Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reviews

  • A jaunty and forthright production with a lively look reflecting the book's illustrated pages [that] does a great job of being in two places at once: In the head and gangly bodies of kids, and in the hearts of those of us who have survived grades 6-8.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Looks drab and drained of color, and can't even muster the antic buoyancy of an average episode of iCarly.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There's something silly-sweet about this movie. It avoids talking down to kids or being didactic, while still projecting an overall wholesomeness.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Kids who realize they're fully ordinary -- that is, pretty much all of them -- will be pleased to see a world they recognize on the big screen.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a movie that needs to go back to the drawing board -- literally.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid is sweet and funny at either end, but in between, it sags with endless repetition of gross bodily functions and Greg's torment at the hands of larger, angrier, or more popular kids -- in that order.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • The young cast is all game, and sidekicks Robert Capron and Grayson Russell are a real hoot. Slumber party viewings are inevitable.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • What the movie gets right, sometimes in agonizing detail, are the humiliations and horrors of school...

    Mary F. Pols — MSN Movies

  • It's nimble, bright and funny. It doesn't dumb down. It doesn't patronize. It knows something about human nature. It isn't as good as A Christmas Story, as few movies are, but it deserves a place in the same sentence.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The casting's pretty fair, and if they had better material, Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris would have been real assets. But the story lurches from indignity to ill-starred wrestling match to gross-out gag, without any momentum or surprise.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The movie is remarkably attuned to that awful period when you're not just known but sometimes doomed by the company you keep.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the popular illustrated tween books by Jeff Kinney, deserves a B- for effort and a C for execution.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • No kiddie movie would be complete without spazzy supporting characters, booger jokes, yucky food and toilet humor; Diary delivers them in abundance without straying too far from Disney Channel wholesomeness.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The problem with Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the wimpy kid is a jerk.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an amusing romp through the awkward years of middle school.

    Lael Loewenstein — Variety

  • An above-average and sometimes surprising kid movie based on the first of a popular series of cartoon books by Jeff Kinney.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The friendship message that comes wrapped in the world of Wimpy Kid gives the movie its centre and its heart, along with a reminder that there is no greater act of devotion than a kid who will submit himself to the cheese touch for a pal.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Too soon though -- maybe 30 minutes in -- audience laughs turn to chuckles, fading to worn smiles.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a likable movie for kids that will make adults chuckle as well because of the movie's key ingredient -- wit.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

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