A plucky youngster (Joey King) puts her vivid imagination and boundless energy to work as she and her big sister (Selena Gomez) try to help save their family's home.
" Child actress King is a real find; plenty of kids will be asking for a sequel. "
" It's something that you would not be unhappy seeing on television, [but] there's nothing that calls it for you to go see it on the big-screen. "
" This all sounds like uptight, grown-up nitpicking, probably. But it's also a reflection of a weakness in storytelling, which is sad given the strength of the source material. "
" Flooded with warm light and a radiant mood, Ramona and Beezus is a sunny series of charming escapades and subtle flights of fancy that capture the safe fusion of imagination and reality where all little girls should grow up. "
" Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy. "
" "Ramona and Beezus" is a small-scale story of life and learning, of setbacks large and small and triumphs major and minor. It is neither dark nor dour, but it also does not kid itself about the messy realities of life as part of a family. "
" This is a lively affair, largely thanks to the sweet and snappy screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay and to the appealing performances by the cast. "
" The resulting story is a jumble, and there are too many side characters, but golly if it isn't pretty darned infectious. "
" Honesty about the difficulties, both large and small, of being part of a family is what Ramona and Beezus does best, even if the rough and dangerous edges have been filed down. "
" Director Allen, whose previous film was the uninspired mermaid saga Aquamarine, tells the Quimbys' story gracefully. She elicits remarkably honest performances from her younger stars. "
" This new Ramona prefers mischief without real edge. You always know her parachute has a silver lining, even in an economic downturn. She is, above all, safe. And that makes her nowhere near as entertaining or enduring as the girl on the page. "
" Tenderness isn't a quality found much these days in the whirring-and-clanging busyness of family movies, which makes this G-rated gem's emphasis on emotion and heart all the more laudable. "
" Ramona and Beezus has enough charm to forgive it an unnecessary foray onto romantic-comedy turf. "
" It's always a challenge for actors to meet the expectations readers have in their heads. These performances offer pleasure throughout. "
" Sure, the film's reality may be saccharine, but for a non-computer animated, non-3D kid's film, we'll take it. "
" [Ramona] deserves better treatment, fairer justice, than she gets in Ramona and Beezus, for no other reason than she's the best thing in it: a rambunctious, bright-eyed mighty mouse with a kaleidoscopic wardrobe and an imagination to match. "
" The film tries to appeal to audiences of all ages, and for the most part "reels you in like a sea bass," as Ramona would say. "
" Parents may also be happy to see a movie for children that doesn't involve wizards, vampires or action figures that can be bought in the food court. "
" Joey King will bounce back. "
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