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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reviews

November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 6, 2010
The young cast is all game, and sidekicks Robert Capron and Grayson Russell are a real hoot. Slumber party viewings are inevitable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
March 19, 2010
Too soon though -- maybe 30 minutes in -- audience laughs turn to chuckles, fading to worn smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2010
Looks drab and drained of color, and can't even muster the antic buoyancy of an average episode of iCarly.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 19, 2010
The problem with Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the wimpy kid is a jerk.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 19, 2010
What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 19, 2010
What the movie gets right, sometimes in agonizing detail, are the humiliations and horrors of school...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 19, 2010
The friendship message that comes wrapped in the world of Wimpy Kid gives the movie its centre and its heart, along with a reminder that there is no greater act of devotion than a kid who will submit himself to the cheese touch for a pal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2010
An above-average and sometimes surprising kid movie based on the first of a popular series of cartoon books by Jeff Kinney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2010
Kids who realize they're fully ordinary -- that is, pretty much all of them -- will be pleased to see a world they recognize on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2010
Why spend money to go see this? When you could just stay home and watch reruns of Ned's Declassified for free?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2010
There's something silly-sweet about this movie. It avoids talking down to kids or being didactic, while still projecting an overall wholesomeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2010
The writing is funny during individual moments, but the cumulative result is a bit depressing, with a surprising amount of negativity. If anything, the pervasive doomed feeling of junior high is too accurate. Who wants to pay money to relive that?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2010
No kiddie movie would be complete without spazzy supporting characters, booger jokes, yucky food and toilet humor; Diary delivers them in abundance without straying too far from Disney Channel wholesomeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2010
There's a monotony to Gordon's performance that is not really his fault, though he's surrounded by an able cast of young performers who keep the movie's energy up.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the popular illustrated tween books by Jeff Kinney, deserves a B- for effort and a C for execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a movie that needs to go back to the drawing board -- literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 18, 2010
For all its ridiculousness, its enthusiastic comic excess, and its fart/booger/gross-out jokes, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid's heart is firmly in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 18, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an adequate adaptation of Kinney's novel, but no replacement for the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2010
In transferring the clean, precise humor of Kinney's illustrations and prose to the big-screen, the material loses just a bit of its charm.
March 18, 2010
This group project produces no voice of its own, just faintly entertaining echoes of better movies and television shows.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an amusing romp through the awkward years of middle school.
March 18, 2010
The movie is remarkably attuned to that awful period when you're not just known but sometimes doomed by the company you keep.
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
March 18, 2010
It's nimble, bright and funny. It doesn't dumb down. It doesn't patronize. It knows something about human nature. It isn't as good as A Christmas Story, as few movies are, but it deserves a place in the same sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a likable movie for kids that will make adults chuckle as well because of the movie's key ingredient -- wit.
March 17, 2010
A jaunty and forthright production with a lively look reflecting the book's illustrated pages [that] does a great job of being in two places at once: In the head and gangly bodies of kids, and in the hearts of those of us who have survived grades 6-8.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.