Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
May 25, 2011
Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2011
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series might more aptly be titled Diary of a Wimpy Family.. The film sequel is more engaging than the original was because it spends more time at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 25, 2011
The physical comedy will have the typical 10-year-old and some grown-ups cackling with glee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 25, 2011
As portrayed by Zachary Gordon, Greg lacks ... charm and spontaneity ... No real sparks of mischievousness or bone-deep embarrassment or endearing flush of affection light this kid up.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 25, 2011
The problem doesn't really lie in the acting but in the writing. There's too much effort expended on making the kids cute and cuddly, instead of plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 25, 2011
Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 25, 2011
Somehow feels even thinner than the black-and-white line drawings that fill Kinney's books and are used here in the title sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 24, 2011
Inane and exasperating and hard to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 24, 2011
None of it amounts to belly-aching laughs, but Rodrick clicks in much the way A Christmas Story became a cult hit, by viewing the world through the eyes of an ordinary kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 24, 2011
Rodrick Rules marks an improvement on the original Wimpy Kid, but it still has a mean streak a mile wide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2011
They've wimped out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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March 24, 2011
For the most part this is a collection of set pieces that movies have served up many, many times before.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 24, 2011
Sequels, like younger brothers, often struggle to form their own identity. Happily, this hotly awaited follow-up to last year's hit adaptation of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Wimpy Kid book series establishes its own charming reason for being.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 24, 2011
I didn't laugh much, nor did my 10-year-old companions, but nobody had their soul crushed by the experience. This is the film industry's Hippocratic oath: First, crush no souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 24, 2011
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is full of lively slapstick.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 24, 2011
Shifting from the original's focus on the experiences of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) at the ignored-runt end of middle school to domestic tyranny at the hands of his bullying big brother (Devon Bostick, a fledgling Jeff Goldblum) is ill-advised.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 24, 2011
About the most you can say for it is that it's inoffensive, which isn't necessarily what you want in a movie about the humiliations of being a seventh grader with a bullying older brother.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011
Director David Bowers keeps things peppy and brightly lighted, but the movie's swiftest pleasures come from moment-seizing cast members...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 24, 2011
The smart dialogue and kid's-eye-view of the torments of school life remain as satisfyingly amusing as the first outing, but this Wimpy Kid is slightly off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 24, 2011
Here's a tween comedy you don't have to be a tween to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 24, 2011
Lacks much of the mischievous, subversive appeal of last year's debut film...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
March 24, 2011
Credit Bowers and company, finally, for making some good calls about where to follow the leads furnished to them by the book and the first movie, and where to get creative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 24, 2011
It's hard not to watch the Wimpy Kid movies through webbed fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 24, 2011
It's still not all that great, but at least this time around lessons are learned and, yes, there occasionally is something to laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 24, 2011
In many ways, what works about "Rodrick Rules" is the reverse of the first film, which found the ethically challenged Greg willing to throw his geeky friends under the bus to improve his social status.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 23, 2011
A somewhat witty kids movie falls victim to sequelitis.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 23, 2011
Endearing underdog hero Greg Heffley returns for another year of middle-school humiliation.