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Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

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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: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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 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. Oct 8, 2013
    10
    At first glance, skeptically, I thought great another coming of age movie but this movie is more than its moving parts. It speaks to something very still in this world. 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 rich characters. The script is great and the humor is natural. I loved every minute of this movie. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2013
    8
    Two teenage friends (Nick Robinson & Gabriel Basso) have typical parent issues, so they decide to build a house and live in the woods. Somewhere alone the way, a quirky sidekick (Moises Arias in a breakout comic turn) joins the adventure. Even though it's launched in reality, it's also set in the illusory world cinematic invention. The genuinely funny moments overshadow the trite plot. The humor sometimes has the deadpan charm of Wes Anderson without the forced quirkiness. Accept this for a lighthearted romp in adolescent escape and you'll find yourself laffing. (Stay thru the credits for one last moment with Biaggio.) Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2013
    8
    I am a sucker for films like this. KoS echoes many of my favorite kid and teenage films (The Goonies, Super 8, Adventureland). The overall positive tone of this film is tempered by the black humor and real sadness felt by everyone in the film. Good film! 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 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 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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