Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. As ingenious and lively as the original film.
  2. 63
    Apart from funny supporting work by the inventor of the Mind Control and the guy in the "Q" role, the movie is pretty routine.
  3. With lots of cool gadgets, plenty of silliness and a clever concept guaranteed to appeal to preteens, this should be an unflagging, high-octane romp.
  4. Muniz is quite winning as a plucky teen who is constantly being thrown into situations over his head. But the usually reliable Anthony Anderson e-mails in his performance as Cody's handler.
  5. 50
    Kids should be reasonably diverted for a couple of hours, but odds are they'll have forgotten the whole thing by the next morning.
  6. Try as it might, this glossy action adventure isn't nearly as clever as the "Spy Kids" franchise.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Stretching what was a cute concept to the breaking point.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mildly diverting caper.
  9. So the movie's OK in spots, but it's mostly so familiar that even the young target audience may get that deja vu feeling.
  10. 50
    Muniz has better secret-agent toys to play with, funnier lines and sidekicks helping him out, and a bit more discerning director in Kevin Allen ("The Big Tease").
  11. If you have a low opinion of the first "Cody Banks," and your kids drag you to this one, you may be tempted to do some food-flinging of your own.
  12. At bottom, there's just too much spy in young Cody, and too little kid. The writers might've taken (another) page from the ''Spy Kids'' playbook and infused the action with youth relevance.
  13. Given the great premise and characters inherited from the first film, it's surprising that this sequel fails to match its predecessor's appeal. The humor is silly, broad, and surprisingly generic.
  14. 40
    Muniz has a great face and body for physical comedy, but the numerous one-liners shoehorned into the script fall flat, unassisted by Anderson's numbing “street” ad-libs.
  15. It's a movie, and certain liberties are bound to be taken, but having Derek stop a moped-driving Brit on the street by pulling out some sort of identification and yelling, "CIA, I need your moped!" is not the way.
  16. In terms of inspiration or even the slightest shred of ingenuity, Banks ranks more like an 000 than an 007.
  17. 30
    Mr. Allen's work is compromised by an apparent inability to match his shots in a spatially coherent fashion. It's never easy to tell who is chasing whom and in which direction, a needless confusion that dampens many of the thrills and scuttles quite a few gags.
  18. 30
    As hard as the film tries to pander, the kids at the preview screening seemed a bit disengaged.
  19. 30
    Opens with its snazziest effects sequences and gets cheaper from there, as if studio executives were constantly scaling back the budget as the filmmakers went along.
  20. After 90 minutes of diligently searching the premises of ACB2, no evidence of mass entertainment can be found. Recommend cancellation of all future similar missions.
  21. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    While the canine is a scene stealer, the movie is a dog.
  22. Everything about Agent Cody Banks 2 reeks of hurry-up and make this movie before its kid star Frankie Munoz loses his pubescent looks (it’s already borderline).
  23. 20
    Continuity errors are as numerous as product placements and though shot on location, the movie captures none of London's local color.
  24. 20
    It's hard to despise a movie with the balls to posit that its Blair-look-alike PM has been brainwashed by a corrupt CIA operative, but Banks 2 is really pretty hateful.
  25. 0
    Should have been stopped at customs -- as family entertainment, it constitutes child abuse.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    Predictable and juts like the first one, Cody Banks numero dos is even worst than the original (no surprise).What it lacks is a steadyPredictable and juts like the first one, Cody Banks numero dos is even worst than the original (no surprise).What it lacks is a steady premise, and it seems like there is nary one to be found. Just because it's new doesn't mean its good. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2012
    Stands as one of the worst family films ever made.
  3. MarkB.
    Apr 12, 2004
    If you liked the original, you'll probably like this one, yada yada yada. A few brief observations: the flood of product placements If you liked the original, you'll probably like this one, yada yada yada. A few brief observations: the flood of product placements (excessive even for a 2004 major studio film!) is surpassed only by a surfeit of continuity flubs and self-contradictions. One example: the exploding Mentos (see what I mean about product placement?) that blow up when chewed; in one sequence, one of the good guys attempts to dilute their effect--BY CUTTING THEM UP??? I loved the little actress who played the Indian music student, and the wonderful, tremendously underrated comic actress Cynthia Stevenson, whose role as Cody's clueless mom is limited here to the first and last few minutes of the movie, illustrates once again that old saying about silk purses and sow's ears. Full Review »