Fat Kid Rules the World - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fat Kid Rules the World Reviews

Page 1 of 2
July 21, 2013
The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
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
November 1, 2012
A sweet-natured and loose-limbed coming-of-age tale that delivers by way of its smart, sympathetic performances and an accumulation of telling details.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 14, 2012
[Billy] Campbell's performance is one of the finest of the year, and probably won't be duly recognized
October 11, 2012
Endearingly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 6, 2012
Like Going's award-winning book, the film is frank and doesn't sugarcoat the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2012
Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.05/10
October 6, 2012
Though Fat Kid Rules The World does lay too many of its cards on the table with its giveaway title, the pleasures to be garnered from this Matthew Lillard directed indie debut are more about the journey there, rather than the Hollywood-ish destination.
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.
October 5, 2012
Unpopular teen faces tough climb in edgy dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2012
A relatively respectable slice of high school outsider storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 29, 2012
People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
May 11, 2012
...a fine debut that benefits substantially from its honest, truthful sensibilities...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2012
K.L. Going's celebrated young-adult novel gets sensitive adaptation by actor-turned-director Matthew Lillard.
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.
March 14, 2012
Jacob Wysocki delivers an impressive character transformation from an almost insufferable sad sack to a powerhouse capable, and confident, enough to indeed rule his own world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Page 1 of 2