Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews

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Joseph Walsh
Little White Lies
August 2, 2012
Some moments will test patience due to repetitive comic stereotyping, while Zahn's performance as Frank is supremely indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 3, 2012
What happened to madness? What happened to rebellion? Oh, what's the bloody point? Nobody's listening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
August 3, 2012
If written just a bit sharper, the film could have been a really affecting father-son tale. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 2, 2012
Not the best of the "Wimpys," but Devon Bostick is still a laugh a minute as Rodrick, and for an hour the laughs come quick and sure - slapstick stuff, mostly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2012
Why are the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movies so much less fun, and funny, than the best of the books created by Jeff Kinney?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
August 2, 2012
We jump back and forth between so many other half-hearted threads that it can feel a bit like surfing between channels that strictly show episodes of a never-made "Wimpy Kid" TV show.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 2, 2012
A half-hearted morality tale about taking responsibility for your actions as a sign of impending maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
August 2, 2012
There's some lively slapstick that young children should enjoy but little story to speak of and too many lame gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 2, 2012
Like a kid in a mid-day algebra class, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dog Days" only wakes up for the louder, crasser jokes its pals crack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 2, 2012
It's a long season for the crude Wimpy Kid routine, with this second sequel as lackluster and disjointed as the two films that preceded it. Dog Days indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
July 31, 2012
Slightly better than its predecessors - although it's still the same disjointed fluff about an aloof American middle-class kid with a bunch of hang-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 3, 2012
Greg Heffley... will learn some further lessons about not being a preteen jerk, but his audience will still be encouraged to find hilarity in crotch injuries and budding homophobia.
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
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 3, 2012
I'd call "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" harmless if it weren't for some totally unnecessary gay-panic jokes that could actually encourage bullying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 3, 2012
Even for an episodic kiddie farce, Dog Days seems overly familiar in its comic premises (oh no! peeing in the municipal pool!) and conflicts...but it’ll all be new to its intended audience...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 8, 2012
A fairly entertaining movie for the younger kids but for all else not so funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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