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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

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



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 99

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


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 27

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



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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

Sep 20, 2005


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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (99) | DVD (13)

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

June 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A half-baked world no kid would want to visit.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Nothing's scary, and everything's so light it's on the verge of evaporating.

June 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A movie that fails on nearly every level.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Kids will love the 3-D aspect of this movie.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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

No amount of bells & whistles can salvage a screenplay this half-baked.

September 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

A movie for kids, by kids, even if Rodriguez was there for a little bit of technical supervision.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

We find only disjointed clamor and confusion amid a babble of noise and flashing lights. The movie seemed to me little more than a clever afternoon special.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

My 3-year-old kept his glasses on through most of the film, he remembered characters' names and he didn't potty in his pants. That alone is worth the price of admission.

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

Avoid like Sharkboy-infested waters.

August 27, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

Reminds us, unequivocally, why 3-D failed to catch on. "Special" effects notwithstanding, this Robert Rodriguez quickie is strictly for the younger set.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

Robert Rodriguez' paternal love for his son is admirable - but not if you have to pay the price of admission to this fumbling fiasco.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

What a strange, disappointing, technically disastrous movie.

June 27, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

As Sharkboy, a young oceanographer raised by talking sharks, Lautner is a rare standout -- a child actor with a dark side.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times | Comment (1)
New Times

Considering the fact that Sharkboy and Lavagirl is packed wall-to-wall with fantastic worlds of imagination, I'd rather have seen them in [full] color than in 3-D.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

evokes a dream world to such a degree that it may evaporate from memory soon after you leave

June 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

The juvenile inspiration gives the film its creative spark, making it the coolest home movie project imaginable for a father and son.

June 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

This may be the worst movie of the year!!! IK!!!

June 16, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

While the movie is far from perfect, overall it's a worthy attempt.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Against the rest of Rodriguez's work, it's mostly forgettable. But it gives you the feeling he's probably a pretty cool dad.

June 14, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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

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.
May 20, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

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great kids film with fun effects
February 4, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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The 3D effects are gimmicky, the story is kinda lame, and in my opinion, Robert Rodriguez's worst family movie of all time. But a good family movie.
June 15, 2010
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