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  • Summary: In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. (20th Century Fox)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Mar 24, 2011
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Mar 24, 2011
    70
    Rodrick Rules often feels like a mainstreamed version of that wonderful short-lived television series, "Freaks and Geeks."
  3. 63
    Once it becomes clear that the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an equal-opportunity offender, and that it is the politically correct modern family that is being picked on, rather than young Greg, the film becomes cheerfully mischievous fun for everyone.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 24, 2011
    50
    The sequel, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, isn't motivated to change the formula in the least, but it's ever-so-slightly more palatable, if only for being less of a total spazz.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 24, 2011
    50
    About the most you can say for it is that it's inoffensive.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Mar 24, 2011
    50
    Chugs along inoffensively enough.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 24, 2011
    38
    You can't fault the filmmakers for reshaping a diary into a cohesive film. You can however, fault them for taking one of the great antiheroes in preteen literature and turning him into, well, an even wimpier kid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    Funny and entertaining for all ages. The critics can never give a movie like Diary of a Wimpy Kid a good review, because it would expose them as average, everyday people and not intellectually superior to the rest of us. Loded Diper rocks! Expand
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    10
    love this movie! It was great. I love the movie so much. hope they make the third movie soon! They directors just make it really good. Everybody who works their made it great! Good job! Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2011
    10
    Even funnier than the first Wimpy Kid. The filmmakers have brought Jeff Kinney's amazing books to the big screen, and it works. I went with an 8-year-old, a 22-year-old, and a forty-something; everyone of us belly laughed. It's a rare comedy that can be funny to everyone. Also, want to add this movie trusts kids to be kids. It's not like those horrible Disney sitcoms with their fake, miniature adults. These are kids being kidsy, and it is awesome. Expand
  4. May 28, 2011
    7
    I'm a huge fan of the books so I decided to watch this movie. And my verdict is, the movie was alright. When I was reading some reviews, they said the movie was actually funny. Well it wasn't the funniest movie I ever watched and to be honest, sometimes I forced myself to laugh. But I definitely enjoyed the movie anyway. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2011
    7
    This one is way better than the original, its funnier and better acting and a better plot, Rodrick is really funny, Greg is a better actor in this movie by a longshot- CAN'T WAIT FOR DOG DAYS Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2013
    6
    "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules" manages to pull off a sequel that meets its predecessors marks, but the film (like its original) lacks true depth, which is similar to the book. The film is funny Rodrick and Greg Heffley's brotherly love is fun to watch, and other characters are enjoyable as well. It's fun to watch, but nothing as special as more deepening films out there. Expand
  7. Dec 28, 2012
    0
    This movie doesn't effectively capture the dry wit of the books or the ups and downs of preteen life. What i does capture is a person with a bloody nose sneezing all over the audience. Expand

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