Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules Reviews

  • About the most you can say for it is that it's inoffensive, which isn't necessarily what you want in a movie about the humiliations of being a seventh grader with a bullying older brother.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • None of it amounts to belly-aching laughs, but Rodrick clicks in much the way A Christmas Story became a cult hit, by viewing the world through the eyes of an ordinary kid.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • The problem doesn't really lie in the acting but in the writing. There's too much effort expended on making the kids cute and cuddly, instead of plausible.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Credit Bowers and company, finally, for making some good calls about where to follow the leads furnished to them by the book and the first movie, and where to get creative.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • Shifting from the original's focus on the experiences of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) at the ignored-runt end of middle school to domestic tyranny at the hands of his bullying big brother (Devon Bostick, a fledgling Jeff Goldblum) is ill-advised.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Somehow feels even thinner than the black-and-white line drawings that fill Kinney's books and are used here in the title sequence.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Rodrick Rules marks an improvement on the original Wimpy Kid, but it still has a mean streak a mile wide.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Sequels, like younger brothers, often struggle to form their own identity. Happily, this hotly awaited follow-up to last year's hit adaptation of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Wimpy Kid book series establishes its own charming reason for being.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • As portrayed by Zachary Gordon, Greg lacks ... charm and spontaneity ... No real sparks of mischievousness or bone-deep embarrassment or endearing flush of affection light this kid up.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • I didn't laugh much, nor did my 10-year-old companions, but nobody had their soul crushed by the experience. This is the film industry's Hippocratic oath: First, crush no souls.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Here's a tween comedy you don't have to be a tween to enjoy.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Lacks much of the mischievous, subversive appeal of last year's debut film...

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's still not all that great, but at least this time around lessons are learned and, yes, there occasionally is something to laugh at.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Endearing underdog hero Greg Heffley returns for another year of middle-school humiliation.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The smart dialogue and kid's-eye-view of the torments of school life remain as satisfyingly amusing as the first outing, but this Wimpy Kid is slightly off-kilter.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Inane and exasperating and hard to watch.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series might more aptly be titled Diary of a Wimpy Family.. The film sequel is more engaging than the original was because it spends more time at home.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • A somewhat witty kids movie falls victim to sequelitis.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

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