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2002 3.0/5 IMDb 5.1/10 (45k) PG HD 100 minutes

Spy kids Carmen and Juni Cortez team up with two other pint-size secret agents, Gary and Gerti Giggles, in order to take on an evil scientist.

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Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi, Mike Judge, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Matt O'Leary, Emily Osment, Ricardo Montalban, Holland Taylor, Alan Cumming Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Action Comedies, Children & Family Movies, Movies for ages 5 to 7, Movies for ages 8 to 10, Family Features, Family Adventures, Family Comedies, Comedies

Languages: English, Spanish

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Given the appeal of his first movie, Rodriguez had a big act to follow. Spy Kids ' progeny, though slightly lacking in the warmth of the first, should no doubt please audiences.

Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2002-08-09

 

With Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, the Spy Kids franchise establishes itself as a durable part of the movie landscape: a James Bond series for kids.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2002-08-09

 

You don't have to be a child to enjoy Spy Kids 2, but it certainly helps.

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, 2002-08-09

 

There's enough here to keep the sequel rocking, providing you can leave the adult in you at the door.

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2002-08-09

 

Director Robert Rodriguez has once again caught lightning in a bottle.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2002-08-09

 

Manages to be wholesome and subversive at the same time.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2002-08-07

 

The continued good chemistry between Carmen and Juni is what keeps this slightly disappointing sequel going, with enough amusing banter -- blessedly curse-free -- to keep both kids and parents entertained.

Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2002-08-07

 

For Spy Kids 2 the seams are well-hidden and a more relaxed Rodriguez is inside working his feng-shui mojo, rearranging rooms to widen the flow of inspiration. The result is a truly daft but wholly organic world fueled by free association.

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2002-08-07

 

Lacks the inspiration of the original and has a bloated plot that stretches the running time about 10 minutes past a child's interest and an adult's patience. But it also has many of the things that made the first one charming.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2002-08-07

 

Robert Rodriguez follows up his 2001 smash with another comic fantasy that'll please adults as much as kids.

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2002-08-07

 

The imagery snaps and pops with such jumpy, carefree energy that the movie seems to be making itself up as it goes along.

Gene Seymour, Newsday, 2002-08-07

 

[Spy Kids 2] is both overblown and overlong compared to the original -- but happily has enough heart and smarts to recommend it as one of the season's worthier family entertainments.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2002-08-07

 

Spy Kids 2 also happens to be that rarity among sequels: It actually improves upon the original hit movie.

Kevin Courrier, Globe and Mail, 2002-08-07

 

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.

Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2011-10-24

 

Rodriguez seems to have forgotten that making a spectacle is not the same thing as creating a sense of wonder.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2002-08-20

 

I didn't like the first one enough to recommend it. I liked this one even less.

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, 2002-08-12

 

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.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2002-08-07

 

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.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2002-08-07

 

Leaves you wishing Rodriguez had saved some of his ideas for another movie. There's a difference between fast-paced and chaotic, and Spy Kids 2 often blurs the line between the two.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2002-08-07