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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reviews

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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
March 24, 2010
Largely avoids the gimmicky saccharine aftertaste that's typical of the genre. Anyone older than the story's resident Job, however, may not find much to write home about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is sweet and funny at either end, but in between, it sags with endless repetition of gross bodily functions and Greg's torment at the hands of larger, angrier, or more popular kids -- in that order.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2010
The casting's pretty fair, and if they had better material, Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris would have been real assets. But the story lurches from indignity to ill-starred wrestling match to gross-out gag, without any momentum or surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
August 19, 2010
Swamped by the sledgehammer clichés (gym class humiliation, Halloween high jinks) found in any run-of-the-mill children's TV comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
March 22, 2010
Between the episodic scenes that have no punch, and the lethargic direction in which children could grow a shoe size in the yawning gaps from one line to the next, the best word for this tedious project may very well be "Wimpy."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
March 22, 2010
A muted, hit-and-miss kid's film that offers just enough to keep children and parents invested, but not enough to fully engage anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2010
A litany of humiliations befalls the protagonist, fitting given that this adaptation of Jeff Kinney's popular kids-lit series is itself a minor embarrassing misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Galvin
September 23, 2010
The characters (through no fault of the young performers) have all the personality of hand puppets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
September 20, 2010
In an early self-referential monologue, Greg says, "Who wants to see a movie about a kid who's stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?" Who indeed?
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
March 20, 2010
Movies about teenagers do better after kids have moved on to high school and even then it's a crapshoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 22, 2010
Performances from the young cast are arguably a little too slick and knowing for the naive characters they are playing, but that is often par for the course in American films these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
March 25, 2010
A weak script makes for a wimpy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Leslie Gornstein
E! Online
March 24, 2010
Much of the book's cartoony charm gets lost in the conversion to live action, and we're left with a coming-of-age comedy that just feels aged.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
March 19, 2010
The film encourages urine, fart, and booger humor, which reeks of nosepicker pandering, compounded by a message of personal worth that never comes through clearly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
April 22, 2010
Greg's not wimpy--he fears being a pussy. This apparently gives him licence to be a total dickhead. The film should be retitled Diary of a Sociopathic Kid . . . it offers a cynical, shrugging view of today's tweens.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 3, 2010
A very forgettable and easily missed comedy...
Christopher Null
March 18, 2010
My seven-year-old daughter, who's been raging to see this movie since it was announced, has already called it "life-changing." How do you argue with that?
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 27, 2010
One for the kids, if they're really misbehaving.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Willie Waffle
March 19, 2010
Not much will shock kids, especially those who have read the books, but I have to think there are better choices out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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