Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Critics Consensus

Overly familiar and a bit too reliant on slapstick, the sitcom-like Dog Days fails to improve upon previous installments and will likely appeal to few outside its target audience.



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During his summer vacation, "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club - which fails to keep him away from the season's dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. -- (C) 20th Century Fox

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Zachary Gordon
as Greg Heffley
Robert Capron
as Rowley Jefferson
Devon Bostick
as Rodrick Heffley
Steve Zahn
as Frank Heffley
Rachael Harris
as Susan Heffley

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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (25)

  • Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.

    Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Matt Singer

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters.

    Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion.

    Aug 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • For grumpy parents desperate for a few hours of peace, what's not to like?

    Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Old-fashioned and small in scale, the movies sometimes feel like after-school specials from a bygone era, which is part of what makes them so endearing.

    Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • I'd call "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" harmless if it weren't for some totally unnecessary gay-panic jokes that could actually encourage bullying.

    Aug 3, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

  • Jan 11, 2013
    Not so wimpy after all! Good movie! This film is the third film in this popular series and is based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, which are written by Jeff Kinney. The entire movie flowed well, no moments felt dry, and that can be a big problem with some movies today. Overall, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is a great, fun, enjoyable film for the family. I can't wait to see what the studio is going to do next! School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer?
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2012
    Watched this with the kids today and i dont know...i'm thinking the best one was the first book to movie adaptation that i liked better anyways. It was ok and my son who reads the books wasn't totally impressed either. Greg our main charector is about to chuck the school books and get ready for his summer vacation...you know the hard life of everyday video gaming whilst older brother roderick sleeps like a bear. That is until dad (Steve Zahn) has something to say about it. This leads Greg in desperation in what to do.. once again using Wimpy buddy Rowley so he gain access to Rowley's mother's pool and day spa club most of all to spend time with new love interest Holly Hills ( Peyton List) which ends him up in a whole heap of trouble expecially when older brother aka cheif antogonist Roderick ( Devon Bostick) getswind of it and demands that he will tell his father of his secrets unless Greg also sneaks him in. Not a bad film and probably a good family film for those that have enjoyed the others in this series howev er the movies are running weakly on my son (A fan of the books) and myself so dont think we will be taking in anymore.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2012
    Dogged by simplicity but not dazed beyond redemption, Wimpy Kid at least whiles away an hour and a half of your summer. Lightyears better than its predecessor, Rodrick Rules, this second sequel can't stand up to the all-around A-level family entertainment of Pixar but it does put forth better summertime hues than blues. In fact, there are a number of funny moments that are featured gratuitously in the trailer. Some involve humiliating a friend's odd family and some involve comic mishaps like a Civil War re-enactment gone awry, but most unfortunately involve upping the gross factor to the Ugh degree. Still, moviegoers can't help but become embroiled in the ne'er-do-well misadventures of Greg Heffley. In this PG-rated family-friendly sequel, wimpy kid Greg Heffley (Gordon) pretends to have a job at a ritzy country club to while away the dog days of summer, but ends up embroiled in everything from a camping disaster to a public pool mishap. Smartly, the series has relegated some supporting characters to the far fringes of the script (disgusting tag-along Fregley and Indian nerd Chirag, we hardly missed ye) while elevating more interesting players to the forefront (goody love interest Holly and Greg's wacky put-upon Dad, please step up). It's not always a fun-filled day at the beach but it's far from sitting through a laborious session of summer school. What's most amazing is that - given the modest budget, B-Level cast, and this series' success thus far -Diary hasn't been further exploited and spun into a Disney or Nick TV program. Bottom line: The Kid is alright.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2012
    There are many different kinds of family films. There are the ones that amuse little kids that are torture for a parent to sit through. There are films that transcend the family genre, and are just flat out great movies. The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movies are somewhere in between. They aren't high art. I mean after all, they're based on a series of books that are largely made up of drawings. The stories are beyond simplistic, and the laughs are just this side of fart jokes. But there's real charm and truth to their simplicity that makes them engaging for parents and kids. Now, it's not a totally smooth ride. This film is a hybrid of two different books in the series, and as such it feels far more episodic than the previous two. There's no real narrative story here. There's no goal it's striving for. It's a series of events in the lives of the characters over the course of summer vacation. Maybe that's why the lack of a coherent story doesn't bother me, but that's what summer vacation is supposed to be. A series of adventures with no point other than to have a good time. The acting is what you'd expect from a movie like this, but there is a real surprise that adds a lot to the mix. Steve Zahn is given a much bigger part here as the dad, and his relationship with the main character, played by Zachary Gordon, is really the heart of the story. It shows a lot of bonding between the two on several different issues. It shows how fathers and sons can be so alike, yet so different at the same time. Zahn really does give a surprisingly believable performance, and his scenes with Gordon really struck home with me. Being that these movies are made on an ultra-cheap budget, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see another sequel. But it may be time for Gordon to give up the role for the sake of realism. At 14, he's hit puberty, and gone through a growth spurt that doesn't make him such a little kid anymore, and his voice is almost deeper than Devon Bostick, who plays his older brother Rodrick. These movies aren't going to win any awards, but they can make a family sit and laugh together. That's a good movie in my book.
    RJ M Super Reviewer

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