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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer Reviews

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February 23, 2012
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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New York Times
September 16, 2011
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2011
Too bad, then, that there's no real joy in all the physical business filling the screen, not even in Judy's animated daydreams. Bummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2011
The best thing about Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is the engaging performance of red-haired Aussie starlet Beatty, who will play the titular star in Eloise in Paris. We can only hope that film sticks to the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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William Goss
Film.com
June 12, 2011
Fun must be won, earned, dominated - it is only through competition that we Moodists may demonstrate our true worth to the fearless leader and her spastic cause.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 10, 2011
There isn't even, really, any point. There is, however, throw-up, poo, pee and lots of running around and screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post
June 10, 2011
With summer comes theaters filled with superheroes, sequels and forgettable family fare. In the last category, we find "Judy Moody."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 10, 2011
"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" isn't just "Rare!," as its title heroine would say - it's a seriously perfect vacation destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 10, 2011
"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" is sure to appeal to kids of all ages from 6 to 9 who are female and have no taste or sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 9, 2011
Were parents ever this indulgent? Were guardians ever this permissive? Were childhood summers ever this carefree? No, no and no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 9, 2011
Though the lead actress, newcomer Jordana Beatty, gives a spunky performance as third-grader Judy, her character's borderline bratty charm wears thin fast. Mostly it's undercut by the movie's irritatingly antic slapstick style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 9, 2011
Got a restless preadolescent daughter around the house? An air-conditioned theater and this breathless kaleidoscope of a movie might be the answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 9, 2011
[A] canned piece of so-called family entertainment, which slathers on the bright colors and peppy eccentricity but fails to capture the books' childlike voice and essential, grumbling charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2011
For those sighing about why they don't make more movies like last year's Ramona and Beezus, based on the book series by Beverly Cleary, they just did.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2011
A film that's energetic but not entirely engaging, fun but never truly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2011
A film that little kids might find perfectly acceptable. Little, little, little kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 9, 2011
Even for sugary neon fluff, it's awfully lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 9, 2011
Some movies make you remember being a child. Some movies treat you like one. "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'' does both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2011
The move is just begging the audience to think of it as cool and falls as flat as hearing your parents sing along to songs you like on the radio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 9, 2011
...a bombardment so brutal that it leaves you cowed and crumpled in the force of its full-frontal assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2011
The lesson is that fun can't be planned, but the film is so airless (think iCarly as a videogame) that there isn't a truly playful moment in it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 8, 2011
All garish colors, small-scale sight gags and kid-friendly one-liners, it lacks the same comic spark that a recent "Wimpy Kid's" second diary also failed to deliver.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 8, 2011
A shrill, shallow cacophony of individual wacky moments without much narrative momentum.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
June 7, 2011
At the risk of being a Debbie Downer, watching Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is akin to being trapped in the ADHD-addled mind of an adolescent hopped up on too much Ritalin.
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June 3, 2011
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer strives to capture the insouciance of Megan McDonald's popular book series but overshoots its comedic potential.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 3, 2011
A for-small-children movie that excludes everyone else.