Fat Kid Rules the World - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fat Kid Rules the World Reviews

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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.
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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
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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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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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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
Endearingly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 4, 2012
A relatively respectable slice of high school outsider storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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
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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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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 3, 2012
Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World, actor Matthew Lillard's debut effort as a feature director.