Rockwell\'s character are the main relationship in the movie. Very fresh story line with good delivery of one liners from Sam Rockwell. I would highly recommend seeing this movie.

  • September 04, 2013 Stevie Diffy
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    The movie was awesome. It was fun. I was bewildered, in mild suspense, laughed, then cried a tear of joy. And the boy reminded me so much of me at that age. He got a few breaks I didnt get. And again I must say...the lady I bought my tickets from is so beautiful. She has changed her hair color.

  • September 02, 2013 RAY
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    Excellent acting, great fun, well worth seeing !

  • August 17, 2013 kilmoon
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    We just loved this movie. Saw it 3 times! It was sweet and funny and you felt good when you left!!

  • August 09, 2013 cl00000000160311
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    Loved it a very good movie. This is what movies are all about having a good time. 10 plus stars

  • August 07, 2013 oq00000000161352
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    We go to the movies just about every week and this is one of the best movies I\'ve since in a long time. Such a great story and fantastic acting from the entire cast. The empowering message reminded me of another favorite movie, Dan in Real Life. My 13 and 10 yr olds both enjoyed it too.

  • August 06, 2013 rhs290
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    What a wonderful, poignant, very funny movie. I can\'t imagine why it hasn\'t gotten more press.

  • August 05, 2013 mail2kurtis
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    If Tony Collette is in it I am going to see it. She is eye candy as well as top actress. I loved the movie. It is one we should all relate to.


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