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