Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
October 30, 2012
An imaginative family film featuring a tremendously mischievous and likable lead character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Gholson
Cinematical
February 10, 2012
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.
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 23, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 23, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
September 22, 2010
Perceptive, funny, unusually edgy voyage into the comic travails of schoolyard politics and childhood friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 17, 2010
All right all you 8 - 12 year olds, get in line for some fun at Greg Heffley's expense.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 17, 2010
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2010
Though the film sags a little in places, it imparts its be-true-to-yourself life lessons with sweetness and charm...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
August 27, 2010
This movie relishes in the awkwardness of starting life in the bottom year of a new school.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 27, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Ivan
Film4
August 26, 2010
It ain't big, it ain't clever, but it is... quite funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
August 26, 2010
Fun, funny and affectionate, though it packs the emotional wallop of an undernourished high school nerd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 26, 2010
A well-acted, family-friendly comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 26, 2010
While it appears all-too-obvious, there's an awful lot going on with fully filled out characters abrasively rubbing along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 22, 2010
The cartoon line drawings of Jeff Kinney's popular book series are fleshed out with lively results...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 15, 2010
For anyone who has struggled to fit in, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is full of nostalgic and painful reminders of the horrors of middle school, from gym class to school plays. It's full of genuine laughs, one of the rare films that can by enjoyed by kids and adu
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 10, 2010
A clever movie with a smart message, 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' far surpasses its dopey-looking ad campaign.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
The young cast is all game, and sidekicks Robert Capron and Grayson Russell are a real hoot. Slumber party viewings are inevitable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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