Zwart pulls out enough stops in action sequences involving jet-propelled skateboards, stunt drives and mountain rescues to keep the ball rolling nicely.
Agent Cody Banks has a TV movie feel to it. The special effects are kind of hokey, the jokes pretty lame and the stunts looked like they're performed by stunt performers.
Agent Cody Banks provides the kind of high-quality entertainment one would expect in an adult action adventure that is expected to rake in major bucks.
| Original Score: 4/5
Those who aren't part of the 10- to 13-year-old target audience will probably also find it witless and derivative.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
An entertaining film for kids and young teens.
| Original Score: 2/4
A listless, tween James Bond wannabe.
| Original Score: 1/4
Too violent for children and too recycled for adults.
| Original Score: 2/5
A mundane, kid-empowerment fantasy distinguished only by Frankie Muniz's agreeable blend of haplessness and heroics.
| Original Score: C+
Banks takes a nice premise and does absolutely nothing original with it, instead burdening a plot derived from too many James Bond movies with cheap special effects and flat jokes.
| Original Score: C-
[Muniz] keeps Cody Banks watchable on energy alone but his scenes with the pallid, uncharismatic Duff are as dull as watching two actual pubescents meet at the mall.
Sorely lacking in suspense, humor or originality, Agent Cody Banks aspires to the lowest rung of the peanut gallery.
So slick and preprogrammed that even its preteen audience may dismiss it as formula.
This movie is so wearying in its mediocrity, the inappropriate Ronica almost registers as dramatic relief. I said almost.
Kids attending Agent Cody Banks won't need candy. The film itself is a 90-minute sugar rush.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Illogical, thrown-together claptrap.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
The movie will be compared with the two Spy Kids pictures, and looks more expensive and high-tech but isn't as much fun.
[Muniz] has an endearing blend of self-deprecation, innocence and smarts that works well here.
This elaborate and good-natured entertainment is never as funny as it should be, but it's also never wanting for energy.
| Original Score: 3/4
This Frankenfilm comes lumbering out of the laboratory of the Danish director Harald Zwart, any trace of personality surgically removed and replaced by a fully road-tested cliche.
| Original Score: 1/5
Agent Cody Banks may be targeted at teens, but even their grandparents might consider it fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Is it entertaining? You bet.
| Original Score: B-
Bond-worthy gadgets to see [Cody] through his first assignment, but what he really needs is a third-act rewrite.
Had the movie chosen to go the campy route, Muniz probably would have shined, using his face and vacant delivery to their fullest potential. But most of the time, everything is played ridiculously straight.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie seems to be set against the silvery backdrop of the Sharper Image catalog.
A lot more enjoyable (for kids and adults) than most of what passes as kids entertainment nowadays.
A wholly uninspired Spy Kids knockoff that squanders some decent high-tech gadgetry with its slipshod plotting and clunky pacing.