Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)



Critic Consensus: Moderately witty and acceptably acted, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 isn't much worse than the first installment.

Movie Info

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. -- (C) Fox

Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor and mischief)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Kinney, Jeff Judah, Gabe Sachs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2011
Box Office: $52.7M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


as Greg Heffley

as Rodrick Heffley

as Susan Heffley

as Rowley Jefferson

as Frank Heffley

as Chirag Gupta

as Patty Farrell

as Holly Hillis

as Holly Hillis

as Holly's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (27)

Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Even though this new movie is under another director, it feels very much like the first film. The characters are great, being both relateable and extreme.

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
7M Pictures

Apparently seventh grade doesn't pack as much potential for amusing, scarred-for-life trauma as sixth grade.

Full Review… | January 12, 2013
Tribune News Service

The pre-teen cast seems rudderless, without an interested hand guiding them into worthwhile comedic performances.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

I'm not asking for Citizen Kane here, but just a wisp of expansion to the characters, an actual narrative that the film can walk down, or just some sort of ambition to the whole project would not have gone amiss.

Full Review… | June 15, 2011
Fan The Fire

Maintains the good-natured, playful and zany spirit that made that first movie one of the better non-fantasy-related kid films out there.

Full Review… | June 6, 2011

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules


So so so much better than the first one. I for some reason am one of the few who didnt get the first movie. But the second time around I really enjoyed the back and forth of the brothers, the bumbling parents and even rowley!

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A great sequel that is almost in the same level of the adorable first movie. It is also quite funny and entertaining, and although it did not make me laugh as hard as the previous one, I had a very good time watching it.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


It lacks some of the wittiness and style of the first feature, but 'Rodrick Rules' is a more adult affair, more sophisticated, more substance, and just as entertaining.

Focusing this time on the relationship between main kid Greg Heffley, played wonderfully like the first, by Zachary Gordon, and his older brother Rodrick, played exceptionally by Devon Bostick, the two brothers begin to bond despite their differences.

And straight out of the starting gate the film takes the path of a more adult, and a certainly more impressive motion picture. For adults and older kids. However, for younger children, the main focus of the audience, it dawdles and loses much of the slapstick and gag centred comedy of the first.

The cast however do not let down, with excellent performances from Zachary Gordon and especially Devon Bostick, who really shines throughout the ninety minutes. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris, as the parents again, make short but as usual great addition to the film.

The story is interesting enough, with many different parts and sketches throughout. But it still keeps a certain more linear style of sophistication with its choice of storytelling and narrative this time round.

But that sophistication does bear the risk of alienating its original half term style audience. It probably does, in certain sections, but overall, maintains a good balance between the more classier comedy and the slapstick and gags of the first, creating a fun, and definitely all round piece of family film.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

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