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Spy Kids Reviews

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
What ever happened to Robert Rodriguez?
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
...a monstrosity from the depths of Disney Channel hell, a funhouse nightmare with no apparent exit sign
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 29, 2001
Energetic and slickly done, but also somewhat soulless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 4, 2001
Best used by Planned Parenthood as a pro-contraceptive, pro-choice advertisement--the idea of hauling kids to this junk is enough to make any prospective parent think twice.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Leah Green
Kansas City Star
March 29, 2001
Meanders through an unconvincing plot that has neither the suspense of a spy film nor the emotion of a family film.
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 29, 2001
A preposterous collection of sight gags and lame special effects that doesn't amount to much of anything.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 29, 2001
Utterly devoid of any real originality or charm, and so loaded down with clumsy effects it's an ordeal to sit through. Every step of the way, it feels like just what it is: a merchandising devise.
| Original Score: C-
Sherri Winston
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 30, 2001
A turgid adventure tale caught somewhere between family comedy and spy spoof.
Michael Thomson
BBC.com
April 16, 2001
The action itself -- despite some bright, funny moments -- is often quite ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2001
Rodriguez exhibits extraordinary imagination for a grown-up.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 30, 2001
A treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 2, 2001
A fine, relatively non-violent example of pure family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 3, 2001
It has just the right combination of giddy fantasy, exciting adventure, wonderful special effects, and sly comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Just the right combination of fantasy and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ted Murphy
Baseline.Hollywood.com
May 6, 2001
Spy Kids is flat out a good time for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 30, 2001
The strong family relationship that gives Spy Kids its real charm.
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
April 3, 2001
Every so often a family movie comes along that will appeal to the whole family, and Spy Kids is one of those.
| Original Score: 72/100
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 26, 2001
Spy Kids achieves the one thing Hollywood struggles to do in live action: It's a family film that's cool.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2001
In the end, all the clever parts of Spy Kids don't quite fit together ... but we hardly notice because of the movie's inventiveness, sense of fun and faith in the heart and brains of its audience.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 26, 2001
A family film that proves surprisingly distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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