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Spy Kids (2001)

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93

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 9

A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.

97

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 1

A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 425,258

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Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now, nine years later, after their retirement, having

Sep 18, 2001

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Fulfills kids' empowerment fantasies and features enough techno-wizardry and cool f/x to satisfy those weaned on videogames.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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In terms of its family ethos, this makes an interesting comparison with the Addams Family films.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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As a piece of almost dadaist filmmaking, Spy Kids is great fun with its continual spirit of invention.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A fine, relatively non-violent example of pure family entertainment.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A good live-action children's movie -- a species so rare that many presumed it extinct.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
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One of the best kids movies in years.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The visual effects don't really hold up 10 years later, but Spy Kids is still a charming, energetic, inventive kids' flick that balances its goofier side with its a sense of dramatic maturity.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Just the right combination of fantasy and comedy.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The kids play off each other very well and never miss a beat with perfect-timed humor and acting.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This year's most unlikely-and most successful-exhilarating family-type entertainment.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The entire ensemble of old pros play their designated roles well; standing out are Cumming, whose trademark impishness fits this role like a glove; and Danny Trejo, playing a nice guy for a change and pulling it off wonderfully.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The coolest kid flick in ages.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

Spy Kids is a frivolous but fun adventure movie that will give kids thrills and adults some smiles. Everybody goes home happy.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Those expecting more than silly fun will surely be disappointed.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Pitched somewhere been the swagger of James Bond and the out there ambience of Willy Wonka, Spy Kids is a real treat.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Lively and high-spirited.

January 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Colourful, inventive, fast-moving fantasy adventure that kids will love and adults will be grateful for.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

... the nonstop action and terrifically imaginative production should make "Spy Kids" a winner with kids. Adults will enjoy it as well.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The first great movie of 2001...this is Raiders of the Lost Ark in the form of a gleefully smiling Happy Meal.

August 23, 2002 Full Review

It is 007 for kids, only better.

August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Although gadgets galore almost overwhelm the film's characters and plot, this whimsical spoof of spy thrillers offers plenty of fun for the whole family.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A don't-miss future classic, Spy Kids is aimed at children but the entire family will enjoy its pro-family message and the cheesy-fun effects that'll make you want to be a kid again.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

A movie drunk on fantasy and high on life, Spy Kids comes on the screen blazing and never lets up.

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I've been trying to think what was the last popcorn movie — let alone the last popcorn “family” movie — that was as much sheer fun as Spy Kids.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for Spy Kids

Robert Rodriguez tones down on the violent and vulgar vibe he's accustomed too and trades it with fun and family-oriented adventures, and it actually pays off. Spy Kids is engaging and has enough for children as well as adults to enjoy. 4/5
August 6, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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I get the feeling that at one point in Spy Kids the film makers tried to make these kids look cute and a bit more life like but somewhere I think they went wrong. Not as good as it puts itself out to be.
November 6, 2011
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Directors Cat

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usually critics judge kids movies by adult standars, but fans see kids movies for what they are. with spy kids, its the opposite. the critics get this movie, and fans are entirely too hard on it. a solid kids film that brings little ones into the same sort of fantasy that james bond does for their parents. fun and silly but full of adventure, this is a solid flick.
August 23, 2011
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    1. Carmen Cortez: But Felix!
    2. Uncle Felix: First of all, I'm not your uncle.
    – Submitted by Blake K (23 months ago)
    1. Carmen Cortez: Our parents can't be spies... they're not cool enough!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Gregorio Cortez: Remember when we could sense danger a mile away?
    2. Ingrid Cortez: Those were the days.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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