Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A solid family-friendly film that embraces its quirky characters and their mischievous adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 22, 2012
With their recurring characters and suburban Anytown USA setting, these films represent a throwback to the assembly-line days of 'Andy Hardy' and 'Blondie' movies: They lack surprise but not laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012
Dog Days doesn't have the emotional pull of the last installment in the franchise, but it's still a vast improvement over the irritating series opener.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 21, 2012
This third adventure holds up nicely with its breezy comic energy and kid-friendly messages about respecting people you allegedly care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 16, 2012
Learn from your mistakes is the theme of this endearing third film in the franchise in which the awkward, tumultuous highs and lows of pubescence continue
Adam Lowes
HeyUGuys
August 13, 2012
With a further 3 novels yet to receive cinematic treatment, let's hope the youngsters can keep puberty at bay as judging by the quality on offer here, there's potential for many more enjoyable entries in the diary yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 9, 2012
The acting may be cartoony and the action sketchy, but the film's breezy good-humour - personified by Robert Capron's kindly, loyal Rowley - makes it easy to like.
Grae Drake
Movies.com
August 7, 2012
Wimpy Kid doesn't need to use seizure-inducing, bright, shiny tricks to distract you from the thin plot, like disco dance floors and rats being hurled off of cruise ships in 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 5, 2012
It's Tom Sawyer for the age of video games, a scrappy, anecdotal affair...
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
August 5, 2012
A comfy, feelgood comedy that's fun for the whole family!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 3, 2012
If you're a ten-year-old boy (or have a ten-year-old boy's sense of humor), you should like this. And I'm nothing if not a big, fat, hairy ten-year-old boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
August 3, 2012
A throwback to the live action kid comedies Hollywood used to regularly turn out
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 3, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is probably the most inoffensive kid's film you're likely to see this summer. And that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 3, 2012
More Wimpy Kid fun mixed with worthy messages, potty humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Singer
Time Out
August 3, 2012
Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Abby West
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 3, 2012
Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
August 3, 2012
Rather good, skewering pre-teen anxieties with some wit and accuracy and sweetening the deal with dollops of gungy slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 3, 2012
An entirely harmless and congenial tale of pre-teen social mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

This is London
August 3, 2012
For grumpy parents desperate for a few hours of peace, what's not to like?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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