Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    38
    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.
  2. In terms of inspiration or even the slightest shred of ingenuity, Banks ranks more like an 000 than an 007.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 30
    As hard as the film tries to pander, the kids at the preview screening seemed a bit disengaged.
  6. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    25
    While the canine is a scene stealer, the movie is a dog.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    20
    Continuity errors are as numerous as product placements and though shot on location, the movie captures none of London's local color.
  9. 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).
  10. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    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.
  11. 0
    Should have been stopped at customs -- as family entertainment, it constitutes child abuse.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    3
    Predictable 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
    0
    Stands as one of the worst family films ever made.
  3. MarkB.
    Apr 12, 2004
    5
    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 »