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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
    Wise, touching, and often wildly funny,
  2. Reviewed by: Catherine Bray
    Aug 21, 2013
    A gorgeous, amusing ode to the pleasures of stretching your wings a little.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 7, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Oct 23, 2013
    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. Jun 7, 2013
    I 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
    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
    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
    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. Jun 2, 2014
    An independent movie and a coming-of-age comedy-drama. The story of the three boys who left behind their respective lives for their freedom to choose what they want like an adult. They move to the woods and build a cabin. This resolution by teenagers leaves a greater panic in their parents. Everything in the world has an end and how long it lasts is the remains that concludes with a sharp strike that changes their rest of the life.

    The story commences with a powerful tribal musical rhythm that makes us to have goosebump. Then takes us to the earlier story to reveal the meaning of their's behaviour. These kids performed awesomely especially the character Biaggio was impressive. Biaggio was the highlight, without him would have been a less interested in the story narration. The less preference given to the characters going to have a strong hold in the end of the story. So you no need to be wise to support any individual characters.

    The first half of the movie was excellent and then the later parts, it really breaks my heart. The romance was the responsible for that, I could not handle it well due to I was rooting for my favourite character in the story. I think that was a downfall, otherwise I would have said it's an awesome movie than to say a good movie. Overall, one of the year's best movies and must not miss.
  7. Dec 12, 2013
    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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