Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Reviews

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August 3, 2012
Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.
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.
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.
August 3, 2012
Rather good, skewering pre-teen anxieties with some wit and accuracy and sweetening the deal with dollops of gungy slapstick.
August 3, 2012
For grumpy parents desperate for a few hours of peace, what's not to like?
August 3, 2012
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.
August 3, 2012
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.
August 3, 2012
Spending time with Kinney's characters has become an annual treat.
August 2, 2012
Real emotions get expressed. Real family harmony emerges.
August 2, 2012
Ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl.
August 2, 2012
It all makes for goofy fun, and physical comedy that will have parents rolling their eyes.
August 2, 2012
The execution isn't great. David Bowers, the director, allows too much hammy acting.
August 2, 2012
...I think it's possible that all tween audiences, wimpy or not, deserve better than this.
August 2, 2012
The sort of mischief that felt cutely wise-alecky up to this point often just doesn't work here.
August 2, 2012
Perfectly workable popcorn entertainment for the school holidays.
August 2, 2012
[It's] formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films.
August 2, 2012
The third time might not be the charm, but this harmless family comedy proves more pleasant than its episodic 2011 installment.
August 2, 2012
Either they're getting better as they go along, or they're wearing me down.
August 2, 2012
We jump back and forth between so many other half-hearted threads that it can feel a bit like surfing between channels that strictly show episodes of a never-made "Wimpy Kid" TV show.
August 2, 2012
Like a kid in a mid-day algebra class, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dog Days" only wakes up for the louder, crasser jokes its pals crack.
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