Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
Watch On
  1. 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").
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Try as it might, this glossy action adventure isn't nearly as clever as the "Spy Kids" franchise.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Stretching what was a cute concept to the breaking point.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Mildly diverting caper.
  11. 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.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 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 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
    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 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 »