• Released
  • July 5, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 43 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Teen Movie
  • 1,874 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A water-park employee becomes friend and mentor to a withdrawn, fatherless boy.

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Critic Ratings

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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a joyous movie, the best one I've seen in a very long time.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
With his rapid-fire delivery and big heart, Rockwell makes Owen his version of “M*A*S*H”’s Hawkeye Pierce, but the film’s layers of...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's funny, affecting, and appealing, and more worthy than much of what's out there. Often, coming-of-age stories rely forcefully on...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh,...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
Co-writers/directors Faxon and Rast have created a little gem of a film. Without question, The Way Way Back is the best coming-of-age movie...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film.
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75

Film.com

By William Goss
Faxon and Rush’s screenplay doesn’t deviate too far from formula, but their sturdy direction, bolstered by handsome production values,...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

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There's something slightly formulaic and familiar about Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's coming-of-age film The Way, Way Back, but not enough to...
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75

The Playlist

By Cory Everett
Comedy is hard all on its own, but comedy that resonates is a rare thing indeed. So it’s admirable that Rash and Faxon are continuing to...
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60

Variety

By Peter Debruge
The story of a teen desperate for a father figure who finds encouragement from a wild-and-crazy water-park employee -- rather than from the...
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cute tern coming-of-age movie

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Nice Saturday afternoon movie...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Some Sexual Content, Language, Brief Drug Material and Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Refreshing coming-of-age tale a joy for teens and up.
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