Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A solid family-friendly film that embraces its quirky characters and their mischievous adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2012
With "Dog Days" and its been-there, done-that screenplay, the franchise takes a step backward.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 22, 2012
With their recurring characters and suburban Anytown USA setting, these films represent a throwback to the assembly-line days of 'Andy Hardy' and 'Blondie' movies: They lack surprise but not laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Time to Play Magazine
December 10, 2012
More efforts not to be wimpy.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012
Dog Days doesn't have the emotional pull of the last installment in the franchise, but it's still a vast improvement over the irritating series opener.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 21, 2012
This third adventure holds up nicely with its breezy comic energy and kid-friendly messages about respecting people you allegedly care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 16, 2012
Learn from your mistakes is the theme of this endearing third film in the franchise in which the awkward, tumultuous highs and lows of pubescence continue
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 25, 2012
Greg isn't just wimpy, but manipulative and selfish, and no amount of after-school-special lessons and father-son bonding in the final 10 minutes is enough to overcome that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 15, 2012
Sure, your kids will think it's funny. But if they've seen many movies, they're going to know they're looking at lowbrow jokes that are cheap and easily written - the kind of stuff kids tell each other in the halls at school.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Lowes
August 13, 2012
With a further 3 novels yet to receive cinematic treatment, let's hope the youngsters can keep puberty at bay as judging by the quality on offer here, there's potential for many more enjoyable entries in the diary yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 9, 2012
The acting may be cartoony and the action sketchy, but the film's breezy good-humour - personified by Robert Capron's kindly, loyal Rowley - makes it easy to like.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 9, 2012
Mums and dads will know how Zahn feels when he threatens to rip all of the leads out of the back of the TV set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
August 8, 2012
A fairly entertaining movie for the younger kids but for all else not so funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 7, 2012
An obvious improvement over 2010's subpar Diary of a Wimpy Kid...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
August 7, 2012
Wimpy Kid doesn't need to use seizure-inducing, bright, shiny tricks to distract you from the thin plot, like disco dance floors and rats being hurled off of cruise ships in 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 5, 2012
It's Tom Sawyer for the age of video games, a scrappy, anecdotal affair...
Kam Williams
August 5, 2012
A comfy, feelgood comedy that's fun for the whole family!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 5, 2012
Though this one is better than the first two, this is now my least favorite trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
August 5, 2012
Formulaic, family-friendy sequel, as Greg's angst takes a more adolescent turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
August 3, 2012
If you're over the age of 12, chances are you're already too old for these movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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