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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The coming-of-age film is poignant and comical, sitting squarely on that threshold, focusing on the time when a teen is part boy, part man and all adolescent. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Built on dry one-liners, off-kilter timing and self-conscious nostalgia, The Kings of Summer seems expressly designed to delight quirk-loving Sundance audiences. show more

  • 70
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Even if the movie ultimately proves less adventurous than its main characters, it has a charm that keeps resurfacing every time you think it’s wandering too far into cutesville. show more

  • 50
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Like the recent "Mud," The Kings of Summer is a tale of feral adolescent pals in search of freedom and adventure. The movies even share essentially the same awkwardly contrived climax. But of the two films, The Kings of Summer is more of a comedy, with a depiction of the eternal war between teen and parent that's downright farcical. show more

  • 88
    Nell Minow Chicago Sun-Times

    Wise, touching, and often wildly funny, show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie has a profound understanding of the back-and-forth nature of the bond between boys, and it ends on a silent note of forgiving looks and instant reconciliation that is the privilege of the young, whose lives aren’t yet complicated enough to put resentment before friendship show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A stylish and very funny teenage coming-of-age story graced with surreal fringes and a mysteriously hushed core. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A bit undernourished to fit into the crown of a comedy classic. But the sharp wit, soft-focus cinematography and slow-motion lyricism lift it into the realm of this summer’s nicest surprises. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    A summer movie that staggers down that fine line between sentimental and snarky, a tale of nature and nurture and first love that manages to charm more than any R-rated movie about horny teens has a right to. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    I didn't feel strongly one way or another about The Kings of Summer. It's too innocuous to actively dislike but there's nothing memorable here. The characters are bland; the comedy, while occasionally eliciting laughs, is lukewarm; and the relationships never gel. show more

  • January 21, 2014 gordonfan1095
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    Loved it, I found myself in literal pain from laughter while watching it, and the two main characters are easy to relate to as a teenage boy.

  • June 17, 2013 lgjhere1
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    Was okay. Could have been more compelling with more personal issues to pull us through it.

  • June 17, 2013 richardpinter
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    Bad acting , bad stupid movie

  • June 15, 2013 mrymroberts
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    The acting especially the one \"dad\" is a stitch. Very entertaining.

  • May 16, 2013 cjjezek
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    Oh yes, The Kings of Summer is a lot of fun for the three boys as they have adventures and bonding in the woods. The parents are quite lame and one set of them never does get it. The message is that boys do need to grow up, have challenges, and face responsibilities.

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