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

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 50

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

41

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 16

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

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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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

PG,

Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, Jeff Kinney

Jun 21, 2011

$52.7M

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

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series might more aptly be titled Diary of a Wimpy Family.. The film sequel is more engaging than the original was because it spends more time at home.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The physical comedy will have the typical 10-year-old and some grown-ups cackling with glee.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (4)
Richard Roeper.com
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As portrayed by Zachary Gordon, Greg lacks ... charm and spontaneity ... No real sparks of mischievousness or bone-deep embarrassment or endearing flush of affection light this kid up.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
MSN Movies
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The problem doesn't really lie in the acting but in the writing. There's too much effort expended on making the kids cute and cuddly, instead of plausible.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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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.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

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.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A colourful, good-hearted romp with some memorable set-pieces and decent lines, crisply directed by David Bowers.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America.

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Essentially a feature-length sitcom episode, but it's often laugh-out-loud funny, and it respects its young audience.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A U-certificate adventure that all of the family can enjoy together, with some cute little bits of animation thrown in for good measure.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

For a family entertainment this isn't at all bad.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It is a bit of a stretch at an hour and forty, but nonetheless this is great fun and a strong opener for the summer's family movie season.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

There are momentary shafts of something like wit within this slightly bland mix...

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

I am giving this film four out of five stars because they made some changes to the storyline, but it is still awesome.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

More entertaining than its lacklustre predecessor but has the feel of a straight-to-DVD film.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Greg's screen adventures are too sketchy (hampered by their diary-format origins) and the acting too patchy (hands-up Steve Zahn's cartoony dad) for the film to be any more than a passable half-term diversion.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Not every sequel is a cynical rip-off of innocent moviegoers, and here's the welcome proof.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Funnier and faster than its charming predecessor.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

If you think that people falling over is hilarious - and let's face it, most kids do - then you'll love this film.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

A release aimed at the half-term crowd, but accompanying adults will find plenty to enjoy, too.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Feels more heartfelt, funnier, and a little less gross than the first film last year.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Real.com

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

I caught the first one by chance, otherwise I probably wouldn't have watched it. I certainly wouldn't have watched the sequel unless I enjoyed it so here we are. Since viewing and reviewing the first film I have discovered the comics that they are based on which might have lowered my appreciation of the film somewhat. The comic is simple and funny and pretty deadpan. I don't get that level of deadpan in the movie at all, in fact it is almost a sickly-sweat opposite. It's still likable but this sequel less so. The magic of the first seems to have extinguished somewhat after the success of the first, maybe they made it too soon or maybe new director David Bowers just didn't understand it as much as Thor Freudenthal did. Maybe it's because I didn't watch it on a Airplane on my way to somewhere sunny, it is entirely possible.

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April 29, 2014
SirPant

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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.
December 27, 2013
blacksheepboy

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.
August 12, 2012
Adam Kelly

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    1. Rodrick Heffley: Don't be good at something you don't want to do.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
    1. Rowley Jefferson: Wow, she's prettier than my mom.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
    1. Rowley Jefferson: A note, do you want me to spell check it.
    2. Greg Heffley: Just pass it to Holly.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
    1. Greg Heffley: [scared from movie]
    2. Rowley Jefferson: [scared from movie]
    3. Rowley Jefferson: I wish we watched Andy's Magic Cushion.
    – Submitted by Carter A (23 months ago)
    1. Greg Heffley: [to Rodrick] what are you doing here?
    2. Rodrick Heffley: Mom said she'd pay me Mom Bucks to give you a ride home.
    – Submitted by Miles F (24 months ago)
    1. Frank Heffley: USE CLEAN RAGS!
    – Submitted by Salvador G (2 years ago)
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