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If Ramona and Beezus fails to capture the essence of its classic source material, it's sunny, sweet, and wholesome.
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Nothing to frighten the horses, as they say, or interest or entertain them much, either.
It's something that you would not be unhappy seeing on television, [but] there's nothing that calls it for you to go see it on the big-screen.
Honesty about the difficulties, both large and small, of being part of a family is what Ramona and Beezus does best, even if the rough and dangerous edges have been filed down.
Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy.
Joey King will bounce back.
The film tries to appeal to audiences of all ages, and for the most part "reels you in like a sea bass," as Ramona would say.
In stepping back and viewing it not as a super-faithful adaptation, but as entertainment aimed primarily at young girls, there is certainly something to be celebrated here...
Just try not to smile as you watch the imaginative misfit Ramona make classic childhood mistakes in this ebullient adaptation of Beverly Cleary's timeless series.
...an affable yet forgettable little comedy...
Very entertaining and even heartbreaking in some moments...
Captures the spirit of the Beverly Cleary books and offers a Ramona who's a believable combination of mischief and innocence.
Only a twisted, seriously sad individual could have a problem with this sunny tween comedy, which I hated.
A really cute, completely harmless, and often amusing family movie. I wish less of the story was focused on the adult characters (the Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel storyline almost put me to sleep) and more time was spent with the adorable Ramona (Joey King, who absolutely steals the movie) and the charming Beezus (Selena Gomez, who hopefully has a great movie career ahead of her), but honestly, there's not much about Ramona and Beezus that I didn't like.
Anyone with fond memories of reading Beverly Cleary books as a kid or who wants to share the on-screen versions of the characters with their children will enjoy this. Ramona and Beezus is the rare kind of completely inoffensive family-oriented film that escapes blandess and boredom and leaves you with a grin on your face, despite all the sugary sweetness.
Deeeelightful! Funny! Charming! Sweet! Good for everyone, young and old!
A Little Sister Goes A Long Way.
Very nice family film with very imaginative stuff and some real life problems everyone faces these days. Very clever story and fun for all ages. Watch it with your kids.
Adapted from Beverly Cleary's perennially popular book series, Ramona and Beezus stars newcomer Joey King as Ramona Quimby, a grade-schooler with a big imagination. So big, in fact, that she often clashes with her no-nonsense teacher (Sandra Oh). When Ramona's upbeat dad (John Corbett) loses his job, the family including her teenage sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez), and their practical-minded mother (Bridget Moynahan) must make major adjustments, like dad learning how to run the house. Ramona dreams up various plans to make money so that she can save their house, but because everybody in the family seems too preoccupied to help her with her own worries, she turns to the one person who always has time for her, Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin). But even Aunt Bea is distracted these days because her ex-boyfriend and Quimby family next-door neighbor Hobart (Josh Duhamel) keeps trying to win Bea back.
I really enjoyed this movie surprisingly. It wasn't funny, cute, or cool, but it was good. The acting was made completely for kids and hollywood, but the movie IS for kids and hollywood so it didn'tbother me. The plot was very good in my opinion because it dealt with real life issues and how children percieve it. Its not a must see, but its a nice film.
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