The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Reviews

July 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: D+
July 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 13, 2005
It's terrible 3-D. I think the story is terrible as well.
June 12, 2005
A half-baked world no kid would want to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 11, 2005
Nothing's scary, and everything's so light it's on the verge of evaporating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2005
A movie that fails on nearly every level.
June 10, 2005
Shark Boy and Lava Girl have about as much appeal as a dogfish and a melting Barbie doll.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 10, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2005
Parental pride may have clouded Rodriguez's judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 10, 2005
The movie is unbelievably ugly. The garish colors Rodriguez loves so much wash out in 3-D.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 10, 2005
You can't get this kind of full-on sensory-jolt anywhere else, not legally anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2005
It's pretty clear that all those terrific ideas could use a little discipline and maturity before they ever amount to a truly great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2005
The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 10, 2005
Squinting through cardboard glasses you get at the door, you see washed-out colors, blurred images and not enough pop-out to merit the trade-off.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 10, 2005
For a movie aimed at children, Shark Boy and Lava Girl is gloomy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2005
Great effort for a kid, perhaps, but not worthy of the big screen box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2005
It's not just that this fable about a picked-on kid whose dreams come true is an excruciatingly dumb kids' movie. It's that it returns us to the bad old days of 3D, when the images were rendered too murky to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 10, 2005
Watch this movie and you wonder: How did it get made?
Read More | Original Score: D
June 10, 2005
Not only is it empowering to kids just learning to trust their own ideas, but, like Spy Kids, it reminds kids that fighting is not always the answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 10, 2005
Sounds like a grand old time -- a hip fusion of Nickelodeon attitude, the wittier children's books, and retro kitsch culture. In fact, it's a nearly unwatchable combination of the worst elements of all three.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 9, 2005
Bizarre and (if you can endure the glasses) visually interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2005
It's hard to argue that a film won't capture a kid's imagination when it comes from a kid's imagination. But I will argue nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2005
An innocent and delightful children's tale that is spoiled by a disastrous decision to film most of it in lousy 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 9, 2005
Robert Rodriguez's muddled adventure movie is based on characters and themes created by his son, Racer Max, when he was 7.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 9, 2005
There's sad news to report about The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D: Put on the cardboard glasses, and you can still see the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2005
While the digital backdrops are suitably out of this world, the movie lacks action and momentum.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 9, 2005
Robert Rodriguez's intentions seem honorable: to make a charming, low-tech, 3-D movie for children, based on the writings of his preteen son. But the result is astoundingly boring and, frankly, tedious to sit through.
June 9, 2005
Strikes a nice balance of gee-whiz fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humor.
June 9, 2005
Visually, the film is impressive. Rodriguez has an incredible imagination and the computer skills to bring it to vivid life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 9, 2005
Rodriguez, whose prankish production design was the real star of the original Spy Kids, has become a prisoner of his 3-D mandate.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 9, 2005
[A] slight but immensely enjoyable charmer.
June 8, 2005
A strenuously merry, digitally produced folly that cavorts weakly like a parent over-involved in his kid's playtime.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 7, 2005
Based on characters created by Rodriguez's then-seven-year-old son, Racer Max, the film doesn't belong in wide release. It belongs on a refrigerator door, alongside '100%' spelling tests, old lunch menus, and notices from the PTA.
June 6, 2005
An often imaginative though less than magical family feature.