The Kings of Summer (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Kings of Summer (2013)



Critic 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.

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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 (Moises Arias) - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create - is something you can't run away from. (c) CBS Films

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Moises Arias
as Biaggio
Nick Offerman
as Frank Toy
Alison Brie
as Heather Toy
Megan Mullally
as Mrs. Keenan
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Captain Davis
Craig Cackowski
as Mr. Larson
Paul Floriano
as Italian Man
Brian Sacca
as No Sideburns
Peter Karinen
as No Sideburns' Friend
Tony Hale
as Bus Passenger
Hannibal Buress
as Bus Driver
Kumail Nanjiani
as Delivery Guy
Jeffrey Grover
as Detective
Eric Wasserman
as Second Detective
Angela Trimbur
as FacePaint
Michael Cipiti
as Biaggio's Dad
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Critic Reviews for The Kings of Summer

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (45)

The Kings of Summer can't quite decide between dysfunctional family drama, the aesthetics of floaty Americana, Goonies-brand adventurism and outbursts of rip-roaring comedy.

August 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The reasons for raves at the Sundance Film Festival? The film's charm, freshness, wit and skewiness of vision.

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Like a summer fling, forgotten as soon as you re-enter the real world.

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It lollops along to its own lazy drumbeat, perfectly evoking that too-brief time of life when you could pass the evenings drunk on stolen beer and all the spare time you could dream of.

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A sunny and reasonably funny coming-of-ager from Sundance-ratified debutant Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

August 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

August 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kings of Summer


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 show that he can direct, and it is worth seeing especially because of Nick Offerman and Moises Arias, both hilarious.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Decent movie. I expected to like it more, though.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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 brilliant humor, adventure, a great soundtrack and originality. A triumph for Director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It's absolutely wonderful and ambitious film. One of the years most tasteful, inventive and excellent surprises. A charming, unique, hilarious and heartwarming movie. An awesome and relate-able experience. The cast is so funny and has such great chemistry together. The performances from its young and gifted cast are all perfect. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias are sensational. Arias gives a show stealing performance, he is so outrageous you have to see him work to believe what he can do.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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