Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    75
    Happily, after a cartoon opening-credits sequence that overdoes it on the barf, Worms goes light (but not too light) on the gore and the goo.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    75
    While changes have been made to the book in the interest of compressing the story and emphasizing certain life lessons, the 33-year-old premise is still perfectly in sync with the sensibilities of preteen boys everywhere.
  4. 70
    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.
  5. The movie gathers steam as these little terrors up the ante with each new gross-out recipe. Former child star Hallie Kate Eisenberg, blooming into a beautifully poised young woman, grounds the film as Benward's loyal supporter.
  6. 67
    There's no great art to Fried Worms' simple, family-friendly style and obvious clichés, but there's a refreshing lack of x-treme attitude, slapstick violence, and all the other things that make most kids' movies feel like they were generated by a marketing committee.
  7. Reviewed by: Manny Lewis
    67
    The film is genuinely good-natured and kids -- particularly the ones who actually do this sort of stuff to worms -- will enjoy it and may even take the movie's loose morals to heart.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The worms, the real stars of the film, are fairly impressive, looming large, plump and slimy as they are boiled, fried, served with sauce and added to omelettes and smoothies.
  9. 63
    True to form, How to Eat Fried Worms forgoes flatulence jokes for positive examples.
  10. 63
    How to Eat Fried Worms belongs to a vanishing breed - live action family films.
  11. Boys will be happy at the mild grossness; parents will tolerate anything that entertains their hyperkinetic boys; and sisters will agree with the film's lone girl.
  12. Nicely directed, the film version proves refreshingly free of the customary blights that affect most modern children's movies, notably adult condescension. But, man, is it mean.
  13. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    It's the worm set pieces that rule, as our hero must carry out a dare to eat ten worms ten ways between sunup and sundown.
  14. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    50
    A decidedly old-fashioned family film that may prove too quaint for modern audiences.
  15. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    50
    The sweetness of spirit and rapidly moving story will keep parents entertained while blessing the kids with a mildly raunchy good time.
  16. This is a picture in which the barf scenes standard in the usual crude youth comedies aren't gratuitous. They're logical climaxes.
  17. Good message, mediocre movie.
  18. 50
    The star is Luke Benward, a dead ringer for the young Kurt Russell.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The movie has a pleasing skinned-knee innocence that makes you wish everything else about it wasn't so shoddy.
  21. How to Eat Fried Worms arrives just in time to placate preteen boys who resent being unable to see the frankly more adult though equally immature "Snakes on a Plane."
  22. 50
    The direction is lackluster, the child actors – with the exception of Eisenberg – are pretty dismal, and the whole thing is about 15 minutes too long.
  23. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    40
    After the first bit of fish bait is consumed, actually even before, this one-trick movie is a tough slog.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Mar 16, 2014
    4
    When I watch films like this, I am looking for three things. I hope to find some young talent, before anyone else knows who they are, a uniqueWhen I watch films like this, I am looking for three things. I hope to find some young talent, before anyone else knows who they are, a unique story, and a funny scene or two. Unfortunately, the story here is quite disgusting and there weren't any stand out performances, but there was a really funny scene, where the nerdy kid gets caught playing dance dance revolution. The story begins when a new kid named Billy (Luke Benward) moves to town. The other kids immediately try to intimidate him, by replacing his lunch with a bag of worms. To their surprise, in defiance, Billy eats the worms and gains their respect. One thing leads to another and eventually a very disgusting competition is born. The film is based on a very popular children's book and that's really who this film was intended for. Occasionally, you get some surprises out of a film like this, but as I said earlier, there really wasn't any stand out talent here. I didn't find any young actors/actresses that I could start following from the beginning of their career, but the kids weren't bad either. They seemed to have a lot of fun with the strange story and ultimately I think kids will probably really enjoy it. As for us adults, there really isn't anything here for us to watch and I may never eat gummy worms ever again. Full Review »
  2. TaylorD.
    Jul 6, 2007
    10
    This movie is AMAZING! To all you people that gave this movie a 0 or anything less than a 9, I hope you realize that this movie has a great This movie is AMAZING! To all you people that gave this movie a 0 or anything less than a 9, I hope you realize that this movie has a great moral to it. It is a movie that all ages can enjoy. Full Review »
  3. SteveJ.
    May 9, 2007
    3
    I can't really see what the people who made this movie thought the audiences would like about it. The plotline is reasonably bland; the I can't really see what the people who made this movie thought the audiences would like about it. The plotline is reasonably bland; the worms are disgusting; the acting is horrible; the characters are generic; many sequences are overexaggerated or just plain unrealistic; none of what is intended to be funny is; and the script is classic for Hollywood: a bland, generic bad guy, a by-the-book protagonist, a girl who is practically perfect that the main character likes, conflict just for the sake of conflict, and an ending that is happy but dosen't really make sense. You might like this movie... if you're 6 years old. Full Review »