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  • Director: Kevin Allen
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Mystery, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 100 min
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. As ingenious and lively as the original film.
  2. 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").
  3. 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.
  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. In terms of inspiration or even the slightest shred of ingenuity, Banks ranks more like an 000 than an 007.
  6. 30
    As hard as the film tries to pander, the kids at the preview screening seemed a bit disengaged.
  7. 0
    Should have been stopped at customs -- as family entertainment, it constitutes child abuse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. 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. Collapse
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2012
    0
    Stands as one of the worst family films ever made.

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