“Cute But Not Great”
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- New York Times
Got a restless preadolescent daughter around the house? An air-conditioned theater and this breathless kaleidoscope of a movie might be the answer.
Andy Webster - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
With summer comes theaters filled with superheroes, sequels and forgettable family fare. In the last category, we find "Judy Moody."
Sandie Angulo Chen - Washington Post
Some movies make you remember being a child. Some movies treat you like one. "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'' does both.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
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.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" isn't just "Rare!," as its title heroine would say - it's a seriously perfect vacation destination.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
[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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
...a bombardment so brutal that it leaves you cowed and crumpled in the force of its full-frontal assault.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
A film that little kids might find perfectly acceptable. Little, little, little kids.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A film that's energetic but not entirely engaging, fun but never truly funny.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Jonathan Holland - Variety
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer strives to capture the insouciance of Megan McDonald's popular book series but overshoots its comedic potential.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
"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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Were parents ever this indulgent? Were guardians ever this permissive? Were childhood summers ever this carefree? No, no and no.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
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.
William Goss - Film.com
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.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
A for-small-children movie that excludes everyone else.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A shrill, shallow cacophony of individual wacky moments without much narrative momentum.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Sheri Linden - Los Angeles Times
An assault on the senses, a fever nightmare of color explosions and extreme closeups of a child's tonsils while they scream for the ice cream man.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Mild-mannered, kid friendly. Not much there for adults. Except for Heather Graham...
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
It's a fun, imaginative movie that is terrific for young kids. I think it encourages children to celebrate creativity.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
David Fear - Time Out
It's a simple story that treads familiar ground, but it's fun to watch as a family, and it has an impressive amount of energy behind it.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Could be much worse.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
A kaleidoscope of bright colours, the best thing about this chirpy comedy for tweens is 12 year old Australian actress Jordana Beatty, whose energy and enthusiasm as the bubbly Judy Moody with the shock of unruly red hair, is contagious
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Only the children manage to survive it. The adults are totally plastic throughout.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Rammed with speech bubbles, text messages and onscreen status updates, this is a cartoonish car crash.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Having a middle-aged male review it is probably ridiculous. So is asking its target audience to listen to a middle-aged male's opinions on the subject.
Ought to go down fine with the 10-year-olds it's aimed at.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Watchable, sweet natured and fast paced children's comedy enlivened by colourful production design and a charming and likeable performance from newcomer Jordana Beatty...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
For children, Judy's simple suburban pleasures and unsophisticated emotions and tantrums are something that many of them will relate to.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Graham is lovely and Beatty a natural, but if you're not seven years old, it's one long headache.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Full color, body excretions, shouting and not much else, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" is dull as a summer spent indoors.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Hyperactively desperate-to-entertain and also veers into too-episodic, too-peppy and too-kooky territory. Would be a lot more funner if it were much less dumber.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
We're very glad Judy Moody's summer turned out not to be a bummer, and wish the same could be said for the reviewers who have to sit through her movie.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
... hammers away at you for 91 endless minutes.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Even as a remedial kids' movie, this one fails.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer begins with bedazzled credits, and it's downhill from there.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It is aimed at kids and as far as I could tell it pleased the kid audience - so adults will just have to grin and bear it.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Mostly it's all poop picnics, blue barf, and Urkel (Jaleel White) playing a banjo.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Heather Graham is 41? No way! (That's about the only thing I got out of this movie)
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
It's hard to fault the cheesy cheeriness at work here, but this should not in any sense be confused with a great film, or even a good one from the adult point of view, and they should consider themselves warned when it come to sitting through it
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Tediously slapstick, trying even to the most juvenile audiences - wait for the DVD
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Children will enjoy the gross-out moments and comic disasters and everyone else will enjoy looking at very pretty Heather Graham. As a movie, though, it's a bummer.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It's the kind of movie where the kids grinningly display chewed-up peas they've been saving for you in their mouths, so enter with those sorts of expectations.
Dave White - Movies.com
This is a movie targeted at young girls that will certainly make them laugh but won't teach them much.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
A cotton candy movie. It's sweet and colorful, it goes down easily, and where kids [love it], their parents may find a small taste is more than enough.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Decent without being memorable or funny.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Amy Amatangelo - Boston Herald
A comedy about young kids for young kids that feels like it was made by young kids.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Judy Moody And The NOT Bummer Summer is as manic as kids on a sugar rush and just as exhausting for the adults they're with.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
Popular book heroine gets a bummer adaptation.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
...bears a lot in common with last year's "Ramona and Beezus" if those characters had ADD and were a little less goody-two-shoes. Director John Schultz uses a visual style dialed to 11...to make sure kids won't be bored for a second
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
There isn't even, really, any point. There is, however, throw-up, poo, pee and lots of running around and screaming.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A reference to Mary Poppins serves as a reminder that all kids' movies don't have to be stupid and obnoxious, but this one shows contempt for children of all ages.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Adults will be hoping for more substance, but they won't get it as the skinny plot devotes all its time to frivolous play and increasingly tired slapstick humor.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
I know I probably shouldn't have liked it as much as I did, but I have to admit I enjoyed its colorful, chaotic goofiness.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Something got sooo totally lost in the translation from page to screen -- like humor and charm.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
The bar for kiddie entertainment gets ever lower with this excessively loud effort.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Even for sugary neon fluff, it's awfully lightweight.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Never before in the history of cinema has a movie been so purposefully micromanaged toward a specific sub-subsection of the demographic
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
The MPAA needs another rating for movies like this, something opposite of NC-17 that doesn't allow children to see movies that could warp them. Something like NC-10, so anyone over that age is also turned away for their own good.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It'd be nice to report that this film with a still-all-too-rare female protagonist is a great time at the movies, but alas, not so much.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
[This] high-pitched, candy-colored comedy tries too hard to be fun.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
This is an ugly movie, perhaps not harmful, but certainly repulsive and hollow. Take your kids to a park or library this weekend instead of spending time with this nonsense.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
If it is narrow in its appeal, then the movie is earnest about entertaining a certain strata of kid-dom who will appreciate it more than I.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Wait a sec, does anyone, other than M.I.A. perhaps, rely so heavily and stridently as Judy does on an acronym-heavy parlance?
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
This ho-hum offshoot of Megan McDonald's book series earns negative "thrill points" as it chronicles the mirthless backyard shenanigans of a suburban Pippi Longstocking.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
The movie may be high on the junk food meter and much too frantic when chasing down runaway plot threads, but who cares. Judy's creatively rowdy alternative kid universe delights with its Juno boot camp wild tween talk lingo and cartoonesque kid satire.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A shrill, slapdash exercise in sensory stimulation that fails even as a piece of wan, moralizing entertainment.
Brent Simon - Screen International