Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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Hapless preteen Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) endures bullies, swirlies, morons, and wedgies while navigating the treacherous world of middle school and recording his traumas in his personal journal in this family-oriented comedy inspired by author Jeff Kinney's best-selling series of illustrated novels. Try as he might, Greg just can't understand who thought it was a good idea to place kids who haven't even hit their first growth spurt in the same school as kids who get a five-o'clock shadow by lunch time. Realizing that he'll have to get creative if he hopes to survive… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"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
"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
"An imaginative family film featuring a tremendously mischievous and likable lead character."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Zachary Gordon, as the wimpy kid of the title, seems to be aiming for a Ferris Buehler-esque omniscience and superiority and, while he doesn't quite pull it off all the way, I was down for his struggle."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Conveys, in a good-humoured, sharply observed way, the small, painful cruelties and unpredictable rules of early adolescence, and it celebrates awkwardness without feeling the need to convert it into cheap triumph."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Largely avoids the gimmicky saccharine aftertaste that's typical of the genre. Anyone older than the story's resident Job, however, may not find much to write home about."
‑ Lisa Rosman, Time Out New York
"The problem with Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the wimpy kid is a jerk."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"...a bottom-of-the-barrel children's movie..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A very forgettable and easily missed comedy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film retains much of the original humour, some of it well executed. It's reasonably faithful to the spirit of the books, probably because Kinney is the executive producer, but it's by no means equal to his originals."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Too soon though -- maybe 30 minutes in -- audience laughs turn to chuckles, fading to worn smiles."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"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
"If you're a parent who's been forced to sit through a barren desert of painfully unfunny family comedies, Diary will feel like an oasis."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"The characters (through no fault of the young performers) have all the personality of hand puppets."
‑ Peter Galvin, sbs.com.au
"Perceptive, funny, unusually edgy voyage into the comic travails of schoolyard politics and childhood friendship."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
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