Based on novels by Jeff Kinney.
" The sort of mischief that felt cutely wise-alecky up to this point often just doesn't work here. "
" Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters. "
" We jump back and forth between so many other half-hearted threads that it can feel a bit like surfing between channels that strictly show episodes of a never-made "Wimpy Kid" TV show. "
" The third time might not be the charm, but this harmless family comedy proves more pleasant than its episodic 2011 installment. "
" Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion. "
" The execution isn't great. David Bowers, the director, allows too much hammy acting. "
" Real emotions get expressed. Real family harmony emerges. "
" Old-fashioned and small in scale, the movies sometimes feel like after-school specials from a bygone era, which is part of what makes them so endearing. "
" I'd call "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" harmless if it weren't for some totally unnecessary gay-panic jokes that could actually encourage bullying. "
" Spending time with Kinney's characters has become an annual treat. "
" Either they're getting better as they go along, or they're wearing me down. "
" It all makes for goofy fun, and physical comedy that will have parents rolling their eyes. "
" The third installment in the "Wimpy Kid" franchise turns out to be not so wimpy after all. "
" Why are the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movies so much less fun, and funny, than the best of the books created by Jeff Kinney? "
" Like a kid in a mid-day algebra class, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dog Days" only wakes up for the louder, crasser jokes its pals crack. "
" It is less unified and more predictable than its predecessors, and doesn't play to all the franchise's earlier strengths. "
" Ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl. "
" ...I think it's possible that all tween audiences, wimpy or not, deserve better than this. "
" Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation. "
" [It's] formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films. "
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