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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Like its predecessors, a tediously cartoonish candy-colored rollercoaster.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
A pleasant time-waster kids will love with a pro-family togetherness message parents can appreciate...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Feels more like straight-to-DVD filler than a chapter in one of the last decade's most entertaining and sophisticated family-film franchises.
Would have been better titled Spy Kids: All the Time Puns in the World.
| Original Score: C
The gadgets are a lot of fun, including a robot dog with more functions than a Swiss Army Knife, hilariously voiced by Ricky Gervais.
| Original Score: B-
Robert Rodriguez clobbers home his messages about family and quality time with such bludgeoning force that ushers should hand you a helmet to go with your 3-D glasses.
The Spy Kids series once seemed charmingly homemade. These days, it feels less charmingly homemade than maddeningly amateurish.
| Original Score: D+
A cheap-looking, vaguely depressing echo of Robert Rodriguez's well-loved kidpic trilogy, assembled with minimal imagination or effort.
Rodriguez only needs the script to take us from one gimmick to the next, and his lack of attention to it shows.
Life is too short for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D.