How to Eat Fried Worms
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...Isn't about or for anyone past puberty."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Worms has its share of kid-friendly gross-outs but is actually a sweet-natured look at standing up to bullies."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A gross-out movie with a sweet story."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"not particularly original or effective"
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Take the kids to see How to Eat Fried Worms, but hold off on forking over the usual princely sum at the concession stand."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"[The actors are] all believably mischievous--and, when the need arises, they're also convincingly courageous in taking a moral stand."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
""How to Eat Fried Worms" is a tasty little treat for grade-school kids."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"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."
‑ David Cornelius,
"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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?"
‑ Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today
"One of the most amateurish essays in excruciating tedium I've encountered in a year that's hardly lacked for tedium."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
More reviews for How to Eat Fried Worms on Rotten Tomatoes

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