83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Williams hasn't been this sympathetic in years.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

After leading the audience into some very inky satire, Goldthwait backs off.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
For a comedy about autoerotic asphyxiation, epic deception, and shameless exploitation, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly sweet and tender affair.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The edginess here isn't merely facile. Goldthwait's movies, including the under-appreciated "Shakes the Clown," are about reclaiming dignity from the dung heap. And he's found a fitting collaborator.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Goldthwaite's script has the honesty of someone speaking with the voice of experience.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This premise is well-established because of a disturbingly good performance by Daryl Sabara as Kyle, the disgusting son.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It takes a while for the movie to build to its wicked possibilities and only a few scenes to squander them.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A few scenes in World's Greatest Dad may qualify it as the most uncomfortable and unsettling movie to sit through of any this year.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Dunderheaded delirium from writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait.
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50

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Sadly, once the movie shifts gears, it becomes a timid "Donnie Darko."
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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