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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Thor Freudenthal

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Plot Summary

A live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney's best-selling illustrated novel, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" chronicles the adventures of skinny "middle child" Greg Heffley over the course of a school year, as told through his diary and hand-drawn cartoons. Determined not to remain on the lowest rung of the social ladder during his first year of middle school, the hapless Greg takes several stabs at becoming popular – including betraying his seemingly uncool best friend – but when his efforts backfire spectacularly, he realizes that keeping a low profile may not be such a bad idea after all. As Greg says, "One day I'll be rich and famous, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." Zachary Gordon as Kinney’s wise-cracking hero, Greg Heffley. Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn play Greg’s quirky parents.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 49
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Looks drab and drained of color, and can't even muster the antic buoyancy of an average episode of iCarly. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The young cast is all game, and sidekicks Robert Capron and Grayson Russell are a real hoot. Slumber party viewings are inevitable. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The problem with Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the wimpy kid is a jerk. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog. – Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Charming Comedy.

As a fan of the book series since its first release, I admit I had my doubts about the movie. But in truth, I had nothing to worry about. The movie, while many of the scenes were adapted from the book, lived up to its quality, while still giving fresh, new material that just added on to the laughs. The performances really felt accurate to the characters and really gave us a different view than just Greg's to the story. The story itself never died down and never got boring. It even had a few touching moments between the characters and still tied in to the comedy. I believe that while it didn't quite live up to the book, I still think the movie sure is good. Highly recommend.

Not as good as books.

Sure its cute, and has a lesson, but it's not as funny. The kids look like 4th graders, and the actors are cheesy. I recommend the book over the movie any day.

Mari(my name)

I'm 10 years old and I sugest that you read the books(wich are realy easy) befor waching the movie.Why...?Because then it's more understandable. I rated Diary of a wimpy kid the movie 4stars (wich I would of rated it 31/2stars but I couldn't figer out how to make a half)Because it was a good movie but had a couple realy ify parts
P.S.the wimpy kid in the movie is so much cuter then in the book not that he was ever cute in the book.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2010

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