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The Kings of Summer
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends - Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create - is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment."
‑ Catherine Bray, Time Out
"There is much here to admire, but the overall impression is of a film that does not have the courage of its convictions."
‑ Sheila O'Malley, Chicago Sun-Times
"A sweet yet fleeting trifle."
‑ Ryan Lattanzio, Thompson on Hollywood
"With a good helping of humor and engaging performances, The Kings of Summer makes for a delightfully entertaining coming of age tale."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"Thanks in no small part to its trio of hugely likeable teenage leads, the film breezes along, mixing comedy with drama to often seamless effect, while exploring the kind of issues that viewers can all find relatable."
‑ Rob Carnevale, The List
"A warm and affectionate comedy about that last great summer when you're 13 or 14 and you don't realize just how much your life is about to change and things will never be the same."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Once they go into the woods, the movie becomes as interesting as watching kids hang around and play with sticks."
‑ Mick LaSalle, Hearst Newspapers
"If you were lucky enough to grow up near the woods, you'll see how true the movie is to the tenor of adolescent exploration. This is a kid's film in the best sense of the word, not a movie for kids, but a great story about being a kid."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Like lazy summer days, it will be forgotten almost as soon as it's over."
‑ Josh Bell, Film Racket
"Quirky, funny, occasionally too whimsical and at times implausible, it's rather like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meeting the cast of Rebel Without a Cause."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This willfully eccentric tale about teenage boys in suburban Ohio fleeing their families to live in the deep woods plays like an erratic comic revue slapped together at theater camp."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"In its small, independent way, "The Kings of Summer" rules."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Mashes a heightened sense of the absurd rather awkwardly up against arty pastoral, and the mock-seriousness of the endeavor comes across as unpleasantly snide."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Rich in suburban subtext, The Kings Of Summer is a coming-of-age indie movie full of poignancy, charm and strong performances."
‑ Michael Leader, Film4
"This is the kind of American independent comedy-drama that restores our faith in the cinema, combining a talented cast, witty direction and a razor-sharp script to reboot the coming-of-age genre."
‑ Rich Cline,
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