Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Kings of Summer Reviews

4.0

61

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesNell Minow

    Wise, touching, and often wildly funny,

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyJohn 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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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York TimesStephen 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

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterDavid Rooney

    Even if the movie ultimately proves less adventurous than its main characters, it has a charm that keeps resurfacing every time you think it’s wandering too far into cutesville.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames 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

    out of 100

    Village VoiceInkoo Kang

    The Kings of Summer plays like an extended sitcom episode, and not a very special one at that.

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