Entertainment Weekly

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.
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Washington Post

It really captures what it feels like to be a kid.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Pete Hammond
Fox is smart to keep turning this stuff out before star Gordon grows too old for the role. He's terrific in a Leave it to Beaver way, perfectly capturing the angst of being in-betweener.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Oroves nimbler and truer to its origins than last year's "Rodrick Rules."
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Maintains the franchise's knack for getting kids right.
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Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
A half-hearted morality tale about taking responsibility for your actions as a sign of impending maturity.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Compared to the first two movie installments, this one is uncharacteristically scattershot in the life-lessons department.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unlike last year's superior "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" - which put its grade-school heroine through similarly seasonal woes - "Dog Days" squanders several chances to find something magical in the mundane.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Here and there, in the father/son scenes, you see a glimmer of an honest interaction. All in all, I'd rather watch a "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" rerun.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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54 out of 100
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