The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)



Critic Consensus: The decision to turn this kiddie fantasy into a 3-D film was a miscalculation.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

Writer and director Robert Rodriguez returns to the family-friendly adventure of his Spy Kids movies with this three-dimensional action opus. Max (Cayden Boyd) is a ten-year-old boy who doesn't get along with his peers and is constantly bullied at school. But Max has an active imagination, and he has a pair of very special imaginary playmates -- Shark Boy (Taylor Lautner), a human-shark half-breed cared for by a pack of great whites, and Lava Girl (Taylor Dooley), a girl with superpowers who can conjure heat and fire at will. Max may be a creative boy, but what he doesn't know is that Shark Boy and Lava Girl really do exist, and he is recruited to help them as they do battle against Mr. Electricity, a super-villain determined to deprive children of their sleep. Shot and originally released in the 3-D format, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl also stars David Arquette and Kristin Davis as Max's parents, and George Lopez as a schoolteacher; writer and director Rodriguez wrote the film's story in collaboration with his then seven-year-old son, Racer Rodriguez. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for mild action and some rude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Rodriguez, Marcel Rodriguez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 20, 2005
Miramax - Official Site


Taylor Dooley
as Lavagirl
George Lopez
as Mr. Electric / Tobor...
David Arquette
as Max's Dad
Kristin Davis
as Max's Mom
Jacob Davich
as Linus/Minus
Sasha Pierterse
as Marissa / Ice Prince...
Rico Torres
as Sharkboy's Dad
Rebel Rodriguez
as Sharkboy (age 5)
Racer Rodriguez
as Sharkboy (age 7)
Marc Musso
as Classroom Kid No. 1
Shane Graham
as Classroom Kid No. 2
Tiger Darrow
as Classroom Kid No. 3
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (39)

It's terrible 3-D. I think the story is terrible as well.

Full Review… | June 13, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Kids will love the 3-D aspect of this movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Robert Rodriquez continues in the vein of his "Spy Kids" films with another visually frenetic kiddie crowd-pleaser that will leave adult chaperons exiting the cinema nursing headaches.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009

The words Robert Rodriguez would come to regret saying for years to his son: "This would make a cool movie".

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A fun summer film for grade school kids, it avoids the subtle meanness and double entendres that filmmakers sometimes insert into films geared to children.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Rodriguez es un niño grande que trabaja como cineasta, pero niño al fin y al cabo. Esa es la verdadera tercera dimensión del filme, la de su corazón infantil

November 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

Robert Rodriguez you are so stupid sometimes. The plot of this movie is about a kid with shark powers and a girl with lava powers who try to save a wimpy kid. This film was truly god awful, and the only reason anyone saw it because it was 3D. Its only competition at the box office was Batman Begins..... Bwahahahahahahah, thats bearly a contest.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

You know, it seems like I lose less and less respect for Robert Rodriguez every time he tries to make a children's film. This was horrible in every sense of the word. The acting was by far the worst I've ever seen, the plot is stupid, the special affects are lame. It just has no redeeming qualities.

Lets start with the acting, though UI don;t know ehere to start considering there wasn;t a single good actor here. Let's talk about the films 2 lowlights, Cayden Boyd and Taylor Latner. Boyd is officially the worst actor I have ever seen, child or otherwise. He overacts on every line, and when he tries to get emotional? Two words. My God. Taylor Latner was pretty bad too. You can tell he was trying to be badass, like Ghost Rider or something, but it just comes out as lame and stupid.

The special affects were really bad too. In fact, they are so bad, too bad, that in one scene when the main character falls on Max's fin, it bends like cardboard.

As in most kids "superhero" films, the jokes were really bad. Especially the one scene where Sharkboy steps in chocalate. Sometimes, reverse psychology can be funny, but here? About as funny as Bob's Burgers, and they are REALLY unfunny. And finally, why did Sharkboy have to sing? I'm hoping that was a joke, because if it wasn't,...Let's just hope it is.

Bottom line, this might be even worse than Spy Kids 3.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer


great kids film with fun effects

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D on our Movie forum!