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How to Eat Fried Worms Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

A gross-out movie with a sweet story.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

[The actors are] all believably mischievous--and, when the need arises, they're also convincingly courageous in taking a moral stand.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

With its universal themes about fitting in, How To Eat Fried Worms is an endearing family film guaranteed to provide a wriggling good time. While the premise has a certain gross-out factor which will delight eleven year old boys, the script is clever, and

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 1, 2007
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

not particularly original or effective

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 2, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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...Isn't about or for anyone past puberty.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2006
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

"How to Eat Fried Worms" is a tasty little treat for grade-school kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2006
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today

Throughout this fifth-grade Fear Factor, there are scattered lessons on the ills of bullying, the benefit of being true to yourself, the joy of true friendship. But really, what boy is going to remember a moral when there's an exploding worm?

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 31, 2006
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

This is a movie for kids in the 8-12 range who see it as something that reflects their own lives. You may not care about How to Eat Fried Worms, but your kids will.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 3/4

August 31, 2006
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

Yes, the movie can be outstandingly irritating. But it's also a lot of fun, with keen instincts on kids' love for the gross-out.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the most amateurish essays in excruciating tedium I've encountered in a year that's hardly lacked for tedium.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: .5/5

August 30, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

...The direction is lackluster, the child actors - with the exception of Eisenberg - are pretty dismal, and the whole thing is about 15 minutes too long.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 29, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The lessons about bullying and standing up for yourself aren't forced too strongly, giving How to Eat Fried Worms the same appeal as the best Little Rascals shorts.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 28, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's actually kind of disgusting and gross, and I'm sure that's the point, but I don't see the entertainment value in watching a kid eat one worm after another, after another, after another.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 28, 2006
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

bears all the hallmarks of a low-grade kiddie matinee, including... cardboard characters and several incidents in which people scream and run around for no apparent reason, except possibly to keep the audience from dozing off.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

August 28, 2006
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Some adults may not enjoy 'How To Eat Fried Worms.' But that doesn't matter: this one is strictly for the kids -- who will no doubt eat it up.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 26, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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This is a story that could have gone way too far in the direction of the touching tale illustrating how kids overcome their fear of being ridiculed -- but instead maintains a buoyant irreverence.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2006
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This cute lesson in standing up to bullies, based on the award-winning Thomas Rockwell book of the same name, is still tailor-made for its target demographic.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Worms has its share of kid-friendly gross-outs but is actually a sweet-natured look at standing up to bullies.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2006
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Take the kids to see How to Eat Fried Worms, but hold off on forking over the usual princely sum at the concession stand.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a pleasant and well-intentioned end of summer diversion that doesn't possess the imagination-stoking qualities of a premier children's movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
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