Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 24, 2011
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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
An imaginatively joyous adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rodriguez tends to learn from his mistakes and made a truly superior film to the first.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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.
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 7, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 21, 2003
Imaginativo e divertido, explora o talento de seus jovens protagonistas para criar um filme capaz de encantar toda a família.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 14, 2003
Not quite as charming as the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
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
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
April 16, 2003
It's going to be a real hoot watching this duo growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 11, 2003
...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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Adequately entertaining but nothing special. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but hey, it's August.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 7, 2003
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.
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
November 8, 2002
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.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Kid-friendly, fun sequel is packed with zip-bang-pow style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
It's fun to watch, if perhaps a little too heavy in the gadget department for its own good.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It's all great fun, and drives forward at a dizzying pace typical for writer-director Robert Rodriguez.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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