The Kings of Summer Synopsis
Three teenage friends spend their summer in the woods living off the land.
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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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Nell Minow
Wise, touching, and often wildly funny,
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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...
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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...
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
A summer movie that staggers down that fine line between sentimental and snarky, a tale of nature and nurture and first love that manages...
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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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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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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By pedsarq
3 young boys with painful home lives flee to the woods and build a house to hang out in. They even establish a code to hunt and gather their own food. But, primarily this is about gaining freedom...

Kings of Summer - a good alternative to the block-busters of summer

By rbeldin
Kings of Summer was a solidly made and acted movie about three young boys who escape their families for the summer. It was quite funny in parts, with the whole audience bursting into laughter at...


By cinehawk
Myth, parable., good story telling and a little reality come together in a terrific coming-of-age movie. The film reminds adults of the angst, complexity and discoveries of being 15 while it...

Growing up is hard to do

By smcarriere
And this film captures that experience well with great characters, a fun summer adventure plot line, and really neat cinematic scenes of the boys being boys. Can be a little slow and reflective at...

A pure piece of indie gold!

By MoviefanLucas
I had the chance to see this movie at an advanced screening and I am glad to say that long drive was well worth it. This movie could've honestly been one of those stupid teen movies but it couldn't...

Minor kings

By lizsnead
"Kings of Summer" has good acting, beautiful scenery, and is quite believable. My movie-girlfriend and I thought it was good, but not great. If I saw it again on TV one day, I'd watch it again...


By Jagreensw
The cast selection along with their individual and collective performances are a terrific match for this excellent Coming-of-Age story line. Each character came alive, with a healthy dose of...

Life is your money!

By kkiefer99
This movie is not at all what I was expecting! We had a voucher for two movie tickets and were looking forward to the film. Afterwards, both of us agreed that we wasted the voucher. The...

Has the feel of Moonrise Kingdom. Lacks the Magic.

By tustinbakers
Having seen the previews of this film, I had high expectations for it. Unfortunately, it was a case of the all the best moments having been put into the trailer. To me, Kings of Summer was trying...

so good

By americanswag

More Info

Rated R | For Language and some teen drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Funny teen coming-of-age story has swearing, some drinking.
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