• PG, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Comedy, Kids & Family
  • Directed By:    Bob Dolman
  • In Theaters:    Aug 25, 2006 Wide
  • On DVD:    Dec 5, 2006
  • New Line Cinema

How to Eat Fried Worms Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
September 16, 2006

...Isn't about or for anyone past puberty.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 24, 2006

No worms were harmed in the making of "How to Eat Fried Worms," but one classic book was.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
August 21, 2006

Think of it more as a milder, more palatable version of Fear Factor.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
August 28, 2006

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.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
August 24, 2006

It never manages, under the guidance of director Bob Dolman, to feel as if it's penetrated actual boys' lives.

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 24, 2006

Dolman oversees this belabored big screen adaptation with the creative wiggle of a comatose earthworm...today's precocious pipsqueaks may find Worms a sappy act to swallow

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 2, 2006

not particularly original or effective

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
August 24, 2006

If your stomach doesn't churn a bit after hearing the title of the children's movie How to Eat Fried Worms, the picture itself may finish the job.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
August 25, 2006

If it grows more genial as it pokes along, it still feels like a lesser Nickelodeon special, with adults who are shrill cartoons and kids who are one-note character tics.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
August 25, 2006

A blandly inoffensive 'After School Special'-type comedy based on a perennially popular children's book.

| Original Score: 2/4
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
August 31, 2006

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Kobak
Kansas City Star
August 24, 2006

Children will be elated with the gross-out humor and the secret-world-of-kids theme. Adults will squirm in their seats with boredom; the movie is overly long and predictable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
August 24, 2006

Though Fried Worms is not a kids' movie that adults should run out and see, it is a kids' movie that adults should run out and take their kids to.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 25, 2006

An appealing juvenile cast distinguishes this otherwise uneven live-action adaptation of Thomas Rockwell's 1973 young adult book.

Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
August 29, 2006

...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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
August 22, 2006

a serviceable drama for the pre-teen set, but it doesn't have the acting or the cinematic polish to set it apart as something special.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
August 24, 2006

This unpromising set-up actually leads into an entertaining look into male posturing, overcoming new-kid syndrome, and a lesson on standing up for yourself and keeping your word.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
August 25, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
August 25, 2006

How to Eat Fried Worms is an innocuous, coming-of-age, 'gross-out' comedy that quickly fades from memory, almost before the final credits roll.

| Original Score: 2/4

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August 26, 2006


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