Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

Critics Consensus

Moderately witty and acceptably acted, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 isn't much worse than the first installment.

47%

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Total Count: 99

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 33,352
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Movie Info

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. -- (C) Fox

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Cast

Zachary Gordon
as Greg Heffley
Devon Bostick
as Rodrick Heffley
Rachael Harris
as Susan Heffley
Robert Capron
as Rowley Jefferson
Steve Zahn
as Frank Heffley
Karan Brar
as Chirag Gupta
Laine MacNeil
as Patty Farrell
Peyton List (II)
as Holly Hillis
Jeff Kinney
as Holly's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (31)

  • It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America.

    May 28, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • There are momentary shafts of something like wit within this slightly bland mix...

    May 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Funnier and faster than its charming predecessor.

    May 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce.

    May 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • While the film is a tad mushier, there are still enough gross-out moments to please.

    Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's all good-natured enough, except for a weekend at Grandpa's retirement village which is truly cringe-making, but it can all be seen on TV any night of the week.

    Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

  • Aug 12, 2012
    It lacks some of the wittiness and style of the first feature, but 'Rodrick Rules' is a more adult affair, more sophisticated, more substance, and just as entertaining. Focusing this time on the relationship between main kid Greg Heffley, played wonderfully like the first, by Zachary Gordon, and his older brother Rodrick, played exceptionally by Devon Bostick, the two brothers begin to bond despite their differences. And straight out of the starting gate the film takes the path of a more adult, and a certainly more impressive motion picture. For adults and older kids. However, for younger children, the main focus of the audience, it dawdles and loses much of the slapstick and gag centred comedy of the first. The cast however do not let down, with excellent performances from Zachary Gordon and especially Devon Bostick, who really shines throughout the ninety minutes. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris, as the parents again, make short but as usual great addition to the film. The story is interesting enough, with many different parts and sketches throughout. But it still keeps a certain more linear style of sophistication with its choice of storytelling and narrative this time round. But that sophistication does bear the risk of alienating its original half term style audience. It probably does, in certain sections, but overall, maintains a good balance between the more classier comedy and the slapstick and gags of the first, creating a fun, and definitely all round piece of family film.
    Adam K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Totally underrated, a great comedy family movie just about as good as the original. This is Gregs 7th Grade year, and he has to survive his brother Rodricks torment, but there is a lot in Gregs year, like his friend Rowleys magic act, his new crush Holly Hills, and Gregs mom over bearing and embarassing ways. The cast is better than before in my opinion, a lot funnier, great comedians, and proves this could be a good series. Greg and Rodricks relationship deals with sibling rivalries, which we all know, but it also deals with in the end we may hate our siblings, but deep down we like em, or even love them, I should know I have 2 siblings. This adaption stays even further away from the book, and I didn't like that, although there were some moments I was happy they put in, gave it more of a better ending. I laughed at the comedy, and it felt just as strong as the original, but some of the Fregley jokes were just gross and not funny. Even if it was grosser, and an even worse adaption, this movie made me laugh, smile, and related to real issues with siblings, and thats the reason it was really good tome.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2011
    I didnt care to much for the 1st movie or this 1 either but Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is an improvement over the 1st.This movie had more to then the 1st & I didn't find the characters as annoying
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    While I could sympathize with our protagonist I doubt I liked it as much as the average 10 year old.
    CivilZen H Super Reviewer

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