The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: D+
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Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 13, 2005
It's terrible 3-D. I think the story is terrible as well.
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 12, 2005
A half-baked world no kid would want to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 11, 2005
Nothing's scary, and everything's so light it's on the verge of evaporating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
A movie that fails on nearly every level.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 10, 2005
Shark Boy and Lava Girl have about as much appeal as a dogfish and a melting Barbie doll.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
A rare window into a child's uninhibited imagination and protean playfulness, tricked out with tongue-in-cheek 3-D effects as seen through one blue lens and one red one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2005
Parental pride may have clouded Rodriguez's judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2005
The movie is unbelievably ugly. The garish colors Rodriguez loves so much wash out in 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 10, 2005
You can't get this kind of full-on sensory-jolt anywhere else, not legally anyway.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
June 10, 2005
It's pretty clear that all those terrific ideas could use a little discipline and maturity before they ever amount to a truly great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 10, 2005
The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 10, 2005
Squinting through cardboard glasses you get at the door, you see washed-out colors, blurred images and not enough pop-out to merit the trade-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 10, 2005
For a movie aimed at children, Shark Boy and Lava Girl is gloomy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 10, 2005
Great effort for a kid, perhaps, but not worthy of the big screen box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 10, 2005
It's not just that this fable about a picked-on kid whose dreams come true is an excruciatingly dumb kids' movie. It's that it returns us to the bad old days of 3D, when the images were rendered too murky to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 10, 2005
Watch this movie and you wonder: How did it get made?
| Original Score: D
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2005
Not only is it empowering to kids just learning to trust their own ideas, but, like Spy Kids, it reminds kids that fighting is not always the answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 10, 2005
Sounds like a grand old time -- a hip fusion of Nickelodeon attitude, the wittier children's books, and retro kitsch culture. In fact, it's a nearly unwatchable combination of the worst elements of all three.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2005
Bizarre and (if you can endure the glasses) visually interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2005
It's hard to argue that a film won't capture a kid's imagination when it comes from a kid's imagination. But I will argue nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2005
An innocent and delightful children's tale that is spoiled by a disastrous decision to film most of it in lousy 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
June 9, 2005
Robert Rodriguez's muddled adventure movie is based on characters and themes created by his son, Racer Max, when he was 7.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 9, 2005
There's sad news to report about The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D: Put on the cardboard glasses, and you can still see the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2005
While the digital backdrops are suitably out of this world, the movie lacks action and momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 9, 2005
Robert Rodriguez's intentions seem honorable: to make a charming, low-tech, 3-D movie for children, based on the writings of his preteen son. But the result is astoundingly boring and, frankly, tedious to sit through.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 9, 2005
Strikes a nice balance of gee-whiz fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humor.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2005
Visually, the film is impressive. Rodriguez has an incredible imagination and the computer skills to bring it to vivid life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 9, 2005
Rodriguez, whose prankish production design was the real star of the original Spy Kids, has become a prisoner of his 3-D mandate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 9, 2005
[A] slight but immensely enjoyable charmer.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2005
A strenuously merry, digitally produced folly that cavorts weakly like a parent over-involved in his kid's playtime.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
June 7, 2005
Based on characters created by Rodriguez's then-seven-year-old son, Racer Max, the film doesn't belong in wide release. It belongs on a refrigerator door, alongside '100%' spelling tests, old lunch menus, and notices from the PTA.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 6, 2005
An often imaginative though less than magical family feature.