A high-school poetry teacher (Robin Williams) is also a single father and dreams of becoming a successful writer, but a freak accident leads to both tragedy and opportunity.
" Once the movie shifts gears, it becomes a timid Donnie Darko-like surrealist fable. "
" Offering Robin Williams his richest role in memory while serving up a nice cold bowl of shock soup for the audience, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly smart and severely twisted dark comedy from comic Bobcat Goldthwait. "
" The movie essentially relies on the same joke being told over and over. But Goldthwait finds enough clever ways into that joke to make it seem fresh, and he makes you curious to see how far he's willing to push it. "
" Who could have guessed that a cat named Bobcat could write a screenplay or direct a film as refreshingly sensitive as this one? "
" Ultimately, Dad finds a somewhat unsatisfying and overblown way out of [its] intriguing ambivalence. But that's the only disappointing note in an otherwise smart and observant movie about reckless acts of adult survival. "
" At times, the film recalls some amalgam of Heathers' and Election,' but its talons don't draw the same blood. "
" Williams, with a brave smile that belies the toxic environment, emerges with a trophy as one of Hollywood's greatest survivors. "
" Bobcat Goldthwait makes a daring assault in World's Greatest Dad against our yearning to mythologize the dead. But he loses his nerve just before the earth is completely scorched. "
" There's more going on here than the age-old struggle between maturity and its surly teen antithesis. "
" Though hampered by an uneven tone and a disturbing conclusion, World's Greatest Dad is a bold, black comedy balanced by an unexpected sense of humanity. "
" World's Greatest Dad, Bobcat Goldthwait's latest garishly potty-mouthed and over-the-top black comedy, blows up every rule of taste, good cinema, and common sense, and somehow gets away with it. "
" Goldthwait's script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon. "
" For a comedy about autoerotic asphyxiation, epic deception, and shameless exploitation, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly sweet and tender affair. "
" The bravest, smartest comedy of the year. "
" As a filmmaker seeking to master the art of satire without cynicism, Bobcat Goldthwait might be one sick puppy -- but he's also the sweetest one we've got. "
" With his delicate mix of sick humor and compassion, Goldthwait is that rare comic writer who can legitimately be compared to Lenny Bruce. "
" For all of its cutting cynicism, Dad proves unexpectedly moving in its portrait of a middle-aged man leaving childish things behind. "
" Making Kyle godawful may seem edgy, even authentic. But it's pure setup. "
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