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How to Eat Fried Worms Reviews

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

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

September 16, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Think of it more as a milder, more palatable version of Fear Factor.

August 21, 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
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It never manages, under the guidance of director Bob Dolman, to feel as if it's penetrated actual boys' lives.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 24, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

August 7, 2008
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2006
Christopher Null

not particularly original or effective

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 2, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A blandly inoffensive 'After School Special'-type comedy based on a perennially popular children's book.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 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
Steve Kobak
Kansas City Star

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 Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2006
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2006
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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An appealing juvenile cast distinguishes this otherwise uneven live-action adaptation of Thomas Rockwell's 1973 young adult book.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 25, 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
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

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

August 22, 2006
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

August 24, 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
Timothy Knight

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

August 25, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 26, 2006

Baltimore Sun
August 26, 2006

Los Angeles Daily News
December 30, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
March 9, 2007
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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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