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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Stuffy noses. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Time hasn't expired for this franchise. Read full 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
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Arriving eight years after the lame third installment in Dimension's profitable series, this seems like far too little way too late.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The fourth installment of Robert Rodriguez's franchise that keeps adding dimensions even as it loses charm would have been better titled "Spy Kids: All the Time Puns in the World."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Positive messages can't save worst film in action series.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the Spy Kids series (the first in 3D) features the same level of action/fantasy violence as the previous versions, with an added dose of toilet humor thanks to the Baby Spy. The language is unremarkable save for a couple of insults ("butt head," etc.) and the famous "shi...take mushrooms" line from the other movies. There's more noticeable product placement here than in the first three films (particularly car companies and Apple computers), as well as many more scatological jokes. Overall, though, the message is positive and family focused: Don't waste time or delay what's important.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about time management and family unity. How do the characters all make choices that show they've learned the big lesson?
  • Do you think the movie's violence has less impact because it's cartoonish and no one seems to really get hurt? Is unrealistic violence less disturbing?
  • How does the movie compare to the other Spy Kids films? Do you think the series should continue?
  • How is Cecil's hearing depicted? Do his hearing aids affect him negatively or positively?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Rodriguez' movies are all about entertainment.

  • message true4

    Messages: The movie's overall message is a positive one -- that you should never put off spending time with the people you love or doing what's truly important, because time goes by quicker than you imagine. Even the villain's message is that people deserve to be punished for "wasting time." Several characters reinforce the theme that if you don't spend time wisely, you'll live with regret.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The Wilson parents prioritize their families over their jobs, and the kids learn to stop mistreating their stepmother. Juni and Carmen stop bickering to work together as a spy "team" again. Cecil has hearing aids, but the fact that he's hard of hearing is never portrayed as an impairment -- if anything, his aids give him an edge.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish violence and action sequences in which people fall but aren't fatally injured. No one bleeds or dies in the action scenes, even though the agents are using hand-to-hand combat, martial arts, and high-tech gadgets to fight their enemies. The kids use mechanized weapons that include an electrified lasso or whip and special gloves that can do serious damage.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: A husband and wife share a couple of kisses and some embraces. Marissa and Carmen wear form-fitting, occasionally cleavage-revealing outfits and skin-tight spy uniforms.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild insults include "butt head," "bobblehead," and a brattily uttered "STEP-mother." Carmen says the memorable "shi...take mushrooms" (a reference to the exclamation in previous installments). A few utterances of "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Several products and designer brands are prominently featured, including car companies Mercedes (and its subsidiary Smart Car), Mustang, and Mazda; the ubiquitous Apple computer; and some watch companies.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue