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.
| Original Score: 5/10
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.
An imaginatively joyous adventure.
| Original Score: 4/5
Both parents and kids will have a good time with this safe, action packed, entertaining, funny, and charming film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imaginativo e divertido, explora o talento de seus jovens protagonistas para criar um filme capaz de encantar toda a família.
| Original Score: 3/5
...just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids...
Not quite as charming as the first one.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's going to be a real hoot watching this duo growing up.
...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.
| Original Score: 7/10
...Adequately entertaining but nothing special. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but hey, it's August.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
Kid-friendly, fun sequel is packed with zip-bang-pow style.
It's fun to watch, if perhaps a little too heavy in the gadget department for its own good.
It's all great fun, and drives forward at a dizzying pace typical for writer-director Robert Rodriguez.