Spy Kids Reviews

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March 27, 2009
Fulfills kids' empowerment fantasies and features enough techno-wizardry and cool f/x to satisfy those weaned on videogames.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
In terms of its family ethos, this makes an interesting comparison with the Addams Family films.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
As a piece of almost dadaist filmmaking, Spy Kids is great fun with its continual spirit of invention.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 2, 2001
A fine, relatively non-violent example of pure family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
March 30, 2001
A good live-action children's movie -- a species so rare that many presumed it extinct.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
March 30, 2001
One of the best kids movies in years.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2001
It's entertaining and inoffensive, a rare combination in kids' films, which are usually neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 30, 2001
A delight for 7-year-olds, their parents, and James Bond diehards everywhere.
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 30, 2001
A virtual eruption of special effects and sorcery, borrows a little here and a little there from a lot of espionage thrillers, which may amuse parents.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 30, 2001
Enjoyable and charming if overactive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 30, 2001
Doesn't feel like it rolled off a studio assembly line.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 30, 2001
The adventures of the Cortez family have a casual multicultural feel that is welcome.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 30, 2001
A winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 30, 2001
A treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 30, 2001
Just wacky enough and gadget-driven enough to appeal to bored kids looking for fresh energies.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 29, 2001
Energetic and slickly done, but also somewhat soulless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 29, 2001
This surprisingly entertaining movie turns the adults into kids and the kids into adults -- and everyone laughs at the talking toilet.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 29, 2001
Spy Kids may have its faults, but, for adults, it's far from a Mission: Unwatchable.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
March 29, 2001
The kids' movie kids have been waiting for.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 29, 2001
If I were 8, I would want to see it 800 times.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2001
Winning family film that's clever in the best kind of offhanded way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2001
The children's thriller Spy Kids is just a glorified gizmo movie, but, as directed by the semigrown up Robert Rodriguez, the gizmos have a loopy, babes in toyland vivacity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 29, 2001
What's most impressive about this tale of pint-sized secret agents is how expertly it brings the action-adventure genre down to size without being the least bit patronizing.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 29, 2001
Wildly imaginative and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
March 29, 2001
Witty and hugely entertaining, Spy Kids may well wind up being one of the best movies of the year.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2001
This is the movie that Disney's crass Inspector Gadget should have been.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 29, 2001
Hits the screen running and never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 26, 2001
Spy Kids achieves the one thing Hollywood struggles to do in live action: It's a family film that's cool.