For all its low-key charms, the coming-of-age story risks being too Christian for secular audiences and too secular and colorful for Christian audiences: Like its spiritual seeker of a protagonist, it's caught between worlds.
—Nathan Rabin Onion AV Club
...charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly.
—R. Kurt Oseland Slant Magazine
Steve Taylor's direction is unexciting but solid, relying on the beauty of Portland and his spirited young cast for most of the visual interest.
—Farran Smith Nehme New York Post
As for the title, it's a nod to the jazz music that Don's off-the-grid dad shares with his more buttoned-up son. But, like most everything else here, it feels more contrived than authentic.
—Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times
One only has so much patience, though, for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon.
—Benjamin Mercer Village Voice
...remains as tame in its presentation as its target audience would expect. Students drink beers on occasion, but no one is shown having sex, taking mind-altering substances or using language that would jeopardize a PG-13 rating. On the plus side, the film also abstains from any overt message-mongering.
—Justin Chang Variety
... a pleasant presence but blank.
—Rachel Saltz New York Times