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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 7, 2002
Though it's competently made, Spy Kids 2 is a classic example of the too hasty sequel, a movie with few ideas and no heart.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2002
I didn't like the first one enough to recommend it. I liked this one even less.
Kit Bowen
August 9, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 24, 2011
Rodriguez seems to be trying too hard to cram in too much - more gadgets, more characters, more noise, more color. But bigger, brighter and faster isn't necessarily better.
Rob Blackwelder
August 5, 2002
...has about 3/4th the fun of its spry 2001 predecessor - but it's a rushed, slapdash, sequel-for-the-sake- of-a-sequel with less than half the plot and ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
August 6, 2002
There's no excuse for following up a delightful, well-crafted family film with a computer-generated cold fish.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 7, 2002
It's bigger, it's dumber, it's more obvious, it's less fun. It's a sequel.
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Robert Koehler
August 5, 2002
A sequel that's much too big for its britches.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 6, 2002
The sequel is everything the original was not: contrived, overblown and tie-in ready.
| Original Score: C-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 2002
To the delight of gadgetheads and the dismay of the rest of us, Spy Kids' paraphernalia is better developed and considerably more fun than its story.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
August 16, 2002
Lacks the charm and wit -- and humanity --of its predecessor. It's dispiriting.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 6, 2002
The film is bigger, louder, flashier, but gone are the elements -- such as innocent charm -- that made the original so much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 9, 2002
Cool gadgets and creatures keep this fresh. Not as good as the original, but what is...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is certainly trippy and inventive, but the film is way too long, a little too flat and not nearly as enjoyable as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Shawn Levy
August 7, 2002
This film chiefly trades on our fond memories of its original.
September 2, 2002
Rodriguez is a shining example of Local Boy Makes Good but we don?t want him becoming the next George Lucas, now, do we? I doubt that is the problem.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dustin Putman
August 7, 2002
A...more imaginative sequel...but plagued by an emptiness inside that cannot be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Spence D.
IGN Movies
August 7, 2002
With Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez has cobbled together a film that feels like a sugar high gone awry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 14, 2003
Not quite as charming as the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eva Simonich
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 9, 2002
t has a lot to look at, and enough to keep most kids appeased. But it's disappointing after such a fresh and exciting original.
| Original Score: 2/4
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