'Ramona and Beezus' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   87 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Nothing to frighten the horses, as they say, or interest or entertain them much, either.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dan Kois Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A loose adaptation of Beverly Cleary's first novel in her beloved kid-lit series that's wholesome to the point of being dull.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    It won't change anyone's world, but it'll keep kids happy -- and cool -- for a couple of hours.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    [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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    It's always a challenge for actors to meet the expectations readers have in their heads. These performances offer pleasure throughout.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Ramona and Beezus has enough charm to forgive it an unnecessary foray onto romantic-comedy turf.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    "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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The movie is not bad, but it's not much.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    Sure, the film's reality may be saccharine, but for a non-computer animated, non-3D kid's film, we'll take it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Mostly it's just Ramona making a mess of things, without the consequences of cleaning up afterward.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    A sprightly, generic kidpic that flattens and condenses elements from Beverly Cleary's deservedly popular novels.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Child actress King is a real find; plenty of kids will be asking for a sequel.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    There are more laughs in the average episode of Gomez's Wizards of Waverly Place TV show than in this.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jason Anderson Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    The resulting story is a jumble, and there are too many side characters, but golly if it isn't pretty darned infectious.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Katie Hewitt Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The film tries to appeal to audiences of all ages, and for the most part "reels you in like a sea bass," as Ramona would say.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The cinematic adventures of Beverly Cleary's pint-sized big dreamer comes up short on scope and imagination.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    This all sounds like uptight, grown-up nitpicking, probably. But it's also a reflection of a weakness in storytelling, which is sad given the strength of the source material.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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