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How to Eat Fried Worms Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A gross-out movie with a sweet story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
[The actors are] all believably mischievous--and, when the need arises, they're also convincingly courageous in taking a moral stand.
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Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2007
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
Christopher Null
December 2, 2006
not particularly original or effective
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
September 16, 2006
...Isn't about or for anyone past puberty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
September 2, 2006
Of course, the adults don't matter much compared with the middle-school version of the Crips, and the young cast is enjoyable indeed.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 1, 2006
"How to Eat Fried Worms" is a tasty little treat for grade-school kids.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 31, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Cornelius
August 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 30, 2006
One of the most amateurish essays in excruciating tedium I've encountered in a year that's hardly lacked for tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 28, 2006
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 28, 2006
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.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 26, 2006
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.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 25, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
August 25, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 25, 2006
Worms has its share of kid-friendly gross-outs but is actually a sweet-natured look at standing up to bullies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 25, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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