Ramona and Beezus Reviews

  • This proud graduate of the School of Cleary Classics wishes that, like the young heroine herself, Ramona and Beezus dared more often to color outside the lines.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Parents may also be happy to see a movie for children that doesn't involve wizards, vampires or action figures that can be bought in the food court.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • This new Ramona prefers mischief without real edge. You always know her parachute has a silver lining, even in an economic downturn. She is, above all, safe. And that makes her nowhere near as entertaining or enduring as the girl on the page.

    Janice Page — Boston Globe

  • A loose adaptation of Beverly Cleary's first novel in her beloved kid-lit series that's wholesome to the point of being dull.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • It won't change anyone's world, but it'll keep kids happy -- and cool -- for a couple of hours.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • [Ramona] deserves better treatment, fairer justice, than she gets in Ramona and Beezus, for no other reason than she's the best thing in it: a rambunctious, bright-eyed mighty mouse with a kaleidoscopic wardrobe and an imagination to match.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It's always a challenge for actors to meet the expectations readers have in their heads. These performances offer pleasure throughout.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Ramona and Beezus has enough charm to forgive it an unnecessary foray onto romantic-comedy turf.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • "Ramona and Beezus" is a small-scale story of life and learning, of setbacks large and small and triumphs major and minor. It is neither dark nor dour, but it also does not kid itself about the messy realities of life as part of a family.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • We no longer all watch the same TV shows, we are no longer as innocent, and the world of Klickitat is fading into timeless nostalgia. Ramona and Beezus is a sweet salute.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The movie is not bad, but it's not much.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • For the grown-ups there are sweet, sincere performances by Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh, and, as Ramona's endlessly game father, the likable John Corbett.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Director Allen, whose previous film was the uninspired mermaid saga Aquamarine, tells the Quimbys' story gracefully. She elicits remarkably honest performances from her younger stars.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Sure, the film's reality may be saccharine, but for a non-computer animated, non-3D kid's film, we'll take it.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • Mostly it's just Ramona making a mess of things, without the consequences of cleaning up afterward.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A sprightly, generic kidpic that flattens and condenses elements from Beverly Cleary's deservedly popular novels.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Child actress King is a real find; plenty of kids will be asking for a sequel.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • There are more laughs in the average episode of Gomez's Wizards of Waverly Place TV show than in this.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • This is a lively affair, largely thanks to the sweet and snappy screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay and to the appealing performances by the cast.

    Jason Anderson — Toronto Star

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