Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)



Critic Consensus: Unlike its bestselling source material, Diary of a Wimpy Kid fails to place a likable protagonist at the center of its middle-school humor -- and its underlying message is drowned out as a result.

Movie Info

Meet the kid who made "wimpy" cool in a family comedy based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 24 million copies. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life: middle school.

Rating: PG (for some rude humor and language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2010
Box Office: $64.0M
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as Greg Heffley

as Rowley Jefferson

as Susan Heffley

as Frank Heffley

as Manny Heffley

as Manny Heffley

as Rodrick Heffley

as Chirag Gupta

as Patty Farrell

as Collin

as Coach Malone

as Mrs. Norton

as Mr. Winsky

as Mr. Winsky

as Pete Hosey

as Angie Steadman

as Marley

as Bryce Anderson

as Quentin

as Quentin's Sidekick

as Darren Walsh

as Dieter Muller

as Mrs. Flint

as Mrs. Irvine

as Vice Principal Roy

as Rowley's Mom

as Archie Kelly

as Arthur

as Cheese Girl

as Cheese Boy

as Coach Brewer

as Elderly Woman

as Granddaughter

as Grown-Up Greg

as Grown-Up Quentin

as Lunch Girl #1

as Lunch Girl #2

as Kindergarten Boy

as Kindergarten Girl

as Kindergarten Greg

as Kindergarten Patty

as Marty Porter

as Mr. Jefferson

as Mr. Parnell

as Preston

as Preston

as Rodney James

as Unpopular '80s Boy

as Brock Branigan

as '80s Breakdancer

as '80s Jock Boy

as '80s Popular Girl

as Audition Kid

as Audition Kid

as Audition Kid

as Audition Kid

as Aduition Kid

as Audition Kid

as Löded Diper

as Löded Diper

as Löded Diper

as Male Reporter

as Female Reporter

as Mr. Jefferson
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (29)

An imaginative family film featuring a tremendously mischievous and likable lead character.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Big Hollywood

...a bottom-of-the-barrel children's movie...

Full Review… | August 4, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

If you're a parent who's been forced to sit through a barren desert of painfully unfunny family comedies, Diary will feel like an oasis.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012

Zachary Gordon, as the wimpy kid of the title, seems to be aiming for a Ferris Buehler-esque omniscience and superiority and, while he doesn't quite pull it off all the way, I was down for his struggle.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

A very forgettable and easily missed comedy...

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
Cinema Crazed

The characters (through no fault of the young performers) have all the personality of hand puppets.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid


I didnt get this movie. My daughter loved it. I just well It just annoyed the hell out of me.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This movie is so bright, amusing and sweet that it feels like only half an hour. It made me laugh real hard and I was surprised to see that it doesn't give in to easy stereotypes nor to cheap moral lessons, remaining mostly human, honest and pretty funny.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

Adapted from the bestselling books, 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' hits all the right notes in something which utterly is for all of the family.

Starring the excellent Zachary Gordon in his first major role as the central protagonist Greg Heffley, 'Wimpy Kid' tells the story of a wimpy dork, who through the use of his diary, which he repeatedly tells people is a journal, tells us of his first days in middle school in the US.

Its witty and clever direction is impressive, especially when the crew are working with one of the three golden don'ts of cinema, children. All of the children act well, especially supporting best friend Robert Capron and older brother Devon Bostick. As well as wonderful, although short, performances from Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn, Thor Freudenthal brings together a nice set of characters.

The script and story itself is just a collection of stories in his first year at the school, but they are linked together nicely through the story of his friendship with embarrassing but lovely best friend Rowley.

For kids the film has plenty of gags, which parents will enjoy too. But the very nature of the film, and the fact that Greg Heffley is a child who believes he knows everything will appeal to parents and older kids, such a myself, as well. It's a mickey take, and the protagonist doesn't have to be liked or loved. Instead, as we walk with the character through his first year, we learn to love him.

The theme of the whole story isn't produced in a grand spectacle, but isn't done terribly either. It's nothing special on that front, but the cross-audience appeal and wide selection of funny moments, topped off with the book's style animation makes 'Wimpy Kid' an appealing, but unlikely treat.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

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