Average Rating: 4.1/10
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Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 83
Live-action cartoon for kids.
Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 27
Live-action cartoon for kids.
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 21,665
Directed by Jonathan Frakes and based on the '60s British television series of the same name, Thunderbirds chronicles the intergalactic exploits of the Tracy family. Set in 2010, the world looks toward the mysterious Tracy Island when mere international security is not enough; the remote South Pacific island not only houses former astronaut and lifelong entrepreneur Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton) and his five sons, but also serves as headquarters for the top-secret International Rescue organization.
Jul 24, 2004 Wide
Jan 21, 2003
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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.
A new and rather breathtakingly misconceived attempt to revisit a vintage TV show that did not under any circumstances need to be revisited.
This is like a C-movie version of Spy Kids. And I didn't even like Spy Kids.
Fun at times and tedious at others, it's an action-adventure fantasy aimed particularly at gadget-loving boys.
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.
The plot abounds with holes, and the dialogue is often delivered in a bland, perfunctory manner.
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.
Here the problem is compounded by the fact that few members of the target audience (kids) are even aware of the original series.
The script exploits what's probably the ultimate male child fantasy: proving to Daddy that son is worthy of hero-size respect.
A glossy, live action adventure yarn based on the 1960's British puppet TV series.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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