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Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

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75

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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60

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Troy Billings is seventeen, overweight, and suicidal. Just as he's about to jump in front of a bus, he's saved by Marcus, a charming high school dropout/street musician. The two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged Troy to become the drummer in a newpunk rock band. As Troy's relationship with Marcus grows, Troy's father becomes increasingly concerned about his son's new friendship. -- (C) Official Site

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Jan 21, 2013

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (4)

The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Lillard - an actor best-known for his role in "The Descendants" - uses the locations well enough, but the result is still a standard coming-of-age picture.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The movie is achingly slow, and by the time it's over, the story is about where it should have been after about 45 minutes.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Endearingly uneven.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film succeeds thanks to Lillard's clear affection for the material and on the strength of its performances, especially Billy Campbell as Troy's conflicted father.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions.

July 21, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

A sweet-natured and loose-limbed coming-of-age tale that delivers by way of its smart, sympathetic performances and an accumulation of telling details.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

It's got its flaws, starting with the fact that the ground it covers is exceedingly well-trodden, but it's amiable and it's honest, and that counts for something.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

[Billy] Campbell's performance is one of the finest of the year, and probably won't be duly recognized

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Nerdist

Like Going's award-winning book, the film is frank and doesn't sugarcoat the source material.

October 6, 2012 Full Review Source: School Library Journal
School Library Journal

Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard.

October 6, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Though Fat Kid Rules The World does lay too many of its cards on the table with its giveaway title, the pleasures to be garnered from this Matthew Lillard directed indie debut are more about the journey there, rather than the Hollywood-ish destination.

October 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

Unpopular teen faces tough climb in edgy dramedy.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...a fine debut that benefits substantially from its honest, truthful sensibilities...

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World

One of the more oddball dramedies I have seen in some time. The cast and the story in FAT KID RULES THE WORLD are pretty amazing! Matthew Lillard has carved out a nice career for himself and if this movie is any indication of his talents behind the camera. We may be seeing some good stuff from him in the coming years. Jacob Wysocki is a very talented actor and I hope to see more of him, he made this movie!
June 15, 2013
Jason Reneau

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    1. Troy Billings: Don't mess with the fat kid!
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