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Reviews: The Kings of Summer (2013)

kings_of_summerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 2/6/14] | Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: The Kings of Summer’s narrative doesn’t stand up to much thought or scrutiny, but this artsy indie film’s exploration of adolescence still holds considerable appeal.
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A rebellious and creative Ohio teenager tries to forge his own passage from adolescence into manhood in the woods with two buddies.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer Chris Galletta and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (‘Funny or Die Presents’) make an auspicious feature debut with this charmer that plays like “The Lord of the Flies” meets “Moonrise Kingdom” as sponsored by Boston Market (a running gag in the film).
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It mostly fails because it relies on the kind of indie clichés that can really get under one’s skin: an overreliance on quirky characters, cultish acoustic music, and trick camera shots.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There’s something to be said for restraint, even when dealing with impulsive characters in a carefree scenario.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Cleverly captures a poiignant, formative interlude…
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Travels through some pretty familiar turf about youthful nostalgia but goes down easy like a laid-back, directionless summer day with a scruffy, independently made quality.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Thanks to the combination of the three lads’ shaky grasp of roughing it and Biaggio’s unpredictable behavior, rookie feature director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta (a former writer for David Letterman) effortlessly maximize the comic potential of these three young characters.
  • Peter Martin @ Dallas Film Now
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
  • Nell Minow @ Chicago Sun-Times
    • Excerpt: Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and writer Chris Galletta bring a fresh and sympathetic eye to the story, evoking the pleasure of what feels — for a little while — like endless possibilities.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Kings of Summer builds upon familiar foundations of teenage angst and romance and in doing so, it has created one of the most enjoyable, immersive films of the year.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Coming on the heels of Jeff Nichols’s superior Huckleberry Finn-styled boys’ coming-of-age movie “Mud,” “The Kings of Summer” reaches farther into the realm of fantasy, but comes up short.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A quirky, genial crowd-pleaser.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:32 am

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