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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 133
Fresh: 99 | Rotten: 34

Though the concept is no longer fresh, Spy Kids 2 is still an agreeable and energetic romp.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 9

Though the concept is no longer fresh, Spy Kids 2 is still an agreeable and energetic romp.

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The prepubescent, globetrotting, super-spy sibling duo from director Robert Rodriguez's surprise 2001 hit Spy Kids is back to save the world for a second time in this bigger-budget, larger-scale sequel. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams opens with our heroes Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara), now official OSS agents, in the midst of another crisis situation: They have to reclaim to the powerful Transmooker Device from the clutches of those who might try to use it to permanently

Feb 18, 2003

$85.6M

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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (34) | DVD (22)

Rodriguez seems to be trying too hard to cram in too much - more gadgets, more characters, more noise, more color. But bigger, brighter and faster isn't necessarily better.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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Rodriguez seems to have forgotten that making a spectacle is not the same thing as creating a sense of wonder.

August 20, 2002
Washington Post
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I didn't like the first one enough to recommend it. I liked this one even less.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Given the appeal of his first movie, Rodriguez had a big act to follow. Spy Kids ' progeny, though slightly lacking in the warmth of the first, should no doubt please audiences.

August 9, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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With Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, the Spy Kids franchise establishes itself as a durable part of the movie landscape: a James Bond series for kids.

August 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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There's enough here to keep the sequel rocking, providing you can leave the adult in you at the door.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is certainly trippy and inventive, but the film is way too long, a little too flat and not nearly as enjoyable as the original.

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

An imaginatively joyous adventure.

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

Rodriguez tends to learn from his mistakes and made a truly superior film to the first.

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

Following up his enormous hit from last year, writer-director Robert Rodriguez does the impossible -- he makes a big Hollywood sequel into a personal pet project.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The best example in recent memory of what happens when an independent-minded director is allowed to exercise his talents with the backing and support of a Hollywood support system.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

How fitting that the subtitle of this sequel is Island of Lost Dreams, for Rodriguez has let his vivid imagination run even more amok in waking, cinematic life.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Rodriguez's movie, jammed with gizmos and visual effects, looks more like a bigbudget extravaganza from a Hollywood studio than a relatively modest $40 million movie.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Imaginativo e divertido, explora o talento de seus jovens protagonistas para criar um filme capaz de encantar toda a família.

August 21, 2003
Cinema em Cena

...just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids...

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

Not quite as charming as the first one.

July 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The only thing we don't know after watching Spy Kids 2 is whether Robert Rodriguez's constantly churning brain leaves him any time to sleep at night.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

It's going to be a real hoot watching this duo growing up.

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

...not quite up to the originality of the first film, but its sheer exuberance is good enough to keep youngsters enthralled and most adults at least mildly entertained.

February 11, 2003
Movie Metropolis

...Adequately entertaining but nothing special. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but hey, it's August.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

James Bond for kids, Spy Kids 2 is an energetic, inventive and zappy adventure filled with colour, gadgets and larger than life characters. It's a blast of a movie.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Even bigger and more ambitious than the first installment, Spy Kids 2 looks as if it were made by a highly gifted 12-year-old instead of a grown man.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

Kid-friendly, fun sequel is packed with zip-bang-pow style.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

It's fun to watch, if perhaps a little too heavy in the gadget department for its own good.

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

It's all great fun, and drives forward at a dizzying pace typical for writer-director Robert Rodriguez.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Rodriguez's sequel to the family-fun adventure expands even more and is visually advanced. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams goes beyond its normal concept and is loosely yet efficient. With a much more expanded cast of supporting actors and its usual charm makes for a slight improvement than its predecessor. 4.5/5
August 6, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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A marginal improvement on its predecessor but its still lacking any charm and like the first it isn't that exciting
November 6, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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as good as the first if not slightly better. the monsters were a fun touch, and the furthering of the OSS storyline with the kids division was fun as well. cheesy, but fun to watch with the kids.
August 26, 2011
sanjurosamurai
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    1. Carmen Cortez: Well, there it is.
    2. Juni Cortez: How do you know?
    3. Carmen Cortez: 'Cause it's big, and weird, and in the middle of the room.
    – Submitted by Rich B (2 years ago)
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