Kathryn Schroeder of FilmFracture writes: "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is definitely a movie made for children. The subject matter is light, the laughs filled with good-hearted childishness, and the characters a tad over-the-top to keep the interest of a young child. The entire film moves quickly, keeping up with an avid imagination of a kid via playful camera techniques and (my favorite) little sound effects scattered around to mimic the images and/or action on screen. For example, when Stink tries to teach aunt Opal to drive (in his bedroom with a makeshift steering wheel and gas/brake pedals) an effect kicks in when she hits the gas that sounds just like a car engine racing down the street. These small details keep the attention of the younger viewer and also give an adult something a little more to focus on then the trials of a young girl attempting to have a fantabulous summer break. All in all, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer lives up to its title, by not being a total bummer.