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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reviews

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Lisa Rosman
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2010
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is sweet and funny at either end, but in between, it sags with endless repetition of gross bodily functions and Greg's torment at the hands of larger, angrier, or more popular kids -- in that order.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 16, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The casting's pretty fair, and if they had better material, Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris would have been real assets. But the story lurches from indignity to ill-starred wrestling match to gross-out gag, without any momentum or surprise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 18, 2010
Terry Staunton
Radio Times

Swamped by the sledgehammer clichés (gym class humiliation, Halloween high jinks) found in any run-of-the-mill children's TV comedy.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 19, 2010
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

Between the episodic scenes that have no punch, and the lethargic direction in which children could grow a shoe size in the yawning gaps from one line to the next, the best word for this tedious project may very well be "Wimpy."

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 3/10

March 22, 2010
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies

A muted, hit-and-miss kid's film that offers just enough to keep children and parents invested, but not enough to fully engage anyone else.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 22, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A litany of humiliations befalls the protagonist, fitting given that this adaptation of Jeff Kinney's popular kids-lit series is itself a minor embarrassing misfire.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2010
Peter Galvin

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2010
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (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?

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 20, 2010
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Movies about teenagers do better after kids have moved on to high school and even then it's a crapshoot.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2/5

March 20, 2010
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (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.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 22, 2010
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

A weak script makes for a wimpy movie.

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 2.0/4.0

March 25, 2010
Leslie Gornstein
E! Online

Much of the book's cartoony charm gets lost in the conversion to live action, and we're left with a coming-of-age comedy that just feels aged.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

March 24, 2010
Brian Orndorf

The film encourages urine, fart, and booger humor, which reeks of nosepicker pandering, compounded by a message of personal worth that never comes through clearly enough.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

March 19, 2010
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Greg's not wimpy--he fears being a pussy. This apparently gives him licence to be a total dickhead. The film should be retitled Diary of a Sociopathic Kid . . . it offers a cynical, shrugging view of today's tweens.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

April 22, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very forgettable and easily missed comedy...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 3, 2010
Christopher Null

My seven-year-old daughter, who's been raging to see this movie since it was announced, has already called it "life-changing." How do you argue with that?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2010
Anthony Quinn

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

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

August 27, 2010
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 16, 2011
Willie Waffle

Not much will shock kids, especially those who have read the books, but I have to think there are better choices out there.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 19, 2010
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