Critics are closely divided on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. It's either slightly better or slightly worse than last year's original.
Posted 03.25.11 by reelz
"Not much happens, but the young cast charms."— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"...chugs along inoffensively enough."— Ella Taylor, LA Weekly
"...blends 'Brady Bunch'-style morality with other standard-issue sitcom tropes, then redeems itself via memorable supporting characters."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"...ever-so-slightly more palatable (than the original), if only for being less of a total spazz."— Scott Tobias, Onion AV Club
"...a dull, square follow-up..."— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A year after the original film surprised adults by being a kids' movie with a degree of wit, a sequel arrives, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, that is positively wimpy."— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
When last year's Diary of a Wimpy Kid racked up $64 million at the box office on a $15 million budget, it didn't take long for a sequel to be announced.
The second live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney's hugely popular book series was given a release date in July, and right on cue from the first movie, January sees the debut of the first trailer. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.04.11 by Ryan
When the popular Web comic-turned-book series made the leap to the big screen earlier this year, the movie earned about $64 million — a big hit considering that Diary of a Wimpy Kid was made for around $15 million. So it's no surprise that a sequel is in the works. What is surprising, though, is the release date given to Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules — March 25, 2011.
The entire cast is set to return (meet them here), with filming to start next month in Vancouver. This time David Bowers (Flushed Away, Astro Boy) will direct. Posted 07.09.10 by reelz
As big fans of the book series we've previously expressed concern about the live-action adaptation. The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips does cite the live action as what removes all the books' considerable charm, but most other critics seem to like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie quite a bit.
"...it's nimble, bright and funny. It doesn't dumb down. It doesn't patronize. It knows something about human nature. It isn't as good as A Christmas Story, as few movies are, but it deserves a place in the same sentence."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a delightful movie..."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...a spry, fluffy comedy..."
— Lael Lowenstein, Variety
"...a likable movie for kids that will make adults chuckle as well because of the movie's key ingredient — wit."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Kids may love the movie, and even kids who love the books may like it. For me, though, an astonishing percentage of the books' appeal has vanished."
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Posted 03.18.10 by reelz
We got our hands on 10 new photos and seven new clips from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, opening March 19. We've consistently been a little disappointed with what's been released thus far, but not this time. There are more animated bits in the style of the books, and funny turns by the adults, particularly the scene-stealing Rachael Harris (The Hangover) who plays Greg's mom. Check them out and leave your thoughts below. Posted 03.09.10 by reelz
In the lead-up to the release of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, Fox has created a fun little tool to "wimp" yourself.
See if you can top our creation, which is a vision of Greg if he spends any more time with his rock-n-rolling older brother Rodrick. Either that or an art director at an agency near you.
And if you need a refresher on the characters, see our Meet the Cast of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Posted 03.03.10 by reelz
Four new images from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie have emerged, and they're posters of the stars: Zachary Gordon as Greg, Robert Capron as Rowley, Chloe Moretz as Angie, and Grayson Russell as Fregley. Wimp is in!
Posted 02.24.10 by reelz
Over the weekend Yahoo! posted two new clips from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie due in theaters March 19. Maybe our expectations are just too high, but based on the trailer and the clips, we're looking forward to this movie less than we were last year. What do you think? Leave a message below.
"Popularity" Posted 02.23.10 by reelz
ReelzChannel is putting the spotlight on kids books that have made the leap from the page to the big screen. Tune in Friday, February 19, at 6PM ET/ 3PM PT to see how some of today's most beloved book series have been transformed into hit movies.
ReelzChannel is on DirecTV (channel 238) and DISH Network (channel 299), as well as on your cable system. From A to Z, here's the full list of books we'll be taking a look at:
– Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) Posted 02.18.10 by reelz
– The Apple Dumpling Gang by Jack Bickham (1971)
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
– Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952)
– Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (1978)
– Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002)
– Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (series debuted in 2007)
– Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (1970)
– Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (series debuted in 1997)
– How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (2003)
– James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)
– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)
– A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1904)
– Mary Poppins by PL Travers (1934)
– Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)
– The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (1979)
– Old Yeller by Fred Gibson (1956)
– Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (series debuted in 2005)
– Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1911)
– Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (1913)
– The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
– Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss (1812)
– Where the Wild Thing Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
– The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983)
Fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series now don't have to wait quite as long to see the big-screen adaptation. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been, let's say, a little wimpy, and backed down from its scheduled April 2 box-office clash against Clash of the Titans.
Now it's set for a March 19th release date, where it will be up against softer competition like The Bounty Hunter, a rom-com starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, and The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Posted 02.03.10 by reelz