“Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of “Fat Kid Rules the World,” actor Matthew Lillard’s debut effort as a feature director.” – Joe Leydon, Variety
“Matthew Lillard’s FAT KID RULES THE WORLD floored me. A punk rock coming of age story that knocked me on my ass.” - Alan Cerny, Ain’t It Cool News
“Fat Kid Rules the World is a powerful filmmaking debut for Matthew Lillard… There’s passion here, there’s craft and it all comes to together. This is a quality film by a strong independent filmmaking voice.” – Mark Bell, Film Threat
“FAT KID RULES THE WORLD: Wow, I really liked this. Funny, sweet, surprising teen punk rock drug abuse obesity story.” – Eric D. Snider
“Billy Campbell’s father character in FAT KID RULES THE WORLD may be my favorite character in a movie at SXSW.” – Jacob Hall, Movies.com
“Bursting with hope and heart… I’m thrilled to see Fat Kid score an Audience Award.” – Sean O’Connell, Cinemablend
“Fat Kid Rules the World is a sometimes gritty, often funny, and emotional film that will make you feel good about the human condition.” – Roger Logenbach, Flickdirect.
“Emerging straight from [Matthew Lillard’s] heart, Fat Kid Rules the World proves to be a warm and sincere directorial debut with a winning punk rock attitude. An insightful, heartfelt story that doesn’t avoid the harsh realities of human experience.” – David Roark, Paste Magazine.
“Irresistibly funny and honest… This heartfelt, hard-rockin’ comedy was the hidden gem of the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival.” – Eric Snider, Film. Com.
“FAT KID RULES THE WORLD has really stuck with me, and Lillard, with his feature film directing debut, navigates the uncomfortable waters of adolescence with sensitivity and humor.” - Nordling, AintitCoolnews.com