• Released
  • October 5, 2012
  • (NY; 10/12 LA)
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Comedy
  • 7 Fan Ratings
88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Fat Kid Rules the World is a movie with a title that might be misleading: It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.
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70

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World.
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70

Village Voice

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.
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67

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
Special notice should be given to Billy Campbell, who takes a stock character and gives him a new spin.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A commendably restrained loser-turns-winner tale offering an unexpected second showcase for Terri star Jacob Wysocki, Matthew Lillard's Fat Kid Rules the World is less colorful than its grandeur-deluded title suggests.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie is achingly slow, and by the time it's over, the story is about where it should have been after about 45 minutes. Then it ends just as it gets good, or as it's starting to.
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40

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Lillard's film ends up being more unsatisfying than anything else. His "Fat Kid" might rule the world, but it doesn't quite rule the screen.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This is an odd little directorial debut from Matthew Lillard - the onetime Shaggy from "Scooby-Doo," now a solid character actor thanks to "The Descendants" and "Trouble with the Curve" - but it has its rewards.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Directed by journeyman actor Matthew Lillard, this tame and by-the-numbers effort never succeeds in making the outcast situation cinematic or interesting.
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54 out of 100
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