Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 12, 2013
Apparently seventh grade doesn't pack as much potential for amusing, scarred-for-life trauma as sixth grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Gholson
Cinematical
February 9, 2012
The pre-teen cast seems rudderless, without an interested hand guiding them into worthwhile comedic performances.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
June 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 31, 2011
A colourful, good-hearted romp with some memorable set-pieces and decent lines, crisply directed by David Bowers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
May 28, 2011
It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 27, 2011
Essentially a feature-length sitcom episode, but it's often laugh-out-loud funny, and it respects its young audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 27, 2011
A U-certificate adventure that all of the family can enjoy together, with some cute little bits of animation thrown in for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 27, 2011
For a family entertainment this isn't at all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
May 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 27, 2011
There are momentary shafts of something like wit within this slightly bland mix...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 27, 2011
I am giving this film four out of five stars because they made some changes to the storyline, but it is still awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
May 27, 2011
More entertaining than its lacklustre predecessor but has the feel of a straight-to-DVD film.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 27, 2011
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.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 26, 2011
Not every sequel is a cynical rip-off of innocent moviegoers, and here's the welcome proof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
May 26, 2011
Funnier and faster than its charming predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
May 26, 2011
If you think that people falling over is hilarious - and let's face it, most kids do - then you'll love this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
May 26, 2011
A release aimed at the half-term crowd, but accompanying adults will find plenty to enjoy, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 26, 2011
Feels more heartfelt, funnier, and a little less gross than the first film last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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