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  • Summary: On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca and Cecil, who clearly don’t want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur, wouldn’t know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissa’s a retired secret agent. Marissa’s world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world’s most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez, and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.(The Weinstein Company)

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  • Director: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 89 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 19, 2011
    67
    Far more coherent than its immediate predecessor, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D benefits greatly from its two likable young leads and some of the series' wittiest, pun-filled writing.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Aug 22, 2011
    63
    Even the use of the 3D format -- and the 4D "Aroma-Scope," which allows the viewer to enjoy various odors in sync with the film -- adds to its good-natured earnestness.
  3. 60
    Far more charming, quick-witted and high spirited than anyone could have expected...for a film that didn't screen for press. It's gimmicky up the wazoo (not just 3D, but scratch-and-sniff "Aroma-Scope" cards handed out at screenings) and it's all the better for it.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 19, 2011
    38
    Nobody has much that's funny to say or cool to do. Even the spy gadgets are lame.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 20, 2011
    38
    Alba, meanwhile, is again ridiculously shoehorned into a comedy gig, although she does have an amusing opening bit spying while nine months pregnant. If only diaper bomb gags weren't the inevitable follow-up.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 19, 2011
    33
    The Spy Kids series once seemed charmingly homemade. These days, it feels less charmingly homemade than maddeningly amateurish.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Aug 24, 2011
    20
    Even by the broad standards of children's flicks, the film's prank-prone next-gen tween spy Rebecca (Blanchard) is one monstrous brat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 20 out of 27
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    8
    It's practically impossible, 8 years after Game Over, but Robert Rodriguez makes a higher than adequate fourth instalment that still seems fresh. I don't see why this has the rating it has. Most of this is fast-paced nostalgic kiddie fare. If more kids were logged in to Metacritic, I can see a higher rating than this. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2011
    7
    I've seen better in a way none of the franchise seguencias the family managed to meet Roberto Rodriguez, the first movie was well produced, in a way, this film brings a totally new experience visual effects and content, as long shorts, their films are gone, like the movie because it is not a definitive final sequence, but a definite beginning Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2011
    5
    A very disappointing movie. After 8 years it seems that Robert Zemeckis has lost the charm of the original movies. Also, there is an extremely high overusage of CGI. About 80% of the movie is filmed in front of a green screen. Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2011
    1
    Just for kids. It was very easy to notice how bad this was. If you give this film more then one star then there is something wrong with you. One of the most fast paced films of all time. Anyone that can't see how terrible the plot is has to start watching better films. Not to mention the cheap trick to get kids to watch this by adding 4D in the title. The Aroma-Scope really wasn't necessary. The theater stinks already anyways. Why Robert Rodriguez why? You have done good films in the past. I'll have to give Robert Rodriguez credit for at least knowing how kids like there movies directed, bad, very bad. The only reason why I saw this in theaters was to see Jessica Alba's face(that's not weird). Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2011
    1
    Skip-it - This spy family film's "clever" 4-D concept with scratch-and-sniff cards might be more intriguing if the movie didn't smell like poop and puke - but maybe director Robert Rodriguez just wanted the fourth dimension to stink as bad as the other three? Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    1
    With incredibly large amounts of cheap-looking CGI, unfunny toilet humor, bland and uninteresting characters, and the fact that it has even more terribly implemented gimmicks than Game Over did (now with a repertoire of indistinguishable smells), Spy Kids 4D is proof that the franchise has seriously lost its charm and - fittingly - its identity. Stick with the first two movies, as they are vastly superior to this load of gimmicky tripe. Expand
  7. Nov 20, 2011
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Do not see this movie. This movie, is an utter disgrace to the genre of spies. The acting is downright horrible, the CG is horrible, and the jokes are utterly painful to sit through. And if people were to say to me: "Well what do you expect? Its main audience is children.", that still does not give it a free pass (No one in the theatre even laughed, not even the kids). Oh and one last thing: The villian is completely stupid. His mask is so bad that it makes me laugh to tears, and his plan, if done in reality, would bring about the end of time. Overall, it is a stupid movie. Expand

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