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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 49

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.

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 14

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.

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Movie Info

Hapless preteen Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) endures bullies, swirlies, morons, and wedgies while navigating the treacherous world of middle school and recording his traumas in his personal journal in this family-oriented comedy inspired by author Jeff Kinney's best-selling series of illustrated novels. Try as he might, Greg just can't understand who thought it was a good idea to place kids who haven't even hit their first growth spurt in the same school as kids who get a five-o'clock shadow by

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Comedy, Kids & Family

Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo

Aug 3, 2010

$64.0M

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (49) | DVD (8)

The young cast is all game, and sidekicks Robert Capron and Grayson Russell are a real hoot. Slumber party viewings are inevitable.

April 6, 2010
New York Daily News
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Largely avoids the gimmicky saccharine aftertaste that's typical of the genre. Anyone older than the story's resident Job, however, may not find much to write home about.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Too soon though -- maybe 30 minutes in -- audience laughs turn to chuckles, fading to worn smiles.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Looks drab and drained of color, and can't even muster the antic buoyancy of an average episode of iCarly.

March 19, 2010 | Comments (4)
New York Times
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The problem with Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the wimpy kid is a jerk.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (8)
Detroit News
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What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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An imaginative family film featuring a tremendously mischievous and likable lead character.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

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

August 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

A very forgettable and easily missed comedy...

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Conveys, in a good-humoured, sharply observed way, the small, painful cruelties and unpredictable rules of early adolescence, and it celebrates awkwardness without feeling the need to convert it into cheap triumph.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The film retains much of the original humour, some of it well executed. It's reasonably faithful to the spirit of the books, probably because Kinney is the executive producer, but it's by no means equal to his originals.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Perceptive, funny, unusually edgy voyage into the comic travails of schoolyard politics and childhood friendship.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Performances from the young cast are arguably a little too slick and knowing for the naive characters they are playing, but that is often par for the course in American films these days.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

In an early self-referential monologue, Greg says, "Who wants to see a movie about a kid who's stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?" Who indeed?

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

All right all you 8 - 12 year olds, get in line for some fun at Greg Heffley's expense.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

While the blackness of many situations resonates and despite some amusing moments, the film's tone is so ardent and realistic, it often works against it. Nonetheless, this coming of age film for the under 12 set has merit and charm

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[A] sappy and superficial adaptation...

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The film's wry wit and understanding of childhood anxieties will remind older viewers of the television series The Wonder Years which is no small compliment.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Though the film sags a little in places, it imparts its be-true-to-yourself life lessons with sweetness and charm...

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

As my son says, 'The books were a lot better.'

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

One for the kids, if they're really misbehaving.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

This movie relishes in the awkwardness of starting life in the bottom year of a new school.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Bright, pacy and often funny (despite an over-reliance on poop jokes), Diary Of A Wimpy Kid never patronises children and should be a hit with pre-teen boys.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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.
August 11, 2012
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

Please, no booger jokes, that's just disgusting and not funny. But seriously, this movie is pretty bad. Some books just don't translate well to screen. If you are looking for bad acting, unfunny jokes, and a boring plot, check this movie out.
July 30, 2012
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Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

This movie is a complete throwback for me. It reminds me of movies like "The Sandlot"(without the baseball), in that it shows the world perfectly through the eyes of a kid. Here Grey Heffley(Zachary Gordon) starts middle school, and he wants to be the most popular kid in the school. Well, he's little, has a dorky best friend Rawley(Robert Capron), and an evil older brother Rodrick(Devin Bostick). This is 100% for the entire family, as kids are going to laugh at the gags, and parents will laugh because it's a great trip down memory lane. All the performances are perfect, especially Rawley. The whole Zoo-i-mama bit is fantastic. The parents are awesome also as Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris do a wonderful job at the whole "dorky parents" routine. This is a movie I know my son is going to grow up loving, and will eventually pass on to his kids. If you haven't watched it, you should definitely go pick this up, you won't regret it at all.
July 28, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Greg Heffley: Let me get something straight. This is a journal, not a diary. When mom went to buy this thing, I clearly told her not to buy anything with the word diary on it.
    – Submitted by Mike R (15 months ago)
    1. Patty Farrell: Sing! Sing! SING!
    – Submitted by Mike R (16 months ago)
    1. Rowley Jefferson: Zoo-Wee-Mama!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (19 months ago)
    1. Rowley Jefferson: My mom said to just be myself, and everyone would like me.
    2. Greg Heffley: That would be good advice if you were somebody else.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (19 months ago)
    1. Rodrick Heffley: Hey little brother, was your first day as crappy as I said it would be?
    – Submitted by Roberto T (20 months ago)
    1. Kindergarten Greg: Patty, Patty is fatty. Has a face just like a ratty.
    2. Kindergarten Patty: [sobs while everybody laughs]
    – Submitted by Miles F (20 months ago)
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