—— The Identical Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05
—— The Remaining Sep 05

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $16.3M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11.8M
39% If I Stay $9.3M
32% As Above/So Below $8.3M
21% Let's Be Cops $8.2M
37% The November Man $7.7M
17% When The Game Stands Tall $5.6M
32% The Giver $5.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $4.6M
34% The Expendables 3 $3.5M

Coming Soon

—— No Good Deed Sep 12
—— Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12
—— Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Sep 12
100% The Skeleton Twins Sep 12
100% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Sep 12

New Episodes Tonight

88% Finding Carter: Season 1
42% Houdini: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 6
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Anger Management: Season 2
71% Dallas: Season 3
—— Mistresses: Season 2
25% Partners: Season 1
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Thunderbirds (2004)



Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 27

Live-action cartoon for kids.



liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 21,718

My Rating

Movie Info

In a family of heroes, Alan Tracy was always being left out. While his father, billionaire and former astronaut Jeff Tracy and his four elder brothers are busy saving the world, Alan's biggest challenge is saving his grade point average at boarding school. And what's worse, he can't even tell his schoolmates that his dad and brothers are better known as the fearless adventurers behind the top-secret organization International Rescue--called in to save those in need whenever disaster strikes.

Jan 21, 2003


Universal Pictures - Official Site External Icon

Watch It Now


Latest News on Thunderbirds

August 27, 2007:
Video Exclusive: Sophia Myles talks Hallam Foe with RT
We chat to the supremely lovely British actress about her latest role in David Mackenzie's new film.
June 19, 2006:
Poster Parade: "Zoom," "Bug" & "Guardian"
It's not too often I find myself looking forward to a Tim Allen comedy, but this one's about...


Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (83) | DVD (23)

There's enough special effects razzle-dazzle to distract the average ten-year-old, but the script by William Osborne and Michael McCullers is stilted and humorless -- a little camp might have helped.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

What impenetrable, overwrought codswallop this one's turned out to be.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A new and rather breathtakingly misconceived attempt to revisit a vintage TV show that did not under any circumstances need to be revisited.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This is like a C-movie version of Spy Kids. And I didn't even like Spy Kids.

August 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Fun at times and tedious at others, it's an action-adventure fantasy aimed particularly at gadget-loving boys.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Not intended for people old enough to pine for the puppets. It's for people who don't remember the first cast of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Fans of the Spy Kids series will enjoy it.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's just nothing redeeming about this movie...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The plot abounds with holes, and the dialogue is often delivered in a bland, perfunctory manner.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Ultra-campy marionettes come to blah life in director Jonathan Frakes' souped-up but poorly written adaptation of the cult English sci-fi kids' show.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source:

Kids of all sizes and genders are going to be disappointed.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The acting is (pardon the pun) wooden.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

Here the problem is compounded by the fact that few members of the target audience (kids) are even aware of the original series.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The script exploits what's probably the ultimate male child fantasy: proving to Daddy that son is worthy of hero-size respect.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

A glossy, live action adventure yarn based on the 1960's British puppet TV series.

October 24, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

An adequately entertaining flick.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

The filmmakers, clearly never having seen the original TV series, sideline the spacecraft and reduce this debacle to what essentially amounts to boys 'n' The Hood.

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

What's here is promising, but if the Thunderbirds decide to 'go' again, the filmmakers should involve the whole family, the way this story was intended to be.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source:

Contains the depth of a petri dish that's already filled to the rim.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The premise of the TV series has been abandoned just as effectively as the Tracy boys have been marooned in space for nearly the entire story

August 10, 2004 Full Review

There's no variation in tone during the gee-whiz cornball spectacle, causing the movie to meld together into an interminable and substandard action sequence.

August 10, 2004 Full Review

Director Jonathan Frakes throws lots of bright colors and weird gadgets at the audience, but none of this hides the lack of imagination at the movie's center.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Thunderbirds is just plain bad.

August 7, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Audience Reviews for Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds could have been a good movie, all it needed was say something to do with the series or a good script without simplistic dialgoue.
November 6, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Yikes! I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone attempted a live version of The Thunderbirds, interesting that that someone would be Jonathan Frakes. Gerry Anderson has said many times that he originally wanted his series to be live action but with the many special effects it involved the budget would have been huge so he decided to use puppets instead. I enjoyed all of Anderson's puppet shows when I was younger, he's got a huge cult following but what Frakes failed to realise, is that it's the puppet element that people enjoyed the most. I'm not surprised that fans were more than a little upset about this film. Firstly, the Thunderbirds aren't really in it which is a fairly unforgivable flaw (and they are all about 12 years old, what is that about?), and secondly, it's solely aimed at young kids who would be unfamiliar with the original TV series. If that wasn't enough, the main story basically involves three obnoxious kids running around shouting and 'high fiving' each other every ten minutes and a young lipstick wearing boy who has father issues. It's as awful as it sounds. That said, Bill Paxton was perfect casting considering he was portraying a wooden puppet, although the puppet in the original series was a slightly better actor.
February 28, 2011

Super Reviewer

When I was a kid, I used to watch the Thunderbirds, I thought the show was excellent, fun and Thrilling. I was a little skeptical about watching this film, as it looked like a kids film, and it also looked like the film makers didn't know what they were doing. Boy was I right. Ths film is Aan insult to the original series, and it's fans. They could've at least made a film that the whole family could love, but instead they made a crap film. With it's child oriented humour, the film is a faillure even by child oriented film standards. This film was amusing, but it wore off, and the fact that they 'reinvented' the look and style of the original series was just wrong. They could have at least try to make a film that the entire family could love, instead they simply made this film for kids, this was honestly a bad move. One of the reasons why is becase the original fans of the series were born in the 60's and grew up watching Thunderbirds, my dad grew up on it, and he made me watch it when I was a kid. Anyhow, the film is terrible because every actor here seems miscast for the part, the story is lame, and the actors are plainly silly. Ben Kingsly was a joke in this film, not even his talent could redeem such a horrid picture. I really was hoping for something terrific on screen. Instead we were given a total joke of a movie. The nostalgic feel of this film is absent. The only good thing that came out of this film is that it will reiinforce the status of the original series more. Watch the series instead instead of this filth. This is a film that should not have been made.
November 3, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Really? This is like comparing Spy Kids to Battlefield earth!
February 6, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Jeff Tracy: Thunderbirds are go!
    – Submitted by Wouter V (4 months ago)
View all quotes (1)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Thunderbirds on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

New on DVD & Blu-Ray
New on DVD & Blu-Ray

Draft Day, Universal Monsters

Box Office Wrapup
Box Office Wrapup

Guardians Tops slow Labor Day


Channing Tatum in a dark drama


Jon Stewart's political drama

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile