88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The coming-of-age film is poignant and comical, sitting squarely on that threshold, focusing on the time when a teen is part boy, part man and all adolescent.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Nell Minow
Wise, touching, and often wildly funny,
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83

The Playlist

By Cory Everett
While the premise of the film is outlandish, the feelings are all real...Director Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta are in perfect unison on this film, harmonizing to create what feels like a fresh comic voice.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Sometimes, a movie just has a magic about it, something that makes you look past implausibility and plot holes and whatever other shortcomings it may have and leaves you feeling good just for having seen it.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A stylish and very funny teenage coming-of-age story graced with surreal fringes and a mysteriously hushed core.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie has a profound understanding of the back-and-forth nature of the bond between boys, and it ends on a silent note of forgiving looks and instant reconciliation that is the privilege of the young, whose lives aren’t yet complicated enough to put resentment before friendship
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The best way to enjoy The Kings of Summer is to view it as a likable comic fantasy dreamed up by filmmakers (Chris Galletta wrote the screenplay) who are close enough to adolescence to infuse their ramshackle story with a youthful, carefree whimsy.
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70

Variety

By John Anderson
[The Kings of Summer] is much more interested in the laughs that can be mined from character rather than plot. Galletta’s script, Vogt-Roberts’ direction and the distinctive play of the actors, notably Offerman and Mullally, lets the viewer know who everyone is right away, and the gag lines flow.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
I didn't feel strongly one way or another about The Kings of Summer. It's too innocuous to actively dislike but there's nothing memorable here. The characters are bland; the comedy, while occasionally eliciting laughs, is lukewarm; and the relationships never gel.
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40

Village Voice

By Inkoo Kang
The Kings of Summer plays like an extended sitcom episode, and not a very special one at that.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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