Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Reviews

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Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
October 2, 2002
... an over-the-top, kick-butt family film that leans toward the excess but is still a worthy sequel... making adults feel like kids again while making kids feel a bit more grown up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 30, 2002
Just about the surest bet for an all-around good time at the movies this summer.
September 9, 2002
It's fast-moving, overwhelming fun, full of gadgets, creatures and general whizz-bang. It could have gone disastrously wrong, but I like it.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2002
Rodriguez is a shining example of Local Boy Makes Good but we don?t want him becoming the next George Lucas, now, do we? I doubt that is the problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
D.K. Holm
DVDTalk.com
September 1, 2002
Spy Kids 2 lacks the element of surprise that delighted its original audiences.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 27, 2002
a fantastically ridiculous kids' adventure-fantasy filled with bizarre creatures, outlandish gadgets, and anything and everything else Rodriguez's supple imagination could conjure up
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 22, 2002
While not quite the pop-art spectacle of the original, Spy Kids 2's understanding that the movies children cherish most don't speak down to them makes it furious fun.
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
August 20, 2002
It is a colourful, high-flying package that melds the gadget-happy sensibilities of its Mission: Impossible-spoofing predecessor with a parade of Hollywood in-jokes sure to amuse parents without confusing kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 20, 2002
Rodriguez seems to have forgotten that making a spectacle is not the same thing as creating a sense of wonder.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
August 18, 2002
Rodriguez crams in enough exotic creatures, fancy gadgets, humor and action to make the movie's contents practically leap out of the frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 18, 2002
'Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams," is a wildly imaginative, energetic, colorful, carefree romp through a kind of magical gadget kingdom.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 17, 2002
Rodriguez does a splendid job of racial profiling Hollywood style--casting excellent Latin actors of all ages--a trend long overdue.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 16, 2002
Credit Robert Rodriguez for having his pulse on fun kid's stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
August 16, 2002
Lacks the charm and wit -- and humanity --of its predecessor. It's dispiriting.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 15, 2002
Proof that you can make a sophisticated, enjoyable movie that celebrates the intelligence of children without resorting to fart jokes or crotch injuries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
August 14, 2002
When the final credits roll, hyperactive preteens likely will be convinced they've just seen -- and desperately want to see again and again -- the coolest movie ever made.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 14, 2002
It's miraculous that writer/director/co-producer/co-composer/editor/co-cinematographer/co-designer (whew!) Robert Rodriguez was able to meet our expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 13, 2002
The charm of the first movie is still there, and the story feels like the logical, unforced continuation of the careers of a pair of spy kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 13, 2002
A great looking, trippy adventure. I can't wait for the next one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2002
I didn't like the first one enough to recommend it. I liked this one even less.
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