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88
It's nimble, bright and funny. It doesn't dumb down. It doesn't patronize. It knows something about human nature.
83
Does a great job of being in two places at once: In the head and gangly bodies of kids, and in the hearts of those of us who have survived grades 6-8.
75
Crass, gross and juvenile in all the best (and worst) ways, Diary is aimed squarely at a tween "don't touch the cheese" demographic. And if you don't get it, maybe you're just too old for a good booger joke.
70
A likable movie for kids that will make adults chuckle as well because of the movie's key ingredient -- wit.
63
"Who wants to see a movie about a kid who's stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?" Thanks to an endearing cast of characters and an energetic, if light, comic story, we do.
63
The movie has workmanlike, uninspired direction from Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs), who gets an especially lovely performance from Capron.
63
Miami Herald
A passable adaptation of Kinney's novel, but no replacement for the real thing. Read the book, then see the movie.
63
An above-average and sometimes surprising kid movie.
50
The writing is funny during individual moments, but the cumulative result is a bit depressing, with a surprising amount of negativity.
50
This year-in-the-life comedy will appeal mostly to its target audience -- the boys of middle school, USA -- and frankly, that's all it needs. Who else would appreciate the idiocy of social pressure,
40
On the page, it's a funny little snapshot of the preteen mind, ruled by prevailing forces of fear and aggression, yet still given to silliness and lowbrow yuks. In a movie, however, Greg's thoughts are made painfully literal, so instead of being a reflection of his hyperactive imagination, they're grotesque cartoons standing in for real life.

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