Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. 100
    There are no boring, expository sequences; no depressing, grown-up politics. Instead, Rodriguez gifts us with a kaleidoscope of energy and invention.
  2. The nuttiest big-screen video game you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing somebody else play.
  3. 80
    One of the best part 3's ever made, and Rodriguez's knack for concocting the most imaginatively deranged children's entertainments since "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" remains unassailed.
  4. 80
    Filled with video-game in-jokes, Spy Kids 3 comes roaring to life in action scenes based on different gaming genres, each of which takes full advantage of the 3-D effects.
  5. A good example of complex Hollywood wizardry placed in the service of sharp, intelligent family entertainment.
  6. Rodriguez manages to work in some nicely cornball messages (family togetherness and forgiveness is good, Stallone doing comedy is bad) and theatergoers get to walk out with their very own way-cool cardboard anaglyphic eyeglasses.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Amid the razzle-dazzle, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is sweetly inspiring.
  8. 75
    In a summer in which every blockbuster is zealous to be a video game, Rodriguez, with a wink, has produced his own.
  9. It's ''The Matrix'' meets ''TRON'' meets ''Jimmy Neutron,'' with all the cheery (if not cheesy) evanescence of a Jolly Rancher commercial. I mean that as a compliment.
  10. Bears a wealth of imaginative riches and a signature mix of outre personalities and gadgets.
  11. Rodriguez has a sure sense of scale and pacing as well as an artisan's relaxed control of the material.
  12. 63
    The filmmaker's imagination is too rich for Spy Kids 3-D to be written off as a failure. But it's too bad that while the visuals have gained a dimension, the story has lost one.
  13. 63
    Easily the slightest and most frenetic entry in the trilogy. But it might also turn out to be the fan favorite, because the movie is nothing but eye candy and visual sensation.
  14. Stay through to the end credits, where the two child protagonists (Sabara and Vega) are shown as they were then and as they are now. Rodriguez's best achievement is in spotting the innate talent that would shine through in those two kids.
  15. 63
    It's an awkward technique that outlived its usefulness more than four decades ago. I like the movie, but hate its presentation.
  16. 60
    An enjoyable, noisy romp.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    It's hard to dislike a movie this light-hearted, but there's something terribly ephemeral about it as well; it's a film of complete weightlessness.
  18. Aims for the fun and sensation of being inside a video game, but not a whole lot more.
  19. 60
    Some viewers will miss the warmth and boisterous family dynamics of its predecessors.
  20. In sum, it's a quintessential summer film, especially if you're 8 years old and in the mood for a quick dose of mindless fun.
  21. Starts off with a burst of energy but becomes tedious midway through.
  22. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, is still offbeat, but more in the sense of unco-ordinated than syncopated.
  23. Good intentions are no substitute for good filmmaking, and Spy Kids 3D is nothing more than a retread in flashier clothing.
  24. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    SK3D, alas, banks it all on a dead-end VR aesthetic, albeit one emitting a certain black-hole fascination.
  25. A movie designed to wow winds up feeling cold, not, ya know, cool; the charm of the 2001 original has been decimated, its heart replaced with a microprocessor.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    Its visual thrills are chilly and wearying compared with the other films' quirky humanity. It's not a megamovie; it's a Sega movie.
  27. 40
    Overall it's a harmless disappointment, hampered by the thin story and a surprisingly dreary looking video-game setting, heavy on the floating platforms, cartoony future-cityscapes and goofy gadgetry.
  28. The climax, like the film itself, is big, loud, and looks cool enough, which is what we’ve come to expect from summer movies … but not from Robert Rodriguez.
  29. 38
    Robert Rodriguez has somehow misplaced his energy, his flair and his humor in this third film, which is a flat and dreary disappointment.
  30. 38
    Combined with the eyestrain produced by the cheap cardboard 3-D glasses, the resulting vertigo is decidedly unpleasant -- although having moon rocks and blobs of cream pie flying out from the screen is kinda cool in a retro way.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 38
  2. Negative: 11 out of 38
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    4
    Spy Kids gets worse and worse with every new installment: the acting, the plot, the dialogue. The only thing that gets better is the special effects. Apparently, that is all people care about anymore. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2011
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The idea of 3-D is wisely used for "Spy Kids 3-D", but the other components, such as the story or acting, kinda lowered the bar for this film. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2010
    9
    it beats the second movie in just one shot and its an excellent movie in 3D.