Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews

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Matt Singer
Time Out
August 3, 2012
Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Abby West
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 3, 2012
Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 3, 2012
Old-fashioned and small in scale, the movies sometimes feel like after-school specials from a bygone era, which is part of what makes them so endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
August 3, 2012
Spending time with Kinney's characters has become an annual treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2012
Real emotions get expressed. Real family harmony emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2012
Ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 2, 2012
It all makes for goofy fun, and physical comedy that will have parents rolling their eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
August 2, 2012
The execution isn't great. David Bowers, the director, allows too much hammy acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 2, 2012
...I think it's possible that all tween audiences, wimpy or not, deserve better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 2, 2012
The sort of mischief that felt cutely wise-alecky up to this point often just doesn't work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 2, 2012
[It's] formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2012
The third time might not be the charm, but this harmless family comedy proves more pleasant than its episodic 2011 installment.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 2, 2012
Either they're getting better as they go along, or they're wearing me down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Associated Press
August 2, 2012
The third installment in the "Wimpy Kid" franchise turns out to be not so wimpy after all.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 2, 2012
It is less unified and more predictable than its predecessors, and doesn't play to all the franchise's earlier strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 2, 2012
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid benefits from not trying too hard, but it wouldn't hurt if it had tried just a little bit harder anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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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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