Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic 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: Ben Sachs
    Aug 20, 2011
    50
    The visual effects are as gleefully shoddy as ever, and the playful ideas sometimes achieve a dreamlike suggestiveness.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 19, 2011
    50
    The film is being released in both 2- and 3-D, and from what I could tell the 3-D version is still almost 50-50. What use is made of the technology is hardly worth the effort, unless you've always wanted to experience a cascade of cheesies in 3-D.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Aug 22, 2011
    42
    The fourth installment of Robert Rodriguez's franchise that keeps adding dimensions even as it loses charm would have been better titled "Spy Kids: All the Time Puns in the World."
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Aug 22, 2011
    40
    This fourth "Spy Kids" picture isn't so much bad as it is just boring, lacking the buzz and brio of even some of the earlier entries in the series. It feels like someone is now just marking time.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 20, 2011
    30
    The fall-off in sexiness, soulfulness and wittiness from Ms. Gugino and Antonio Banderas, the parents in the first three "Spy Kids" films, to Ms. Alba and Joel McHale is whiplash steep.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Aug 19, 2011
    30
    A cheap-looking, vaguely depressing echo of Robert Rodriguez's well-loved kidpic trilogy, assembled with minimal imagination or effort.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Aug 19, 2011
    30
    Arriving eight years after the lame third installment in Dimension's profitable series, this seems like far too little way too late.
  14. 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.
User Score
2.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 20 out of 27
  1. Aug 20, 2011
    2
    For once, I'm a big fan of the Spy Kids movies, all 3 of them. Although Spy Kids 3 wasn't that great for 3-D viewing just the 2-D is way better. A fourth installment with no Carmen and Juni may seem feel a little queasy and with a long set of casting, I have no other choice but to make Spy Kids: All the Time in the World needs to put this franchise into bedtime. And on second thought, a wasteless movie of the so-called "4-D" "Aroma-Scope." It will make your eyes scanned into a lava pit. Full Review »
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    1
    This movie is just very god-awful its loses the humor and the action that all spy kid movies have it is very stupid I had to watch this movie it was awful in every level story, action and elements. I loved the spy kids movies now it felt like the director was just being cheap and lazy. The actors just sounded lazy when they did this move. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    0
    I think Rodriguez was surprised that this was his movie. It loses it's Spy Kids taste with no humor (or should I say nice try at trying to be funny) and unflavored action. It also gives us awful performances by not only Alba and the family but also by the reuniting cast of the old Spy Kids, which also made the film unneccesary. Robert Rodriguez's worst direction ever. Full Review »