Of How to Eat Fried Worms, Michael Wilmington writes in the Chicago Tribune: "If your stomach doesn't churn a bit after hearing the title ... the picture itself may finish the job." Stephen Cole in the Toronto Globe and Mail suggests that the movie may be of special interest to youngsters who were barred from seeing Snakes on a Plane. "There is no getting around it, How to Eat Fried Worms is no more or less than its title promises. What we have here is a 90-minute worm-eating contest, a spectacle that could be of interest only to robins, small-mouth bass and eight-to-11-year-old boys. Girls, don't bother." And Lou Lumenick in the New York Post suggests that the film will probably find a receptive audience among preteens. "Gross-out title notwithstanding," he writes, "How to Eat Fried Worms is a blandly inoffensive 'After School Special'-type comedy based on a perennially popular children's book."