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Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
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  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: Kyle Burton
    Apr 25, 2014
    75
    An affectionate love letter to a bygone era of growing up, Ping Pong Summer brims with specific pop culture minutiae, making it easy to assume the movie has been intended as a farce, but it has more going on beneath the surface.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 9, 2014
    70
    A sweetly amusing ode to the underdog sports movies that proliferated during that widely derided decade.
  4. Reviewed by: Katherine Vu
    Jun 3, 2014
    70
    It's a throwback film in both style and sentiment, and what it lacks in depth, it make up for with warmth.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jun 4, 2014
    67
    The film coasts on its time-capsule fetishism and affable supporting turns from Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson, but it never achieves the emotional punch of like-minded comedies such as "Adventureland" and "The Way, Way Back."
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jun 6, 2014
    63
    The film's relentlessly quirky style of comedy is consequently very self-conscious. Every joke in Ping Pong Summer is a variation on a theme: 1985 was the most awkward time to be alive.

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