Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Reviews

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Ann Donahue
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Time Out
August 25, 2007
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Denver Post
July 31, 2003
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 29, 2003
I like the movie, but hate its presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2003
[I]t's not really a movie, it's a video game that doesn't work.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
A movie that aims for the fun and sensation of being inside a video game, but not a whole lot more.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
Differs from its predecessors in some important -- and occasionally unfortunate -- ways.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 25, 2003
This third installment follows up on the thrills and dazzling visuals that charmed audiences in the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
July 25, 2003
Rodriguez may have overreached his abilities with this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2003
For those who like a plot along with their car races and lava surfing, it's game over, quickly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2003
Starts off with a burst of energy but becomes tedious midway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 25, 2003
Spy Kids 3-D is kind of exhausting, and the many-tiered virtual reality universe numbs the mind after a while. But Rodriguez manages to work in some nicely cornball messages.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2003
Two-D or 3-D, this Spy Kid would be dull in any dimension.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 25, 2003
IMAX this isn't.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 25, 2003
This is really just an excuse for blink-and -you'll-miss -them appearances by characters from the previous two films.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 25, 2003
No matter how shaky the acting gets or how threadbare the plot becomes, Spy Kids 3-D always gives you something wonderful to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 25, 2003
The story is tedious, and the dialogue can sound hokey to adult ears.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2003
While there's a certain rough charm to the handmade virtual reality world [Rodriguez] creates, the movie still has the undeniable drawback that it causes a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 25, 2003
The clever action and throwaway flights of fancy come close to making it worth the 3-D headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 25, 2003
The film itself is practically a Saturday-matinee tribute to the Atari Hall of Fame -- from Tron to Q*bert -- and almost reproduces the druggy, hyperactive 2-D world of Nintendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
July 25, 2003
The 3-D effect isn't as breathtakingly crisp as it is in James Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss for the IMAX format, but it's still a blast to experience, especially for first-timers.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 25, 2003
Spy Kids 3D races from set piece to set piece, but the combination of speed, clutter and clatter make the movie a little too forgettable.
| Original Score: C+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 25, 2003
Game Over is exactly that: a popular franchise run, if not into the ground, at least one beat beyond where it should have ended.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2003
A flat and dreary disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 25, 2003
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 25, 2003
This one, which puts the viewer right inside the video game with Juni, is also fun, although not quite as endearing and surprising as the first two outings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 24, 2003
A refreshing and imaginative sequel that's better than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
July 24, 2003
An enjoyable, noisy romp that trots out all the gimmicks that have made the format fun since its first brief crest of popularity in the early 1950's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 24, 2003
All gimmick and precious little cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2003
A good example of complex Hollywood wizardry placed in the service of sharp, intelligent family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 24, 2003
No one can say Spy Kids 3-D isn't clever in its usual gnomic fashion. But one gets the feeling that this time around, Rodriguez lets the gimmicks do most, if not all, of the work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
Kids will adore this movie -- even more than the Harry Potter series.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2003
It's The Matrix meets TRON meets Jimmy Neutron, with all the cheery (if not cheesy) evanescence of a Jolly Rancher commercial. I mean that as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2003
While the visuals have gained a dimension, the story has lost one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 24, 2003
It's the gimmick that sells. This movie without 3-D would be three times more boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 22, 2003
Rodriguez's DIY monomania ... is laudable in theory, but in SK3D he may have unwittingly found a twin in the Toymaker, trapped in his own creation.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
July 21, 2003
The quaint subgenre of 3-D cinema gets a dazzling dust-off.