The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)



Critic Consensus: The decision to turn this kiddie fantasy into a 3-D film was a miscalculation.

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Writer and director Robert Rodriguez returns to the family-friendly adventure of his Spy Kids movies with this three-dimensional action opus. Max (Cayden Boyd) is a ten-year-old boy who doesn't get along with his peers and is constantly bullied at school. But Max has an active imagination, and he has a pair of very special imaginary playmates -- Shark Boy (Taylor Lautner), a human-shark half-breed cared for by a pack of great whites, and Lava Girl (Taylor Dooley), a girl with superpowers who can conjure heat and fire at will. Max may be a creative boy, but what he doesn't know is that Shark Boy and Lava Girl really do exist, and he is recruited to help them as they do battle against Mr. Electricity, a super-villain determined to deprive children of their sleep. Shot and originally released in the 3-D format, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl also stars David Arquette and Kristin Davis as Max's parents, and George Lopez as a schoolteacher; writer and director Rodriguez wrote the film's story in collaboration with his then seven-year-old son, Racer Rodriguez. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG (for mild action and some rude humor)
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family
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Taylor Lautner
as Sharkboy
Taylor Dooley
as Lavagirl
George Lopez
as Mr. Electric / Tobor / Ice Guardian / Mr. Electricidad
David Arquette
as Max's Dad
Kristin Davis
as Max's Mom
Jacob Davich
as Linus/Minus
Sasha Pieterse
as Marissa
Sasha Pierterse
as Marissa / Ice Princess
Rico Torres
as Sharkboy's Dad
Rebel Rodriguez
as Sharkboy (age 5)
Racer Rodriguez
as Sharkboy (age 7)
Marc Musso
as Classroom Kid No. 1
Shane Graham
as Classroom Kid No. 2
Tiger Darrow
as Classroom Kid No. 3
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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (34)

It's terrible 3-D. I think the story is terrible as well.

June 13, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A half-baked world no kid would want to visit.

Full Review… | June 11, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Nothing's scary, and everything's so light it's on the verge of evaporating.

Full Review… | June 11, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A movie that fails on nearly every level.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Shark Boy and Lava Girl have about as much appeal as a dogfish and a melting Barbie doll.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A rare window into a child's uninhibited imagination and protean playfulness, tricked out with tongue-in-cheek 3-D effects as seen through one blue lens and one red one.

June 10, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

Robert Rodriguez you are so stupid sometimes. The plot of this movie is about a kid with shark powers and a girl with lava powers who try to save a wimpy kid. This film was truly god awful, and the only reason anyone saw it because it was 3D. Its only competition at the box office was Batman Begins..... Bwahahahahahahah, thats bearly a contest.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

You know, it seems like I lose less and less respect for Robert Rodriguez every time he tries to make a children's film. This was horrible in every sense of the word. The acting was by far the worst I've ever seen, the plot is stupid, the special affects are lame. It just has no redeeming qualities. Lets start with the acting, though UI don;t know ehere to start considering there wasn;t a single good actor here. Let's talk about the films 2 lowlights, Cayden Boyd and Taylor Latner. Boyd is officially the worst actor I have ever seen, child or otherwise. He overacts on every line, and when he tries to get emotional? Two words. My God. Taylor Latner was pretty bad too. You can tell he was trying to be badass, like Ghost Rider or something, but it just comes out as lame and stupid. The special affects were really bad too. In fact, they are so bad, too bad, that in one scene when the main character falls on Max's fin, it bends like cardboard. As in most kids "superhero" films, the jokes were really bad. Especially the one scene where Sharkboy steps in chocalate. Sometimes, reverse psychology can be funny, but here? About as funny as Bob's Burgers, and they are REALLY unfunny. And finally, why did Sharkboy have to sing? I'm hoping that was a joke, because if it wasn't,...Let's just hope it is. Bottom line, this might be even worse than Spy Kids 3.

Marc Lewis
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer


great kids film with fun effects

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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