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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Like choral singing and travel photography, this adventure is more fun for participants than it is for spectators.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Because the real world scenes are in 2-D and the dream and fantasy scenes are in 3-D, we get an idea of what the movie would have looked like without the unnecessary dimension. Signs flash on the screen to tell us when to put on and take off our polarizing glasses, and I felt regret every time I had to shut out those colorful images and return to the dim and dreary 3-D world. On DVD, this is going to be a great-looking movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An often imaginative though less than magical family feature.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Kids will love the 3-D aspect of this movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the line between fantasy and reality is often blurred here, so kids under 7 may be confused about what's imaginary and what isn't. There's some potty and gross-out humor involving 3-D vomiting and passing gas, and some mild action violence that's very cartoonish. One of the young characters was separated from his father. Another character appears to die, but turns out to be fine. Some of the creepy creatures (such as the Plug Hounds and the sharks) may frighten younger kids. Max is bullied by his classmates. Sensitive kids may be upset when Max's parents argue and appear to be on the brink of divorce.

  • Families can talk about the fact that this movie was based on the dreams and fantasies of the director's 7-year-old son -- which of your dreams is worthy of a movie? They could also talk about the importance of imagination and turning dreams into reality. Some kids may be inspired to start keep their own dream journal, just like Max.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some bullying, although the movie makes it clear that this isn't acceptable behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Mild action violence -- very cartoonish. A character appears to die, but turns out to be fine. Some of the creepy creatures and sharks may frighten younger kids.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Some potty and gross-out humor involving vomiting and passing gas.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue