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Hapless preteen Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) endures bullies, swirlies, morons, and wedgies while navigating the treacherous world of middle school and recording his traumas in his personal journal in this family-oriented comedy inspired by author Jeff Kinney's best-selling series of illustrated novels. Try as he might, Greg just can't understand who thought it was a good idea to place kids who haven't even hit their first growth spurt in the same school as kids who get a five-oclock shadow by lunch time. Realizing that he'll have to get creative if he hopes to survive until high school, Greg concocts a series of get-cool-quick schemes that all go hopelessly awry. Despite the fact that he's viewed as a dork by his peers, Greg never loses hope that someday, when all is said and done, he'll be able to look back on his middle school experiences and laugh. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris co-star in this comedy from HOTEL FOR DOGS director Thor Freudenthal.
3 stars out of 5 -- "Capron is ideal as BFF Rowley and steals all the scenes he's in." - 03/19/2010 Box Office
"[A]n appealing family movie....[With] and endearing cast of characters and an energetic, if light, comic story..." - 03/19/2010 USA Today
"With its jaunty, forthright tone, the movie does a good job of being in two places at once..." -- Grade: B+ - 04/02/2010 Entertainment Weekly
"DIARY OF A WIMPY KID is a likable movie for kids that will make adults chuckle as well because of the movie's key ingredient -- wit." - 03/17/2010 Hollywood Reporter
3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t has the appeal of a Junior AMERICAN SPLENDOR, boasts moments of sharp wit and is well-played by a likable cast..." - 09/01/2010 Empire
"[W]ith a couple of amiable performances from Gordon and Capron, this is an energetic opening chapter." - 09/01/2010 Sight and Sound
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] kids movie made for kids....A telling portrait of the importance of fitting in during those confusing formative years." - 08/10/2010 Premiere
3 stars out of 5 -- "DIARY OF A WIMPY KID redeems itself with a rather sweet ending." - 03/01/2011 Total Film