World's Greatest Dad
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A high school poetry teacher and single father discovers that the thing he covets most in life may not be what makes him truly happy in this pitch-black comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, and starring Robin Williams. Lance Clayton (Williams) is a mild-mannered high school teacher from Seattle who was granted sole custody of his son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), following a nasty divorce. As hard as Lance tries to connect with his hostile, loathsome son, all he receives for his sincere efforts are insults and scorn. The only things Kyle seems to care about are violent video games and internet porn,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The bravest, smartest comedy of the year."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Making Kyle godawful may seem edgy, even authentic. But it's pure setup."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"... This voyage through the moral maze is more entertaining and whisper it quietly, more profound, than most."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"A comedy of quite astonishing blackness."
‑ , Daily Express
"We can't wait to see what Goldthwait does next."
‑ Ellen E Jones, Little White Lies
"Goldthwait's script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"With his delicate mix of sick humor and compassion, Goldthwait is that rare comic writer who can legitimately be compared to Lenny Bruce."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Goldthwait has given it a title that will make some shy away. But don't. It's a comedy about the particularly American capacity to create legends out of the dead, and it's sharper than most."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait can't quite manage to bring things to a satisfying conclusion, but he's good enough at weaving the freakishly perverse into the everyday without the results seeming too forced."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It's good to see Williams trying something darker than usual, but it's a pity the whimsy is laid on so thick."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Offering Robin Williams his richest role in memory while serving up a nice cold bowl of shock soup for the audience, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly smart and severely twisted dark comedy from comic Bobcat Goldthwait."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There's more going on here than the age-old struggle between maturity and its surly teen antithesis."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Beware that poster, with its jolly red writing and Mork from Ork's face thereon. This is not the Robin Williams of Old Dogs and License To Wed."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Goldthwait's pacing is uncertain, and his humour is frequently "off", but the sense of risky provocation is compelling."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Sadly, the ending seems unsatisfying but the journey there is a funny one."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
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