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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,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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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: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 21 out of 29
  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 seemsIt'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 27, 2011
    7
    This was a good spy movie with cool gadgets and a decent silly story.I like the 4-D,it was wonderfull and weird with the smells.theThis was a good spy movie with cool gadgets and a decent silly story.I like the 4-D,it was wonderfull and weird with the smells.the hammerheads and the electro-whip were sweet and worthy of the action like it promised,but this movie is better than the others.that dog was the robot action hero I have seen for the story,but the ending wasn't that much of a fight. Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2011
    5
    Yes, it certainly is disappointing that Robert Zemeckis lost the magic of these movies, especially since he has had nothing to do with any ofYes, it certainly is disappointing that Robert Zemeckis lost the magic of these movies, especially since he has had nothing to do with any of them. This is unabashedly a movie made for kids. It isn't meant to be a new Kill Bill. I'm sure the target audience will love it. Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    1
    Almost thirty years ago, John Waters released a version of his absurd satire Polyester with a scratch and sniff card he called Odorama. TheAlmost thirty years ago, John Waters released a version of his absurd satire Polyester with a scratch and sniff card he called Odorama. The gimmick was a loving throwback to the 1960 film Scent Of A Mystery that was shown in Smell-O-Vision, but like most of Waters’ homages, the olfactory obnoxiousness actually fit the tone of the film. With a female protagonist cursed by an acute, almost uncanny sense of smell, a son who regularly got high on glue and a plot featuring a skuzzy porn theater and foot fetishes, those occasional whiffs of rancid putrescence were like horrifying and hilarious sniffs inside Polyester’s outlandish world. The film may not have needed Odorama, but it certainly benefitted from it. The same cannot be said for Spy Kids: All The Time In The World. Robert Rodriguez is a good director. He’s made some wonderful movies in the past, but focus has to be altered based on subject matter. Traditionally, it is better for characters to have heart and clearly defined reasons for their actions, but in a film as absurd as Spy Kids 4, those specifics don’t really need to waffle, alter and say something bigger about life. More is not always better, especially when it suffocates the joy that should be inherent in a project like this. It’s not a total loss. There are a handful of scenes in Spy Kids 4 that really do work. Somewhere, hidden beneath all the forced hugs, there’s a lot of fun to be had, but ultimately, that digging just isn’t worth it, even if you do get some cool scents along the way. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2012
    1
    disgustingly bad. So afully bad and so painful to watch that it is possibly, the 2nd. Worst Movie of the Decade (followed by GR2)..!!!!!!!!!disgustingly bad. So afully bad and so painful to watch that it is possibly, the 2nd. Worst Movie of the Decade (followed by GR2)..!!!!!!!!! And I really mean by the mother of the worst 2011 movies! Expand
  6. Aug 30, 2011
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is one of the worst films I have EVER seen. I literally fell asleep from boredom of it and that's a first. NONE of the actors can actually act and they are awful at it. The director has made an awful mess of it. For example in one scene they're all fighting, then the little girl stops and start talking and you can see that all around her the baddies are just jumping up and down on the spot. Finally, the film is just plain stupid. For example the dad actually creates a spy tracker which can actually detect real spies. That's just ridiculous. Also, in the end it wouldn't have mattered whether they had or hadn't stopped the baddie which just makes the whole thing pointless. The only good thing about this film was the talking dog. 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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