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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

children & family

The hysterically funny, best-selling book comes to life in this smash-hit family comedy!

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Perceptive, funny, unusually edgy voyage into the comic travails of schoolyard politics and childhood friendship.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I'm not the target audience for this film, so if I were to be too critical, or maybe as critical as I should be, this would get a far lower grade. As it is, this is a charming and funny kid's film that's got a good message, and is definitely something everyone can relate to in some way. The kid performers are pretty good, especially Chloe G. Moretz. I friggin' love her. She's like the most talented person of her generation. I especially love the fact that her character is seen reading Allen Ginsberg in the first scene she appears in. The adults aren't oo bad, but this isn't really there movie. This is all about the kids, so they are the ones who need to shine the most. I'm gonna give this a very low B- overall, but I will say that some of this was a bit too accurate for comfort. The horrors of the awkward middle school years are depicted basically perfectly, so some of this brought back memories I'd like to forget. Despite that though, this is still okay entertainment, and perfect for a boring lazy day, especially if you're in the target audience.

- cosmo313, Saturday, October 2, 2010

2 stars

Not a film I would have ordinarily sought out, I was on a Aeroplane, so I checked it out. Diary of a wimpy kid is really just for kids but it was enjoyable enough, in fact the three young lead actors did a fine job. If I had kids, I'd be happy for them to watch!

- SirPant, Monday, September 27, 2010

3 stars

Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Chloe Moretz, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Laine MacNeil Director: Thor Freudenthal Summary: Middle school isn't all it's cracked up to be for self-described "wimpy kid" Greg Heffley, who discovers a frightening new world teeming with boys who are taller, tougher and hairier than he is -- and decides to document it all in his diary. Directed by Thor Freudenthal, this kid-friendly comedy based on Jeff Kinney's illustrated novel cast its star by asking kids to submit their auditions online. My Thoughts: "It was a cute little kids film. Funny, charming, and had a great group of kids playing some really funny characters. My nieces and nephew liked it, but when it was over they all agreed that they thought it would be funnier. Their favorite part was when the red headed little boy Fregley showed off his "secret" freckle. I must admit it was funny, and a bit creepy.. It's the kind of film that takes us grown-ups back to middle school.. All the same just different clothes and music.. definitely worth the watch if you have kids or not.."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, September 14, 2010