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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer Reviews

Jonathan Holland
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February 23, 2012
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011

New York Times
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September 16, 2011
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 9, 2011
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

June 17, 2011
William Goss
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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.

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June 12, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

June 10, 2011
Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post
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With summer comes theaters filled with superheroes, sequels and forgettable family fare. In the last category, we find "Judy Moody."

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 10, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" is sure to appeal to kids of all ages from 6 to 9 who are female and have no taste or sense of humor.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

June 10, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Were parents ever this indulgent? Were guardians ever this permissive? Were childhood summers ever this carefree? No, no and no.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though the lead actress, newcomer Jordana Beatty, gives a spunky performance as third-grader Judy, her character's borderline bratty charm wears thin fast. Mostly it's undercut by the movie's irritatingly antic slapstick style.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 9, 2011
Andy Webster
New York Times
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Got a restless preadolescent daughter around the house? An air-conditioned theater and this breathless kaleidoscope of a movie might be the answer.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[A] canned piece of so-called family entertainment, which slathers on the bright colors and peppy eccentricity but fails to capture the books' childlike voice and essential, grumbling charm.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 9, 2011
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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For those sighing about why they don't make more movies like last year's Ramona and Beezus, based on the book series by Beverly Cleary, they just did.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

June 9, 2011
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A film that's energetic but not entirely engaging, fun but never truly funny.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film that little kids might find perfectly acceptable. Little, little, little kids.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Some movies make you remember being a child. Some movies treat you like one. "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'' does both.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 9, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The move is just begging the audience to think of it as cool and falls as flat as hearing your parents sing along to songs you like on the radio.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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...a bombardment so brutal that it leaves you cowed and crumpled in the force of its full-frontal assault.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

June 9, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The lesson is that fun can't be planned, but the film is so airless (think iCarly as a videogame) that there isn't a truly playful moment in it.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

June 8, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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All garish colors, small-scale sight gags and kid-friendly one-liners, it lacks the same comic spark that a recent "Wimpy Kid's" second diary also failed to deliver.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The books' ingenious wunderkind is MIA here, replaced instead by a generic eye-rolling, motormouthed preteen bopping around rote set pieces.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 8, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A shrill, shallow cacophony of individual wacky moments without much narrative momentum.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

June 8, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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At the risk of being a Debbie Downer, watching Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is akin to being trapped in the ADHD-addled mind of an adolescent hopped up on too much Ritalin.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 7, 2011
Lael Loewenstein
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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer strives to capture the insouciance of Megan McDonald's popular book series but overshoots its comedic potential.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 3, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A for-small-children movie that excludes everyone else.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 3, 2011
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