Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. -- (C) Fox

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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
"Even though this new movie is under another director, it feels very much like the first film. The characters are great, being both relateable and extreme."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"I'm not asking for Citizen Kane here, but just a wisp of expansion to the characters, an actual narrative that the film can walk down, or just some sort of ambition to the whole project would not have gone amiss."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"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
"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
"Apparently seventh grade doesn't pack as much potential for amusing, scarred-for-life trauma as sixth grade."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Maintains the good-natured, playful and zany spirit that made that first movie one of the better non-fantasy-related kid films out there."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Essentially a feature-length sitcom episode, but it's often laugh-out-loud funny, and it respects its young audience."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The physical comedy will have the typical 10-year-old and some grown-ups cackling with glee."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"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 pre-teen cast seems rudderless, without an interested hand guiding them into worthwhile comedic performances."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"A colourful, good-hearted romp with some memorable set-pieces and decent lines, crisply directed by David Bowers."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"A U-certificate adventure that all of the family can enjoy together, with some cute little bits of animation thrown in for good measure."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
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