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  • Summary: Ramona's vivid imagination, boundless energy, and accident-prone antics keep everyone she meets on their toes. But her irrepressible sense of fun, adventure and mischief come in handy when she puts her mind to helping save her family’s home. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Refreshingly anti-princess and sweet without degrading into sugary, Ramona and Beezus animates Ramona's frequent flights of fancy with DIY-like sequences that literalize, quite charmingly, how a kid colors the world.
  2. The overall tone of the film is sunny, with Ramona and Beezus resiliently turning life's lemons into lemonade.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
    While it isn't the only adaptation to give flesh (or ink) to Cleary's indomitable misfit, it's the most accessible retelling to date.
  4. It won't change anyone's world, but it'll keep kids happy - and cool - for a couple of hours.
  5. While its cast delivers uniformly breezy performances, most everything else about Ramona's move to the multiplex feels unremarkable.
  6. 50
    Ramona and Beezus the movie, should not be confused with "Beezus and Ramona'' the book.
  7. 40
    Wholesome to the point of being dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. MaryL.
    Jul 24, 2010
    I love it!! Gomez,Corbett, King, Duhammel all cast sweet and funny real family movie so good.
  2. Aug 9, 2012
    movie is predictable and cheezy but somehow it was good. I loved how they kept focus on ramona most of the time. I am not a fan of Taylor Swift but her song on this somehow turned out to be my favorite song. It is my most listened song in my collection. Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    It is utterly predictable, but the film is surprisingly well acted by the young Selena Gomez, it is funny, and is undeniably sweet. I give this surprisingly good movie 78% of a good movie. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Jul 24, 2010
    Since "Ramona and Beezus" blandly stays within the parameters of a G rating, it's only inevitable that the contemporization of the 1955 young adult novel by Beverly Cleary would dislocate the sisters from their modern-day setting, especially Beezus(Selena Gomez), a girl out of time whose innocence wouldn't be so distracting had the film not saddled the Quimby clan with a real world problem. The recession and the fallout resulting from dad(John Corbett) being laid off from his job(marital squabbles, home foreclosures) entails that the characters act accordingly to their period. When the Cleary novel was published, boys and girls in America went steady; they hung out at malt shops and drive-in theaters, and never broached the subject of sex. That's the world Beezus belongs to; the filmic world of mythical teenagers which Peter Bogdonavich's "The Last Picture Show"(and more recently Gary Ross' "Pleasentville") put an end to, in which "Ramona and Beezus" revives, through the reactionary quality of the teenaged girl's chasteness. To a great extent, generative naivety was largely a filmic reality(which the Kinsey Reports of 1947 & 1953 proved), a product of the church's then-monolithic influence on people's lives(see Giesuppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso"). Presented as a secular film, "Ramona and Beezus" beats a Christian heart. To see such unworldliness engendered in attractive, seemingly well-rounded adolescents, where a good friend flirts uncertainly with Beezus(before a lemonade stand, no less) like a nine-year-old boy stricken with puppy love, can't help but distract the moviegoer. Maybe Beezus is supposed to be plain-looking; maybe that would have lessened the estrangement. A less beautiful actress can get away with a line like, "Who could ever love a girl named Beezus?" but not Gomez. The declaration comes amidst the older sister's exasperation with having a sibling like Ramona(Joey King) who always has to be the center of attention. It's the plaintive cry of an ugly duckling, not a sperm magnet. The name "Beezus" makes Beatrice feel unattractive, a name that the younger Quimbly girl saddled her with. When Ramona chops up a couple of hot dogs for dinner, the seemingly innocuous action suggests a real Ramona and a real Beezus underneath their studio-mandated ciphers, a sisterly dynamic more in line with the Wiener girls from Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse", made obscure by the G rating. When boy and girl finally do kiss, it's the latter who makes the first move, which finally brings "Ramona and Beezus" up-to-date with cultural and societal norms, because, according to Nicolas Cage in Francis Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married", "that's a guy's move." Expand
  5. Oct 17, 2011
    I was suprised how Selena Gomez could actually act throughout this boring, cheezy movie. She aced her part more than any other actor in "Ramona and Beezus". However, that's the sole good thing the film can boast about. Expand
  6. Jan 15, 2011
    From what I've heard this movie is based on a BEST-SELLING book. If that's the case I'm assuming the book is actually very good. But unfortunately this movie is mediocre at best. For most of the movie, there isn't that much happening really. It's quite boring. Just an ordinary young girl and her family going through their regular everyday routine. Nothing out of the ordinary happening. Yeah, the father gets laid off and it sparks drama in the family. But in this day and age and in recession, it happens to most people. Still nothing out of the ordinary really. In other words, the story is not very interesting at all. The daydreaming parts is actually the best part of the movie because it offers an accurate depiction of a child's imagination. Furthermore the daydreaming parts are the only part of movie where the story goes a little deeper. The rest of the story is very slow moving and isn't very deep at all. There are many EXCELLENT movies which consists of slow moving stories (like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for example). But the difference is the story is very deep and original and keeps the audience interested. That's absolutely not the case with this movie. Expand
  7. Reviewer
    Jul 25, 2010
    Selina Gomez cannot act AT ALL! So why even cast her in films?

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