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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 45

Burdened by a rote plot and unfunny scatological humor, All the Time in the World suggests that the Spy Kids franchise has run its course.

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

Burdened by a rote plot and unfunny scatological humor, All the Time in the World suggests that the Spy Kids franchise has run its course.

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On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don't want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn't know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissa's a retired secret agent. Marissa's world is turned upside down when

Nov 22, 2011

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Rodriguez's family franchise about underage secret agents limps into its fourth installment with shiny CGI and frequent fart jokes to hold the attention spans of the underage and undemanding.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Like its predecessors, a tediously cartoonish candy-colored rollercoaster.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Rodriguez's various family-geared movies - notably the "Spy Kids'' series - have been annoying creative clunkers, the one area where doing things his way has seemed like an iffy way.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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An endless series of scatological jokes saps the charm out of nearly every scene, and there's little effort to create an interesting mystery at the movie's center.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A pleasant time-waster kids will love with a pro-family togetherness message parents can appreciate...

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This fourth "Spy Kids" picture isn't so much bad as it is just boring, lacking the buzz and brio of even some of the earlier entries in the series.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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comes with all the silliness and sugar-coated pop fanaticism that is found in Rodriguez's lesser kids films

August 24, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

No matter how many dimensions you slap on the poster, there's no accounting for lazy workmanship. Can Robert Rodriguez please make Sin City 2 now?

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Clever and strange, 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D' is a psychedelic action movie that will boggle and entertain the minds of adults and kids alike. If you like wordplay, you will like it all the more for the witty dialogue.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Rodriguez reboots his eight-years-dormant franchise, with surprisingly entertaining and loosey-goosey results

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A concatenation of scatological humor likely to keep only tiny tykes in stitches and howling away at a poop and fart jokes.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

...fairly routine fare, even for kids, and aside from cool gadgets it's just a bit dull.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Don't take your kids to see this. I never thought I would say this, but take them to see The Smurfs instead. It's a smurfload better than this pile of smurf.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Now then, what of the movie? Well, it stands a better chance of getting up your nose than crummy old AromaScope, that's for sure.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Displaying a visual flair rare for a family film, this is entertaining, escapist fun.

September 21, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The stars of the old Spy Kids movies are no longer kids, of course. Spy Kids 3D: Game Over was released way back in 2003.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time to Play Magazine
Time to Play Magazine

A nice mix of old-fashioned imagination (anagrams, pranks, secret spaces) and newfangled effects (gizmos, gadgets, graphics), it's a rollicking, never obnoxious family flick.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

... a shiny, complicated toy that's silly and doesn't really do anything, but is fun to play with.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The presence of Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino is sorely missed. Then again, more power to them for staying away from a movie that would smell in any dimension.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comment (1)
Creative Loafing

In Spy Kids 4, women are warriors and men freely cry about their fathers, and it's this inversion that made me love the movie a little bit extra.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A 3D film aimed mostly at children.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Kids will be mildly amused by it.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The mind boggles before being lulled into a stupor of inanition by this latest instalment of Robert Rodriguez's increasingly cheap-looking franchise.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Rodriguez directs the movie with his trademark kineticism, but a flimsy and uninventive script means there's little investment in the characters or their actions.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A daft plot seemingly jacked from the most brainless of Saturday morning cartoons.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

Let's do this backwards:
4-D: The "4th Dimension" - the scratch and sniff cards. Complete and utter FAILURE. Nobody in my theater could smell anything at all except the cardboard it was printed on. We might as well have been sniffing our ticket stubs. Even my daughter, who was quite excited abot the gimmick, gave up by the third "scent", handed me the card, and said "I don't need this - it doesn't work." It was a silly idea to begin with, but something kids might have gotten a kick out of... if it worked... at ALL... which it didn't.

3-D: How about the 3-D? Mostly pointless, but then again most 3-D movies are. My biggest complaint it this: Why bother making a movie 3-D, but only do parts of it? Every live-action 3D movie I've seen including this one have many scenes and shots that aren't even in 3D. You can tell when you can take off your glasses and it's a strictly 2D image. I don't mean just certain whole scenes, but even just shots within a scene. For example within one dialogue scene the 3-D was used on only about every third cut, even if it was more of the same exact shot(?) So not only are they too lazy to shoot it in 3D, but they don't even convert the whole thing.

2D: The movie itself. Harmless, simple fun for the kids, although the actual new Spy Kids don't get to do much until the last third of the movie. The biggest problem: *SPOILER ALERT* was that even from the first trailers it was obvious Jeremy Piven was the villain, much less from every single scene in the movie. Yet they make a big deal of his predictable reveal. Was anyone surprised? *END SPOILER*

All in all what could have been a decent action flick for kids (and a restart to the franchise with new kids) is mostly a dud, due in large part to the heavily promoted "aromascope" gimmick which not only wasn't good.... it didn't even work.
June 19, 2012
shiftyeyeddog

Super Reviewer

to the same standard as the rest. there were a few plot elements that made no sense, but for kids, the movie was entertaining. not as visually stimulating as the past 3 in the franchise, but overall an average kids flick.
January 30, 2012
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Being the fourth in the series written and directed once again by Robert Rodriguez it doesn't try to be a movie of its own. It makes nods to the original trilogy and let's us know this is a sequel, though at times it feels like a reboot. For reassurance Carmen (played by Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) reprise their roles as the original Spy Kids all grown up. Spy Kids 4 takes the first film and tries to replicate it by making it more lighthearting, dimwitted, and easier to follow (to some extent). The films has very cornballish dialog that will make you cringe and facepalm. But the worst thing about this film is that it likes to throw to many crude kiddie jokes at us. Barf, baby poop, and anything that's immaturely gross that can fly and smell in this 4-D adventure. If this was any other concept other than Spy Kids, and if it wasn't so dumbed down fro the kiddies, the plot would actually be a very engaging and interesting story to watch unfold. But the fact is, this is a very childish movie and can only be enjoyed by the more mature audience if you want to just let yourself go of all the ludeness and just live in the moment of the film. Watch it with NO expectations. Whether they're good or bad.
November 5, 2011
aSpaceCowboy
Johnny D.

Super Reviewer

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D is about a family out to save the world. The plot was good. Acting was good but lacking at times. Action and special effects was really good. The 4d part was not good.
September 9, 2011
erika250
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

    1. Cecil Wilson: The dog is talking.
    – Submitted by Daniela T (17 months ago)
    1. Rebecca Wilson: Good job Cecil!
    – Submitted by Daniela T (17 months ago)
    1. The Timekeeper: Time flies, when you're having fun.
    – Submitted by Jaime A (2 years ago)
    1. Argonaut: Activated!
    – Submitted by B D (3 years ago)
    1. Rebecca Wilson: Good job Cecil!
    – Submitted by B D (3 years ago)
    1. Cecil Wilson: Hammer time.
    – Submitted by B D (3 years ago)
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