Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Abby West
    Aug 1, 2012
    83
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Aug 2, 2012
    75
    It really captures what it feels like to be a kid.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Aug 5, 2012
    70
    It's the latest installment in what now forms a lightly likable trilogy of films based on Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid books.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Aug 3, 2012
    70
    Fox is smart to keep turning this stuff out before star Gordon grows too old for the role. He's terrific in a Leave it to Beaver way, perfectly capturing the angst of being in-betweener.
  5. 70
    Oroves nimbler and truer to its origins than last year's "Rodrick Rules."
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 1, 2012
    67
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is probably the most inoffensive kid's film you're likely to see this summer. And that's a good thing.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 1, 2012
    67
    Genial and pleasant to a fault, the film could benefit from a little more personality.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 2, 2012
    63
    Maintains the franchise's knack for getting kids right.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Aug 5, 2012
    60
    Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 3, 2012
    60
    Director David Bowers' story is straightforwardly -- almost unimaginatively -- approached. But, armed with a talented cast and Kinney's chuckle-generating source material, it functions nicely as a sort of big-screen "Wonder Years" for Millennials.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 2, 2012
    60
    It's perfectly workable popcorn entertainment for the school holidays.
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 2, 2012
    60
    The best of the lot. It's not great, but the mean-spiritedness that permeated the first film and stuck around a bit for the second is mostly gone.
  13. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Aug 2, 2012
    60
    Formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films, picture finds the chronically underappreciated Greg facing a summer break replete with parental expectations and anxiety over his first crush.
  14. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Aug 1, 2012
    60
    Greg avoids the curse of the three in the third outing for the Wimpy Kid. Hardly groundbreaking but plenty of fun for its target audience.
  15. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jul 28, 2012
    60
    Childminders rejoice: the formulaic but family-friendly series is back and it's business as usual.
  16. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 2, 2012
    50
    Ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl.
  17. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 2, 2012
    50
    The film is more a patched-together collection of anecdotes than a coherent story, and some of Greg's tribulations, like fear over a high dive and an amusement-park ride, don't seem age-appropriate for a boy who has just finished seventh grade.
  18. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 2, 2012
    50
    Compared to the first two movie installments, this one is uncharacteristically scattershot in the life-lessons department.
  19. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 2, 2012
    50
    A half-hearted morality tale about taking responsibility for your actions as a sign of impending maturity.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 2, 2012
    40
    Unlike last year's superior "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" - which put its grade-school heroine through similarly seasonal woes - "Dog Days" squanders several chances to find something magical in the mundane.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 2, 2012
    38
    Here and there, in the father/son scenes, you see a glimmer of an honest interaction. All in all, I'd rather watch a "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" rerun.
  22. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 3, 2012
    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.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Aug 5, 2012
    10
    the best of the three. was so funny and greg is still very good. better than the dark knihght rises big time and its the best of 2012. goodthe best of the three. was so funny and greg is still very good. better than the dark knihght rises big time and its the best of 2012. good graphics and good acting. this is a graet movie Full Review »
  2. Aug 3, 2012
    9
    The best of the Wimpy Kid movies. I was smiling and laughing throughout the entire movie. It's hilarious and brings several life lessons forThe best of the Wimpy Kid movies. I was smiling and laughing throughout the entire movie. It's hilarious and brings several life lessons for kids to the table. The cast, as always, did a fantastic job. If you enjoyed the other Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies you'll enjoy this. Hilarious and one of the best movies of the year. Full Review »
  3. Aug 11, 2012
    10
    The best of the three! Dog Days delivers much more of a sentimental lesson but still pushing in the vast amount of fun and awesomeness theThe best of the three! Dog Days delivers much more of a sentimental lesson but still pushing in the vast amount of fun and awesomeness the series needs. Full Review »