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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Reviews

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 24, 2011
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I didn't like the first one enough to recommend it. I liked this one even less.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 12, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today

August 9, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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You don't have to be a child to enjoy Spy Kids 2, but it certainly helps.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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There's enough here to keep the sequel rocking, providing you can leave the adult in you at the door.

| Original Score: B

August 9, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Director Robert Rodriguez has once again caught lightning in a bottle.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Manages to be wholesome and subversive at the same time.

August 7, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The continued good chemistry between Carmen and Juni is what keeps this slightly disappointing sequel going, with enough amusing banter -- blessedly curse-free -- to keep both kids and parents entertained.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2002
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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For Spy Kids 2 the seams are well-hidden and a more relaxed Rodriguez is inside working his feng-shui mojo, rearranging rooms to widen the flow of inspiration. The result is a truly daft but wholly organic world fueled by free association.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 7, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lacks the inspiration of the original and has a bloated plot that stretches the running time about 10 minutes past a child's interest and an adult's patience. But it also has many of the things that made the first one charming.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Robert Rodriguez follows up his 2001 smash with another comic fantasy that'll please adults as much as kids.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 7, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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To the delight of gadgetheads and the dismay of the rest of us, Spy Kids' paraphernalia is better developed and considerably more fun than its story.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Though it's competently made, Spy Kids 2 is a classic example of the too hasty sequel, a movie with few ideas and no heart.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2002
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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The imagery snaps and pops with such jumpy, carefree energy that the movie seems to be making itself up as it goes along.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 7, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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[Spy Kids 2] is both overblown and overlong compared to the original -- but happily has enough heart and smarts to recommend it as one of the season's worthier family entertainments.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Leaves you wishing Rodriguez had saved some of his ideas for another movie. There's a difference between fast-paced and chaotic, and Spy Kids 2 often blurs the line between the two.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2002
Kevin Courrier
Globe and Mail
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Spy Kids 2 also happens to be that rarity among sequels: It actually improves upon the original hit movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 7, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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A fantastical fun house of a film, one that freely, joyfully, considerately expands upon themes set forth in last summer's sleeper family audience hit.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

August 7, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If you saw last summer's Spy Kids, then Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams will surely be on your agenda. If you didn't, and you see the sequel, you can safely add to that agenda a trip to the video store for the original.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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It's refreshing to see a kids' action movie in which the most crucial 'special effect' is a rubber band.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The sequel is more adult than its predecessor, but just as gadget-packed and action-filled.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 7, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The movie is a gaudy, noisy thrill ride -- hyperactive, slightly out of control and full of kinetic, mischievous charm.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though Spy Kids 2 has a touch of sequel-itis, it is still imaginative, smart and stands on its own.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 6, 2002
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Spy Kids 2 is loose and lively and appeals to the kid in all of us.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A

August 6, 2002
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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The film is bigger, louder, flashier, but gone are the elements -- such as innocent charm -- that made the original so much fun.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

August 6, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The sequel is everything the original was not: contrived, overblown and tie-in ready.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

August 6, 2002
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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The poised Vega and pleasingly phlegmatic Sabara are resolutely uncute performers, and the reach-out-and-touch-it gadgetry carries a homey scent of proactive nostalgia.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 6, 2002
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The rare sequel that magnifies the scope of the original without diminishing the fun.

August 6, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The byplay and bickering between the now spy-savvy siblings, Carmen (Vega) and Juni (Sabara) Cortez, anchor the film in a very real and amusing give-and-take.

August 6, 2002
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A sequel that's much too big for its britches.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 5, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The antics are a tad more frantic, and the gizmos work overtime, as if ... Robert Rodriguez felt the hot breath of el diablo on his neck. On the other hand, the inventiveness is still superior and the network of fiends and family is extended.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 1, 2002
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