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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Nell Minow
    Jun 6, 2013
    88
    Wise, touching, and often wildly funny,
  2. Reviewed by: Catherine Bray
    Aug 21, 2013
    80
    A gorgeous, amusing ode to the pleasures of stretching your wings a little.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 7, 2013
    75
    A stylish and very funny teenage coming-of-age story graced with surreal fringes and a mysteriously hushed core.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Jun 5, 2013
    67
    It’s Robinson’s tender portrayal of Joe that sticks in your mind. He and Tye Sheridan from "Mud" are the summer’s real finds: young actors with promising futures.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    The director's background in online shorts manifests itself in an occasional, montage-heavy scattiness, and the broadly conventional closing act can't quite maintain the laugh rate, but there's a lot of warm-hearted and commendably daft business along the way.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 7, 2013
    50
    The Kings of Summer flirts with profundity, seeming to yearn for it and fear the honest expression of it at the same time. There is much here to admire, but the overall impression is of a film that does not have the courage of its convictions.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 30, 2013
    38
    Less a movie than a checklist of indiecinema clichés. Youth on a journey of self-discovery? Got it. Dead mom? Uh-huh. Wounded and entitled when it’s trying to be soulful, plotless, laden with indie rock and entirely overhyped at Sundance? Checkarooney.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Oct 23, 2013
    10
    This independent gem is deserving of a much wider release. It is funny, nostalgic and poignant in all the right places and features four youngThis independent gem is deserving of a much wider release. It is funny, nostalgic and poignant in all the right places and features four young actors/actress destined for great things. Already i hear that Nick Robinson is rumored to be up for a role in Jurassic World no doubt on the strength of this performance. Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2013
    9
    I found this movie to be well written, well acted and very funny. Extremely entertaining for teenagers and grownups alike. Definitely worthI found this movie to be well written, well acted and very funny. Extremely entertaining for teenagers and grownups alike. Definitely worth seeing. It's crazy that it has an R rating due to some language and underage drinking (OMG people use words like 'sh_t' and 14-year-olds drink beer at parties!). Overall, I thought that while some of the characters (the cops and parents) were overdrawn in a zaney way, the circumstances and feelings were totally relatable. And anyway this is from the viewpoint of 14-year-old kids who often view their parents as absurd. To my mind, it lent itself well to the type of humor. Overall, this is a solidly good summer movie and well worth the price of the ticket. Grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy yourself! Expand
  3. Dec 5, 2013
    9
    A mesmerizing film about family, friends, and eventually, growing up. The cast performances are solid, displaying a portrait of very richA mesmerizing film about family, friends, and eventually, growing up. The cast performances are solid, displaying a portrait of very rich characters. The script is great and the humor is natural. I loved every minute of this movie. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2013
    8
    The humor and superb writing of this film matches the beautiful cinematography captured in this coming-of-age story of three teenagers livingThe humor and superb writing of this film matches the beautiful cinematography captured in this coming-of-age story of three teenagers living off of Mother Nature's spoils for the summer. Collapse
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    8
    A movie of life, family, friendship, and independence, all things teenagers cherish, but take for granted. A juxtaposition of deadpan comedyA movie of life, family, friendship, and independence, all things teenagers cherish, but take for granted. A juxtaposition of deadpan comedy and pragmatic cynicism, the sum of our daily lives as humans. The humor is not forced, the story is captivating, dialogue is natural and so is the acting. Something teenagers should see and understand. It's a small gem of indie filmmaking. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2013
    8
    Well written and acted, the movie had my attention throughout. The Kings of Summer is lighthearted and funny, while at the same time itWell written and acted, the movie had my attention throughout. The Kings of Summer is lighthearted and funny, while at the same time it registers strong empathy for young love and heartbreak. It is worth the watch and way better then so many of the same old same old predictable Hollywood movies coming out these days. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2013
    1
    Nothing gels, the characters don't come together and the entire movie is built on a thin premise that can't last more than 10 minutes. The soNothing gels, the characters don't come together and the entire movie is built on a thin premise that can't last more than 10 minutes. The so called comedy is lazy and comes across as forced, especially from the father. The Kings of Summer accompanied by weird and pointless music, is a terrible film. Expand

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