Parents' Guide to

Ramona and Beezus

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

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

Movie G 2010 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 70 parent reviews

age 10+

The pet cat dies 😔

The cat dies and the dad loses his job but it’s a great movie to watch but the older sister is not very kind either so it’s not the best movie but it’s worth watching anyway

age 6+

Best family movie we've watched in a while!!

It's a challenge to find quality films suitable for the whole family, but we LOVED this movie. Hubby and I watched this with our strong-willed 8 yr old daughter, and to say that we related to Ramona's struggles is a huge understatement. John Corbett is outstanding as the dad who loses his job but sets a positive example with his attitude and outlook. We cherished the portrayal of this loving dad-daughter relationship. I will definitely watch this again with my daughter. Joey King is superb as Ramona. Sandra Oh is hilarious as the strict and standoffish teacher. This film took us through an emotional range of highs and lows appropriate for a young audience, and depicts how loving family bonds can weather the storm no matter what life brings. To me, this is some of the highest quality content I've seen in a while, and I'm puzzled why it doesn't have better reviews overall. The plot, dialogue, acting and cinematography are a caliber way, way above the typical Spy Kids-type movie. Highly recommend!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (70 ):
Kids say (80 ):

This book adaptation might not break any cinematic molds, but it's gentle, upbeat, and kid-friendly -- and that goes a long way. Fans of Beverly Cleary's beloved children's books about Ramona will quickly realize that Ramona and Beezus combines elements from more than one of them; the central job-loss storyline comes from Ramona and Her Father, while other incidents are borrowed from different books in the series. But while it may frustrate purists, the blending doesn't make the movie any less sweet or charming. Much of that is thanks to King -- she sells Ramona's particular mix of earnestness and mischievousness perfectly. You always believe her when she says she's sorry for her latest misadventure ... even though you know another one is just around the corner.

The rest of the cast is fine; Moynahan's character isn't particularly well developed, but Corbett's Mr. Quimby is warm and relatable -- his relationship with Ramona is one of the nicest things about the movie. Gomez, who's sure to be a big draw for tween fans (and also sings a song on the movie's soundtrack album), is cute as the often put-upon Beezus, and Duhamel is quite charismatic as reformed committmentphobe Hobart.

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