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The Way Way Back Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0
    68

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety 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 guy auditioning to be his stepdad -- can be explosively funny in parts, but overall feels pretty familiar, relying more on its cast than the material to win favor.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The film's not as good as its cast, but The Way, Way Back has its moments.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer, putting refreshingly little emphasis on Duncan's romantic needs and allowing family melodrama to erupt and simmer down without pat resolution.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    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 dampen its crowd-pleasing charm.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 of the summer and should be seen by audiences of all ages.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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 formulaic narrative developments but The Way Way Back remains fresh from start to finish.

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