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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 64

Entertaining for some very young viewers, but for those with normal attention spans, Judy Moody is loud hyperactive overload.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 22

Entertaining for some very young viewers, but for those with normal attention spans, Judy Moody is loud hyperactive overload.



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The film chronicles Judy Moody's (Jordana Beatty) adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and fun-loving Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). The script, penned by Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald's popular children's book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press. -- (C) Relativity


Comedy, Kids & Family

Kathy Waugh, Megan McDonald

Oct 11, 2011


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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (64) | DVD (3)

Too bad, then, that there's no real joy in all the physical business filling the screen, not even in Judy's animated daydreams. Bummer.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The best thing about Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is the engaging performance of red-haired Aussie starlet Beatty, who will play the titular star in Eloise in Paris. We can only hope that film sticks to the book.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Fun must be won, earned, dominated - it is only through competition that we Moodists may demonstrate our true worth to the fearless leader and her spastic cause.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source:
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There isn't even, really, any point. There is, however, throw-up, poo, pee and lots of running around and screaming.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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With summer comes theaters filled with superheroes, sequels and forgettable family fare. In the last category, we find "Judy Moody."

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" isn't just "Rare!," as its title heroine would say - it's a seriously perfect vacation destination.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (6)
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An assault on the senses, a fever nightmare of color explosions and extreme closeups of a child's tonsils while they scream for the ice cream man.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Mild-mannered, kid friendly. Not much there for adults. Except for Heather Graham...

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's a fun, imaginative movie that is terrific for young kids. I think it encourages children to celebrate creativity.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

It's a simple story that treads familiar ground, but it's fun to watch as a family, and it has an impressive amount of energy behind it.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Could be much worse.

October 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

A kaleidoscope of bright colours, the best thing about this chirpy comedy for tweens is 12 year old Australian actress Jordana Beatty, whose energy and enthusiasm as the bubbly Judy Moody with the shock of unruly red hair, is contagious

October 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

Rammed with speech bubbles, text messages and onscreen status updates, this is a cartoonish car crash.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Only the children manage to survive it. The adults are totally plastic throughout.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Having a middle-aged male review it is probably ridiculous. So is asking its target audience to listen to a middle-aged male's opinions on the subject.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Ought to go down fine with the 10-year-olds it's aimed at.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Watchable, sweet natured and fast paced children's comedy enlivened by colourful production design and a charming and likeable performance from newcomer Jordana Beatty...

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

For children, Judy's simple suburban pleasures and unsophisticated emotions and tantrums are something that many of them will relate to.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Graham is lovely and Beatty a natural, but if you're not seven years old, it's one long headache.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Full color, body excretions, shouting and not much else, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" is dull as a summer spent indoors.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Hyperactively desperate-to-entertain and also veers into too-episodic, too-peppy and too-kooky territory. Would be a lot more funner if it were much less dumber.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

We're very glad Judy Moody's summer turned out not to be a bummer, and wish the same could be said for the reviewers who have to sit through her movie.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

... hammers away at you for 91 endless minutes.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Even as a remedial kids' movie, this one fails.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller, Preston Bailey, Kristoffer Ryan Winters, Garrett Ryan, Jaleel White, Ashley Boettcher, Taylar Hender, Cameron Boyce, Jenica Bergere, Janet Varney

Director: John Schultz

Summary: In this family film based on Megan McDonald's children's books about never-dull third-grader Judy Moody, the capricious Miss Moody embarks on a summer adventure with her brother, Stink, and always-up-for-fun Aunt Opal.

My Thoughts: "This one was definitely meant for the kids only. I didn't find the film funny at all and the main character is annoying. I'm not even sure if kids who are fans of the books will enjoy it. I know my nieces and nephew only laughed a few times. I think this is one of the worse kid flicks I've seen in a while. Nothing more to say about this one.."
March 31, 2012

Super Reviewer

Proof that I will literally watch any movie, because I love movies. On my trip to Ohio I was bored and had a copy of this on DVD with me, so I watched it. I was hoping for something similar to "Diary of a wimpy Kid" or "Ramona and Beezus". While alike in tone, this just doesn't have the charm, story, or character of those movies. This is really geared towards kids(explains why I don't like it), and there isn't much here for adults. It's about a girl named Judy(Jordana Beatty) and her desire to have the best summer ever. She has a contest with her friends to see who can do the most thrilling dares, while her little brother searches for Bigfoot. Heather Graham plays their Aunt Opal who watches them over the summer break. All the performances are over the top(to be expected), and other than the little brother, I didn't care for any of the characters. However, I think kids will love it and be thoroughly entertained. So let the kiddies watch this, while you watch something more grown up.
December 16, 2011
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

a crazy diary of a wimpy kid wanabe, but won't actually live up to it expectations and full of zany gross-out humor, and won't support its original bases of the books, but will entertain 4 to 6 year olds. C
July 4, 2011
Juan Charqueno

Super Reviewer

It tells us how younge kids compete in to having the best summer, so its a playful movie for kids, but since im older I dont find these kind of movies really funny, its like Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (not the 2nd one, its too much better), but less disgusting. This movie will excite kids, but older people or adults wont find it funny or fasinating.
June 10, 2011
Angel G.
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    1. Amy: He better not jump on my face.
    – Submitted by Debbie B (2 years ago)
    1. Judy Moody: No one in this family has any imagination!
    – Submitted by Luka P (2 years ago)
    1. Aunt Opal: I'm sorry but I'm afraid we need this bike.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Stink Moody: You call that driving?
    – Submitted by Ben R (2 years ago)
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