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How to Eat Fried Worms Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 16, 2006
...Isn't about or for anyone past puberty.
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.
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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
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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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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 25, 2006
Fried Worms is a Hoot with more laughs, funny enough, so long as you don't consider the worm's point of view.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 25, 2006
Unhealthy eating is paired with a wholesome message, as the story encourages youngsters to be themselves, keep their word and accept kids who are different.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 25, 2006
A blandly inoffensive 'After School Special'-type comedy based on a perennially popular children's book.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 25, 2006
I hope life doesn't imitate art in the other fun movie opening this week, an adaptation of Thomas Rockwell's gross-out 1972 kids' classic How to Eat Fried Worms.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 25, 2006
Here's hoping its old-fashioned sensibility appeals to contemporary kids, because we could certainly use more movies as smart and sweet as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 25, 2006
When it comes time for the movie to impart its lessons, it does so in such a way that kids won't feel like they're being forced to eat their broccoli -- or live worms -- for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 25, 2006
What we have here is a 90-minute worm-eating contest, a spectacle that could be of interest only to robins, small-mouth bass and eight-to-11-year-old boys. Girls, don't bother. Parents and guardians, if you have to go, plan to take a nap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 25, 2006
Somewhere in How to Eat Fried Worms is a message about keeping your word and the pitfalls of peer pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2006
Issues like family harmony, justice, righting wrongs and telling the truth never go out of fashion and that comes across strong and clear in this less-than-perfect, but still solid, feel-good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2006
An appealing juvenile cast distinguishes this otherwise uneven live-action adaptation of Thomas Rockwell's 1973 young adult book.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 25, 2006
By now we're all sick of snakes on a plane, so how about some worms on a plate?
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 25, 2006
Anarchic but charmingly authentic.
| Original Score: B
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 24, 2006
It's nice to spend time in a mostly sunny world where everyone ends up happy. Except, that is, for the worms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 24, 2006
The film version of Thomas Rockwell's 1973 book proves refreshingly free of the customary blights that affect most modern childrens movies, notably adult condescension.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 24, 2006
Kids won't get hit over the head with the messages, but they're not buried so deeply as to be indecipherable.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 24, 2006
In too many kid-oriented films, the child actors mouth off like small, sassy adults -- Here, the kids, refreshingly, act like kids.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 24, 2006
It never manages, under the guidance of director Bob Dolman, to feel as if it's penetrated actual boys' lives.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 24, 2006
Worms is one of those rare kiddie flicks that successfully adopt a child's-eye view of the world, where nothing is more important than saving face on the playground and where parents are as distant and clueless as storybook giants.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 23, 2006
Fried Worms' appeal is right there in its title, only the second-best title of the month (after Snakes on a Plane) but still maybe the second-best title of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 22, 2006
How to Eat Fried Worms is a lot tastier than its title implies.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2006
Think of it more as a milder, more palatable version of Fear Factor.
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August 21, 2006
This is a decidedly old-fashioned family film that may prove too quaint for modern auds.