Spy Kids (2001)



Critic Consensus: A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.

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Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now, nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back into action. When their former colleagues, the world's most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez's are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, there are only two people in the world who can rescue them...their kids. Armed with a bag of high tech gadgets and out-of-this world transportation, Carmen and Juni will bravely jet through the air, dive under the seas and crisscross the globe in a series of thrilling adventures on a mission to stop Floop, save their parents...and maybe even the world. Sometimes the biggest heroes are the smallest ones.
PG (for action sequences and brief language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family , Mystery & Suspense
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Antonio Banderas
as Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino
as Ingrid Cortez
Alexa PenaVega
as Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara
as Juni Cortez
Alan Cumming
as Fegan Floop
Tony Shalhoub
as Alexander Minion
Teri Hatcher
as Ms. Gradenko
Cheech Marin
as Felix Gumm
Robert Patrick
as Mr. Lisp
Danny Trejo
as Uncle Machete
Mike Judge
as Donnagon/Donnamight
Johnny Reno
as Agent Johnny
Shannon Shea
as FoOglie No.1/Flower
Norman Cabrera
as FoOglie No.2/Tall & Skinny
Trant Batey
as FoOglie No.3/Too Too
Jeff Dashnaw
as Brat's Dad
Evan Sabba
as "Intruder" Spy Kid
Kara Slack
as Carmen's Friend
Ermahn Ospina
as Cab Driver
Emilio Navarro Mackissack
as Excited Kid at Playground
Evan Sabara
as `Intruder' Spy Kid
Rachel Duhame
as President's Robot Daughter
Houston Hooker
as Lisp's Robot Son
Louis Black
as Financier
Dick Clark
as Financier
Steve Havens
as Financier
Julio Villareal
as Spy Driver
Becca Rodriguez
as Spy Bridesmaid
Patricia Vonne
as Spy Bridesmaid
Julio Villarreal
as Spy Driver
Angela Lanza
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Spy Kids

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (29)

Fulfills kids' empowerment fantasies and features enough techno-wizardry and cool f/x to satisfy those weaned on videogames.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

In terms of its family ethos, this makes an interesting comparison with the Addams Family films.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As a piece of almost dadaist filmmaking, Spy Kids is great fun with its continual spirit of invention.

Full Review… | January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A fine, relatively non-violent example of pure family entertainment.

Full Review… | April 2, 2001
Top Critic

A good live-action children's movie -- a species so rare that many presumed it extinct.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

One of the best kids movies in years.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Spy Kids

Robert Rodriguez tones down on the violent and vulgar vibe he's accustomed too and trades it with fun and family-oriented adventures, and it actually pays off. Spy Kids is engaging and has enough for children as well as adults to enjoy. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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I get the feeling that at one point in Spy Kids the film makers tried to make these kids look cute and a bit more life like but somewhere I think they went wrong. Not as good as it puts itself out to be.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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usually critics judge kids movies by adult standars, but fans see kids movies for what they are. with spy kids, its the opposite. the critics get this movie, and fans are entirely too hard on it. a solid kids film that brings little ones into the same sort of fantasy that james bond does for their parents. fun and silly but full of adventure, this is a solid flick.

danny d
danny d

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