Fulfills kids' empowerment fantasies and features enough techno-wizardry and cool f/x to satisfy those weaned on videogames.
In terms of its family ethos, this makes an interesting comparison with the Addams Family films.
| Original Score: 3/4
As a piece of almost dadaist filmmaking, Spy Kids is great fun with its continual spirit of invention.
A fine, relatively non-violent example of pure family entertainment.
A good live-action children's movie -- a species so rare that many presumed it extinct.
One of the best kids movies in years.
It's entertaining and inoffensive, a rare combination in kids' films, which are usually neither.
A delight for 7-year-olds, their parents, and James Bond diehards everywhere.
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.
Enjoyable and charming if overactive.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Doesn't feel like it rolled off a studio assembly line.
The adventures of the Cortez family have a casual multicultural feel that is welcome.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Just wacky enough and gadget-driven enough to appeal to bored kids looking for fresh energies.
Energetic and slickly done, but also somewhat soulless.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This surprisingly entertaining movie turns the adults into kids and the kids into adults -- and everyone laughs at the talking toilet.
Spy Kids may have its faults, but, for adults, it's far from a Mission: Unwatchable.
The kids' movie kids have been waiting for.
If I were 8, I would want to see it 800 times.
Winning family film that's clever in the best kind of offhanded way.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
Wildly imaginative and funny.
Witty and hugely entertaining, Spy Kids may well wind up being one of the best movies of the year.
This is the movie that Disney's crass Inspector Gadget should have been.
Hits the screen running and never lets up.
| Original Score: B+
Spy Kids achieves the one thing Hollywood struggles to do in live action: It's a family film that's cool.