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Agent Cody Banks Reviews

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Frank Ochieng
March 25, 2003
Although director Harald Zwart does fortify this intentionally cheesy high-tech showcase with a sledgehammer of energetic flair and silliness, his juiced-up narrative cannot overcome the inevitable comparisons to the far superior Spy Kids flicks.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
March 25, 2003
...Presents passable entertainment for most anyone under 12-but that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 22, 2003
Every fun moment is cancelled out by an unimpressive action scene, or the painful over-acting of several cast members.
| Original Score: 63/100
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 21, 2003
The premise and the casting are pure kids' stuff, but Zwart and company have littered the film with enough adult images to merit a PG-13 rating.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
March 20, 2003
Fairly typical and overly gadget-oriented spy business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 20, 2003
In this generation of family-friendly secret agents, Cody Banks is agreeably entertaining, better than the first Spy Kids, not as good as the second and not nearly as clever as Cats & Dogs.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 18, 2003
Agent Cody Banks has a TV movie feel to it. The special effects are kind of hokey, the jokes pretty lame and the stunts looked like they're performed by stunt performers.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 17, 2003
A high element of sleaze and a low element of intelligence.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Susannah Gora
Premiere Magazine
March 17, 2003
Believe it or not, the action sequences are pretty darn great, from nicely choreographed fights (against school bullies, of course) to nail-biting chases on snowboards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
March 17, 2003
This sure isn't a movie for kids. Director Harald Zwart is obsessed with Angie Harmon's cleavage. It's as if he couldn't decide whether to rip off James Bond or "The Graduate."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 16, 2003
One of the more satisfying youth romps in recent memory.
Eric D. Snider
March 16, 2003
Unfortunately for Agent Cody Banks, someone already made a movie about spy kids, and it was called 'Spy Kids.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dustin Putman
March 14, 2003
A wasteful, if painless, diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Blake French
March 14, 2003
Although the original Spy Kids worked, Agent Cody Banks proves that things seldom taste as good a second or third time.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 14, 2003
Overall, the film will probably be enjoyable for younger viewers -- especially fans of Muniz -- but otherwise isn't as successful at putting the spy kid through the teen years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
March 14, 2003
The concoction doesn't taste like anything special, but a has refreshing hint of sweetness.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
March 14, 2003
Agent Cody Banks provides the kind of high-quality entertainment one would expect in an adult action adventure that is expected to rake in major bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 14, 2003
Dedicated to helping kids make a transition, smoothing the way between Boy's Life readers and Maxim readers.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 14, 2003
Those who aren't part of the 10- to 13-year-old target audience will probably also find it witless and derivative.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2003
An entertaining film for kids and young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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