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  • Summary: The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Jun 2, 2014
    75
    A heartfelt retro flashback littered with pop-culture iconography and much slang, it focuses on the importance of friendship and loyalty rather than social standing.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 9, 2014
    70
    A sweetly amusing ode to the underdog sports movies that proliferated during that widely derided decade.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jun 12, 2014
    67
    What Ping Pong Summer lacks in conviction or ingenuity, it makes up for in heart. The nostalgia that the entire film is built upon doesn’t seem misplaced.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Michael
    Apr 25, 2014
    60
    It's gawky and awkward, but just like Rad's breakdancing worm, this one gets better as it goes along.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 5, 2014
    50
    Ping Pong Summer may not be an instant classic, but it knows its time and place. There’s a humble honor in that.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 4, 2014
    50
    Certainly nails the era, right down to a lengthy pan across a none-too-appealing dinner buffet.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jun 5, 2014
    20
    The film’s reliance on formula and stereotypes wouldn’t be so frustrating if that formula worked and provided the glib pleasures the filmmakers are going for; instead, Ping Pong Summer feels stilted, undernourished, and oddly sour.

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