Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Reviews

  • 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

  • (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer movie review at New York Times)

    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

  • (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer movie review at Variety)

    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

Top Movies