Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. There's really just not a lot here. I'm sure Racer's story will entertain the very wee ones -- but so do keys.
  2. The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    There's sad news to report about The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D: Put on the cardboard glasses, and you can still see the movie.
  4. 38
    As sweet and hopeless and silly as a doting dad framing his second-grader's latest finger-painting and calling it a Matisse.
  5. The story's so sloppy that it contradicts itself constantly.
  6. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    The concept is cute and the movie starts out well, but it devolves into a muddled, overstuffed mess that wears out its welcome around the time the novelty of 3-D effects wears off.
  7. 30
    Sadly, the film's creaky, sometimes painful dialogue makes it all too easy to believe that it was genuinely co-written by a small child.
  8. 30
    Based on characters created by Rodriguez's then-seven-year-old son, Racer Max, the film doesn't belong in wide release. It belongs on a refrigerator door, alongside "100%" spelling tests, old lunch menus, and notices from the PTA.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Pretty lame. Sharkboy has an especially frantic, amateur atmosphere, with a mostly maladroit cast.
  10. Sharkboy relies almost entirely on 3-D for its kicks. The novelty, however, quickly wears thin with the thinnest of stories to project.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    One could forgive a budget this threadbare, performances this amateurish, a plot this tortuous if the 3-D effects passed the cool test. Sadly, watching ''Adventures" is an experience akin to seeing the world through dung-colored glasses.
  12. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    A bizarre, hopelessly muddled fantasy that's likely to induce utter bewilderment in its target audience.
  13. 20
    Visually undistinguished, narratively inert, populated by a cast of charmless child actors, "Sharkboy and Lavagirl," with any luck will fade quickly from theaters, memories and Rodriguez's own Things to Do Today list.
  14. The result is astoundingly boring and, frankly, tedious to sit through.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 93
  2. Negative: 42 out of 93
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    Terribly written and played with crappy CGI, "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl" is definitely one of the year's worst adult, and well as child, films. Full Review »
  2. Dec 21, 2012
    WHAT THE **** is this piece of ****? Are you kidding me?! I'm so angry it makes me bleed out of my eyeballs! Seriously, it and see for yourself how bad it is. Quick! Incinerate all the copies in the world! Full Review »
  3. May 25, 2012
    It has the imagination and the colorful visuals, but the story and characters lifelessness just makes it average and it negatively affects the experience. Full Review »