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Ramona and Beezus (2010)

tomatometer

70

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 26

If Ramona and Beezus fails to capture the essence of its classic source material, it's sunny, sweet, and wholesome.

69

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 10

If Ramona and Beezus fails to capture the essence of its classic source material, it's sunny, sweet, and wholesome.

audience

72

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 64,735

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Movie Info

The adventures of young Ramona Quimby (newcomer Joey King) and her big sister Beezus (Selena Gomez) come to life in this all new film based on the best-selling books (over 30 million...and counting) by Beverly Cleary. Ramona's vivid imagination, boundless energy, and accident-prone antics keep everyone she meets on their toes. But her irrepressible sense of fun, adventure and mischief come in handy when she puts her mind to helping save her family's home. John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

G,

Comedy, Kids & Family

Nick Pustay, Laurie Craig

Nov 9, 2010

$26.2M

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (26) | DVD (2)

It's something that you would not be unhappy seeing on television, [but] there's nothing that calls it for you to go see it on the big-screen.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Honesty about the difficulties, both large and small, of being part of a family is what Ramona and Beezus does best, even if the rough and dangerous edges have been filed down.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Joey King will bounce back.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The film tries to appeal to audiences of all ages, and for the most part "reels you in like a sea bass," as Ramona would say.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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[Ramona] deserves better treatment, fairer justice, than she gets in Ramona and Beezus, for no other reason than she's the best thing in it: a rambunctious, bright-eyed mighty mouse with a kaleidoscopic wardrobe and an imagination to match.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Just try not to smile as you watch the imaginative misfit Ramona make classic childhood mistakes in this ebullient adaptation of Beverly Cleary's timeless series.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...an affable yet forgettable little comedy...

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Very entertaining and even heartbreaking in some moments...

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Captures the spirit of the Beverly Cleary books and offers a Ramona who's a believable combination of mischief and innocence.

November 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Only a twisted, seriously sad individual could have a problem with this sunny tween comedy, which I hated.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (4)
News of the World

This sitcom-bright film doesn't come close to the quality of the Beverly Cleary book series, but it's a sweet, frequently charming effort that doesn't betray its G rating.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Despite everyone's efforts, Ramona comes across as an insufferably spoilt and attention-seeking little horror.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent | Comment (1)
Independent

Performances are perfectly pleasant, but more of Ramona's flights of fancy and less lingering on the adult romance would've added some oomph.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Nothing to frighten the horses, as they say, or interest or entertain them much, either.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

True, it's just a bit overlong for junior attention spans, but given that the boys get lots of movies with wizards and special effects, little girls will surely welcome a film that seems tailored just for them.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Fans of the Ramona Quimby books will be disappointed, but tween girls will love it.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The best live action children's film since Nanny McPhee 2.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

This is an almost quaint throwback of a kids' movie that ends up enjoyably ragtag and cluttered, all of it contained by an emphasis on neighbourhood and maturity. Realistic, refreshing, and reassuring.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

This movie understands how to get into the head of a little kid. Plus, there's a little romance for the parents as well.

August 8, 2010 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

A pleasant way to pass some time and be made happy and sad by little things that are well-observed.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comments (2)
Antagony & Ecstasy

A heartwarming little film that makes a genuine connection to the joys and trials of childhood.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Refreshingly anti-princess and sweet without degrading into sugary, Ramona and Beezus animates Ramona's frequent flights of fancy with DIY-like sequences that literalize, quite charmingly, how a kid colors the world.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

At over 100 minutes, Ramona and Beezus is a hefty cinematic effort to get through, especially considering how audience-surveyed and clichéd the film proves

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The true talent of the cast makes up for the too sweet and cute story line

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Comment (1)
jackiekcooper.com

Audience Reviews for Ramona and Beezus

A really cute, completely harmless, and often amusing family movie. I wish less of the story was focused on the adult characters (the Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel storyline almost put me to sleep) and more time was spent with the adorable Ramona (Joey King, who absolutely steals the movie) and the charming Beezus (Selena Gomez, who hopefully has a great movie career ahead of her), but honestly, there's not much about Ramona and Beezus that I didn't like.

Anyone with fond memories of reading Beverly Cleary books as a kid or who wants to share the on-screen versions of the characters with their children will enjoy this. Ramona and Beezus is the rare kind of completely inoffensive family-oriented film that escapes blandess and boredom and leaves you with a grin on your face, despite all the sugary sweetness.
August 29, 2011
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

Deeeelightful! Funny! Charming! Sweet! Good for everyone, young and old!
August 8, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

A Little Sister Goes A Long Way.

Very nice family film with very imaginative stuff and some real life problems everyone faces these days. Very clever story and fun for all ages. Watch it with your kids.

Adapted from Beverly Cleary's perennially popular book series, Ramona and Beezus stars newcomer Joey King as Ramona Quimby, a grade-schooler with a big imagination. So big, in fact, that she often clashes with her no-nonsense teacher (Sandra Oh). When Ramona's upbeat dad (John Corbett) loses his job, the family including her teenage sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez), and their practical-minded mother (Bridget Moynahan) must make major adjustments, like dad learning how to run the house. Ramona dreams up various plans to make money so that she can save their house, but because everybody in the family seems too preoccupied to help her with her own worries, she turns to the one person who always has time for her, Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin). But even Aunt Bea is distracted these days because her ex-boyfriend and Quimby family next-door neighbor Hobart (Josh Duhamel) keeps trying to win Bea back.
July 15, 2011
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    1. Beezus Quimby: I hope nobody sees us. We're so weird!
    – Submitted by Thom T (2 years ago)
    1. Ramona Quimby: GUTS! GUTS, GUTS, GUTS, GUTS!
    – Submitted by Marz P (2 years ago)
    1. Beezus Quimby: Bite the head off first. It's less gruesome that way.
    – Submitted by Emma F (3 years ago)
    1. Ramona Quimby: Terrifical!
    – Submitted by Boomer C (3 years ago)
    1. Dorothy Quimby: Great, now you can teach her how to change her own diaper.
    – Submitted by Brian W (3 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Meacham: Now go out there and shake your booty!
    – Submitted by Brian W (3 years ago)
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