'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   70 reviews
  • Abby West Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Neil Genzlinger New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The execution isn't great. David Bowers, the director, allows too much hammy acting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Perfectly workable popcorn entertainment for the school holidays.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    It all makes for goofy fun, and physical comedy that will have parents rolling their eyes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Spending time with Kinney's characters has become an annual treat.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The sort of mischief that felt cutely wise-alecky up to this point often just doesn't work here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Like a kid in a mid-day algebra class, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dog Days" only wakes up for the louder, crasser jokes its pals crack.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    ...I think it's possible that all tween audiences, wimpy or not, deserve better than this.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Why are the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movies so much less fun, and funny, than the best of the books created by Jeff Kinney?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Either they're getting better as they go along, or they're wearing me down.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lael Loewenstein Variety (Top Critic)
    [It's] formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    I'd call "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" harmless if it weren't for some totally unnecessary gay-panic jokes that could actually encourage bullying.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    We jump back and forth between so many other half-hearted threads that it can feel a bit like surfing between channels that strictly show episodes of a never-made "Wimpy Kid" TV show.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The third time might not be the charm, but this harmless family comedy proves more pleasant than its episodic 2011 installment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Associated Press (Top Critic)
    The third installment in the "Wimpy Kid" franchise turns out to be not so wimpy after all.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    50
    With "Dog Days" and its been-there, done-that screenplay, the franchise takes a step backward.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    63
    With their recurring characters and suburban Anytown USA setting, these films represent a throwback to the assembly-line days of 'Andy Hardy' and 'Blondie' movies: They lack surprise but not laughs.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cynthia Fuchs Time to Play Magazine
    More efforts not to be wimpy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Perry Seibert TV Guide's Movie Guide
    63
    Dog Days doesn't have the emotional pull of the last installment in the franchise, but it's still a vast improvement over the irritating series opener.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Schembri 3AW
    60
    This third adventure holds up nicely with its breezy comic energy and kid-friendly messages about respecting people you allegedly care about.
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  • Louise Keller Urban Cinefile
    Learn from your mistakes is the theme of this endearing third film in the franchise in which the awkward, tumultuous highs and lows of pubescence continue
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune
    38
    Greg isn't just wimpy, but manipulative and selfish, and no amount of after-school-special lessons and father-son bonding in the final 10 minutes is enough to overcome that.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    50
    Sure, your kids will think it's funny. But if they've seen many movies, they're going to know they're looking at lowbrow jokes that are cheap and easily written - the kind of stuff kids tell each other in the halls at school.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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