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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Just the right combination of fantasy and comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
The kids play off each other very well and never miss a beat with perfect-timed humor and acting.
Fulfills kids' empowerment fantasies and features enough techno-wizardry and cool f/x to satisfy those weaned on videogames.
This year's most unlikely-and most successful-exhilarating family-type entertainment.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The coolest kid flick in ages.
In terms of its family ethos, this makes an interesting comparison with the Addams Family films.
Spy Kids is a frivolous but fun adventure movie that will give kids thrills and adults some smiles. Everybody goes home happy.
| Original Score: B-
Those expecting more than silly fun will surely be disappointed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Pitched somewhere been the swagger of James Bond and the out there ambience of Willy Wonka, Spy Kids is a real treat.
Lively and high-spirited.
| Original Score: 7/10
Colourful, inventive, fast-moving fantasy adventure that kids will love and adults will be grateful for.
| Original Score: 3/5
... the nonstop action and terrifically imaginative production should make "Spy Kids" a winner with kids. Adults will enjoy it as well.
The first great movie of 2001...this is Raiders of the Lost Ark in the form of a gleefully smiling Happy Meal.
It is 007 for kids, only better.
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.
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.
A movie drunk on fantasy and high on life, Spy Kids comes on the screen blazing and never lets up.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: A