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. 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.
  2. 0
    Should have been stopped at customs -- as family entertainment, it constitutes child abuse.
  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. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Stretching what was a cute concept to the breaking point.
  5. 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.
  6. As ingenious and lively as the original film.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. In terms of inspiration or even the slightest shred of ingenuity, Banks ranks more like an 000 than an 007.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Mildly diverting caper.
  11. 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.
  12. 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").
  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. 30
    As hard as the film tries to pander, the kids at the preview screening seemed a bit disengaged.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    25
    While the canine is a scene stealer, the movie is a dog.
  17. Try as it might, this glossy action adventure isn't nearly as clever as the "Spy Kids" franchise.
  18. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    50
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    50
    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    50
    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.
  23. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    42
    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.
  24. Reviewed by: Dan Via
    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.
  25. 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.
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.