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Ramona and Beezus Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Still a pest. Read full review

3.5

Jen Yamato Profile

Sweet, clever family fun. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While its cast delivers uniformly breezy performances, most everything else about Ramona's move to the multiplex feels unremarkable.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Ramona and Beezus are undeniably cute, and the movie that bears their names tries to inject some timeliness, but what many of us will walk away from this movie thinking about are the hot father figures.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    On the other hand, this proud graduate of the School of Cleary Classics wishes that, like the young heroine herself, Ramona and Beezus dared more often to color outside the lines.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a featherweight G-rated comedy of no consequence, except undoubtedly to kids about Ramona's age.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Beloved book girl comes to life in sweet, kid-friendly tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of Beverly Cleary's classic children's books about impulsive, imaginative Ramona Quimby and her older sister Beezus (played by tween favorite Selena Gomez) is a sweet, age-appropriate story about family and friendship. The plot revolves around Ramona's father losing his job, which may resonate all too well for some families in today's economy, but the tone is light overall, and the ultimate message is that believing in yourself and the people you love can help overcome any obstacle. There are a few sad moments relating to a pet's death, as well as some mild flirting and kissing between both adult couples and a pair of teenagers. Ramona gets into her share of mischief, but she always intends well, and she apologizes when she makes mistakes.

  • Families can talk about Ramona's behavior. Does she ever mean to get in trouble/make mistakes? Why does it sometimes happen anyway?
  • What makes Ramona different from other kids? Kids: How are you different from your friends and classmates? Does that ever feel like a bad thing? How do you handle that?
  • Is Ramona and Beezus' relationship believable? How well do you get along with your sibling(s)? What are the good and bad parts about having a brother and/or sister?
  • Fans of the Ramona books can talk about how the movie compares to what they've read. Which do you like better? Why?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but kids will take away important lessons about friendship, family, and self-confidence.

  • message true4

    Messages: The movie is full of positive messages about the importance of family, believing in yourself, and being true to who you are. It embraces individuality and imagination and suggests that it's never too late to do what you love or be a better version of yourself.

  • rolemodels true5

    Role models: Sure, she's unpredictable and impetuous, but Ramona Quimby is also loyal, imaginative, hardworking, passionate, creative, and enthusiastic. Her family and friends are ultimately supportive and loving, even if they do get frustrated with her sometimes. Ramona's parents -- especially her dad -- stay upbeat despite tough circumstances; her dad offers an example of someone finding a silver lining within what seems like a pretty dark cloud.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Some slapstick falls, bumps, and bruises. A few scenes in which Ramona imagines scary things happening (thanks mostly to her sister's suggestions...). A brief kitchen fire. A pet's death is sad but handled gently.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: A few kisses and embraces between adult couples. One teenage kiss (as well as some tentative flirting). A rekindled romance is one of the movie's key subplots.

  • language false1

    Language: A few insults like "stupid" and "jerk." When Ramona wants to say a bad word, she chooses "guts."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults toast with champagne.

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