Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Reviews

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John Gholson
Cinematical
February 9, 2012
The pre-teen cast seems rudderless, without an interested hand guiding them into worthwhile comedic performances.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 27, 2011
if you've got cable you can already get all that Wimpy Kid has to offer elsewhere, so why waste your time and money on it?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
April 27, 2011
No matter how large the projector, you can't get the television feel out of this "Diary."
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
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
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
May 27, 2011
More entertaining than its lacklustre predecessor but has the feel of a straight-to-DVD film.
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 24, 2011
Shifting from the original's focus on the experiences of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) at the ignored-runt end of middle school to domestic tyranny at the hands of his bullying big brother (Devon Bostick, a fledgling Jeff Goldblum) is ill-advised.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 24, 2011
I didn't laugh much, nor did my 10-year-old companions, but nobody had their soul crushed by the experience. This is the film industry's Hippocratic oath: First, crush no souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 24, 2011
About the most you can say for it is that it's inoffensive, which isn't necessarily what you want in a movie about the humiliations of being a seventh grader with a bullying older brother.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
March 25, 2011
Rodrick schools his brother to always lower people's expectations. The film succeeds ... in doing just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 24, 2011
Rodrick Rules marks an improvement on the original Wimpy Kid, but it still has a mean streak a mile wide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 23, 2011
A somewhat witty kids movie falls victim to sequelitis.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2011
The actors make the most of it, and director David Bowers (Astro Boy) keeps the gags coming at an ADD-appeasing pace. What this wimp lacks, however, is heart.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 24, 2011
The problem, as before, is that it's rarely as lively and funny as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 24, 2011
Inane and exasperating and hard to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 28, 2011
This 'wimpy kid' is mean and selfish. I hate that this can pass for 'family entertainment.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 17, 2010
This second installment about the chaos of life at home lacks nuance and offers little charm. The formula is pretty much the same
Anthony Morris
The Vine
April 13, 2011
If you have hair anywhere on your body below the neck, you've got better things to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
March 25, 2011
I hate to put down any effort to reach children and young teens with a positive message. As bad as I feel, I must be honest. This one just doesn't get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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