The Kings of Summer
The Kings of Summer (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 31, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to charming performances and endearingly off-kilter spirit, The Kings of Summer proves to be a slight, sweet entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.

Catherine Bray
Time Out

Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment.

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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times

There is much here to admire, but the overall impression is of a film that does not have the courage of its convictions.

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Mike McCahill
Metro (UK)

Heartache, teen angst and mordant comedy are well tuned. Very funny, with wonderful performances, it's an unexpected delight.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers

Once they go into the woods, the movie becomes as interesting as watching kids hang around and play with sticks.

J. Olson

While it openly evokes the spirit of pictures like "Stand By Me" and "Moonrise Kingdom," it scores originality points in the shading of its characters.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

In its small, independent way, "The Kings of Summer" rules.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

A slick piece of work that juts out at just enough odd angles to be idiosyncratic, but never alienating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The kind of refreshing and funny indie dramedy tailor-made to charm everyone at Sundance, with its share of indie clichés and a director who seems very eager to… More
Everett Johnson
***1/2 "Kings of Summer" is a kind of "Stand by Me"(there's been quite a few of those this year)type of movie. It's about 3… More
Cynthia S.
Decent movie. I expected to like it more, though.
Spencer S.
This comedy has all the things I truly love in an indie film: a story that concerns coming of age, a weird supporting character who says creepy things, bracing… More
Al S
A spectacular good time that shines with humor and drama. The best kind of guilty pleasure entertainment. A classic coming of age comedy that shines with… More
Manu Gino
Why live when you can rule. Great Film! A great mix of classic coming of age tales such as Stand By Me and the indie comedies of recent times that hits the… More