'Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules' Critic Reviews

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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    They've wimped out.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    About the most you can say for it is that it's inoffensive, which isn't necessarily what you want in a movie about the humiliations of being a seventh grader with a bullying older brother.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Funnier and faster than its charming predecessor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    None of it amounts to belly-aching laughs, but Rodrick clicks in much the way A Christmas Story became a cult hit, by viewing the world through the eyes of an ordinary kid.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Credit Bowers and company, finally, for making some good calls about where to follow the leads furnished to them by the book and the first movie, and where to get creative.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ella Taylor Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Shifting from the original's focus on the experiences of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) at the ignored-runt end of middle school to domestic tyranny at the hands of his bullying big brother (Devon Bostick, a fledgling Jeff Goldblum) is ill-advised.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Somehow feels even thinner than the black-and-white line drawings that fill Kinney's books and are used here in the title sequence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    Rodrick Rules marks an improvement on the original Wimpy Kid, but it still has a mean streak a mile wide.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    Sequels, like younger brothers, often struggle to form their own identity. Happily, this hotly awaited follow-up to last year's hit adaptation of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Wimpy Kid book series establishes its own charming reason for being.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    0
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    I didn't laugh much, nor did my 10-year-old companions, but nobody had their soul crushed by the experience. This is the film industry's Hippocratic oath: First, crush no souls.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Here's a tween comedy you don't have to be a tween to enjoy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Lacks much of the mischievous, subversive appeal of last year's debut film...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    It's still not all that great, but at least this time around lessons are learned and, yes, there occasionally is something to laugh at.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    Endearing underdog hero Greg Heffley returns for another year of middle-school humiliation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    Apparently seventh grade doesn't pack as much potential for amusing, scarred-for-life trauma as sixth grade.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    The smart dialogue and kid's-eye-view of the torments of school life remain as satisfyingly amusing as the first outing, but this Wimpy Kid is slightly off-kilter.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    25
    Inane and exasperating and hard to watch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A somewhat witty kids movie falls victim to sequelitis.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is full of lively slapstick.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    60
    The physical comedy will have the typical 10-year-old and some grown-ups cackling with glee.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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