The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama.
It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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."
| Original Score: 1/4
A relatively respectable slice of high school outsider storytelling.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
K.L. Going's celebrated young-adult novel gets sensitive adaptation by actor-turned-director Matthew Lillard.
Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World, actor Matthew Lillard's debut effort as a feature director.