A solid family-friendly film that embraces its quirky characters and their mischievous adventures.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
This third adventure holds up nicely with its breezy comic energy and kid-friendly messages about respecting people you allegedly care about.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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.
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.
It's Tom Sawyer for the age of video games, a scrappy, anecdotal affair...
A comfy, feelgood comedy that's fun for the whole family!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
If you're a ten-year-old boy (or have a ten-year-old boy's sense of humor), you should like this. And I'm nothing if not a big, fat, hairy ten-year-old boy.
| Original Score: 4/5
A throwback to the live action kid comedies Hollywood used to regularly turn out
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is probably the most inoffensive kid's film you're likely to see this summer. And that's a good thing.
More Wimpy Kid fun mixed with worthy messages, potty humor.
Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.
Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters.
| Original Score: B+
Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion.
Rather good, skewering pre-teen anxieties with some wit and accuracy and sweetening the deal with dollops of gungy slapstick.
An entirely harmless and congenial tale of pre-teen social mayhem.
For grumpy parents desperate for a few hours of peace, what's not to like?