Fat Kid Rules the World Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 5, 2012
The title character may be morbidly obese, but the jokes and story are thin in the coming-of-age dramedy "Fat Kid Rules the World."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 25, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
October 5, 2012
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.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 29, 2012
The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
September 29, 2012
People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 29, 2012
It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 6, 2012
Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.05/10
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 4, 2012
A relatively respectable slice of high school outsider storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 21, 2013
The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
Billy Campbell adds solid support as Troy's overprotective dad. Wanting so much to save his son from pain, this father becomes a jerk in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
October 6, 2012
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.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 5, 2012
Unpopular teen faces tough climb in edgy dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kent Turner
School Library Journal
October 6, 2012
Like Going's award-winning book, the film is frank and doesn't sugarcoat the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Bell
Film Threat
March 14, 2012
Jacob Wysocki delivers an impressive character transformation from an almost insufferable sad sack to a powerhouse capable, and confident, enough to indeed rule his own world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 12, 2012
Punctuated by cartoonish fantasy scenes and some adult moments that take it to darker territory, Fat Kid Rules the World is simple stuff that offers a few surprises and a satisfying, if predictable, finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 11, 2012
...a fine debut that benefits substantially from its honest, truthful sensibilities...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2012
K.L. Going's celebrated young-adult novel gets sensitive adaptation by actor-turned-director Matthew Lillard.
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