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4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 152 Ratings

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  1. May 25, 2012
    5
    It has the imagination and the colorful visuals, but the story and characters lifelessness just makes it average and it negatively affects the experience.
  2. MalcomM.
    Oct 25, 2005
    5
    Hey, whaddya expect from a 'child-at-heart' daddy & his teeny-weeny-year-old son movie collaboration? A cute cupcake movie, hehe. Still, its sweetness will probably last only for awhile before your tummy starts grumbling for a heavier and more savoury desert. The 3d effects does look gimmicky and cheezy, but i understand it was all made in the name of fun. The execution of the Hey, whaddya expect from a 'child-at-heart' daddy & his teeny-weeny-year-old son movie collaboration? A cute cupcake movie, hehe. Still, its sweetness will probably last only for awhile before your tummy starts grumbling for a heavier and more savoury desert. The 3d effects does look gimmicky and cheezy, but i understand it was all made in the name of fun. The execution of the effects look rushed though, as there were some major flaws in the compositing with the live action and 3D world. I'm sure Rodriguez had much better things to do with his other upcoming projects than to scrutinize the technical details of his child's film. Or maybe he left that role of supervising to his kiddy son??? Anyway, the movie did offer some creative yet juvenile moments of mini-genius ideas all rolled into a big fat supersized burger. Seriously appetizing & cute. But not yummy enough. Darn, there goes my tummy. Expand
  3. jameek.
    Oct 6, 2005
    5
    It was to much like spy kids, but it was cute.
  4. CRITIC
    Feb 18, 2006
    5
    Shark boy and Lava Girl really is a decent movie. But is the 3D necessary?Whats with the director's obsession with 3D?
  5. CatherineW.
    Jun 18, 2005
    6
    This movie would have sucked if it weren't in 3-d, but it was actually pretty cool. Very trippy.
  6. MarkB.
    Aug 11, 2005
    5
    3-D movies have been with us for over 50 years, but with the recent exception of several impressive IMAX-screen documentaries by James Cameron and others, there seems to be no point to it whatsoever. The very few good films ever made in the 3-D format (Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, the original Creature from the Black Lagoon, the John Wayne western Hondo, the Vincent Price version 3-D movies have been with us for over 50 years, but with the recent exception of several impressive IMAX-screen documentaries by James Cameron and others, there seems to be no point to it whatsoever. The very few good films ever made in the 3-D format (Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, the original Creature from the Black Lagoon, the John Wayne western Hondo, the Vincent Price version of House of Wax) didn't need it; the bad ones that employed it (virtually everything else) had practically nothing going for them otherwise. At least Robert Rodriguez, here as in his previous effort Spy Kids 3-D, attempts to do a lot more than just throw stuff at the audience; he really tries to create a livable, credible multidimensional world. The trouble is that, as in the slapdash Spy Kids 3-D (which this is admittedly a slight improvement over), his grasp of the necessary visual technology (or the budget needed to acquire it) doesn't quite match his ambitions, and so both films end up looking unpleasantly and rather tediously dark and murky. This one DOES have the excuse of mostly being set on a distant planet, but even so, the non-3-D ("Glasses Off") sequences back on Earth are a relief to come back to; Rodriguez inadvertently gives us a Wizard of Oz in reverse, wherein the "real world" ends up being a lot more colorful and inviting than the imaginary one. The title characters (Sharkboy, played abrasively by Taylor Lautner; Lavagirl, appealingly played by Taylor Dooley, who, as adults used to say more often than they do now, is going to be a real heartbreaker when she grows up) are the fantasies of Max (Cayden Boyd, playing an average kid and giving an average performance); as they call upon Max to rescue their home planet, much talk about dreams ensues. Did I say MUCH talk? The chatter never ends; this movie is endlessly preachy, stilted and didactic in pontificating its "Dreaming Is Good" philosophy, occasionally giving us a rest by punctuating it with a clever visual bit or intentionally terrible pun. This is a common malady of many failed kids' movies; it's undeniably well-intentioned but has the effect of talking down to the audience in the same manner as all the pro-reading messages that sank the great animator Chuck Jones' 1970 feature-length effort The Phantom Tollbooth. The world that Sharkboy and Lavagirl live on is called Planet Drool, but unfortunately most of the drooling is going to be done by parents on their laps or the theater floor as they nod off to sleep--and dream of watching a really good Robert Rodriguez movie like one of the first two Spy Kids flicks...or even ditching the kids altogether and checking out Sin City again! Expand
  7. Aug 2, 2012
    4
    ACTING - 4
    The acting left a lot to be desired in this movie. Everything seemed so unrealistic. The best actor was probably Taylor Dooley. She did a wonderful job of getting mad, and could be very sweet when she needed to be. Taylor Lautner was okay, but he portrayed Sharkboy as a character that was always mad, and it became monotonous after the first twenty minutes or so. Cayden Boyd Was
    ACTING - 4
    The acting left a lot to be desired in this movie. Everything seemed so unrealistic. The best actor was probably Taylor Dooley. She did a wonderful job of getting mad, and could be very sweet when she needed to be. Taylor Lautner was okay, but he portrayed Sharkboy as a character that was always mad, and it became monotonous after the first twenty minutes or so. Cayden Boyd Was okay as Max, but he seemed uninterested at times, and he looked like he was about to throw up when he was supposed to be crying, which left a bad taste in my mouth.

    PLOT - 3
    The plot was very disconnected and felt like it kept changing all of the time, which left me confused at points. The plot seemed utterly ridiculous in the first place, causing all of the changes to just make it worse.

    SPECIAL EFFECTS - 7
    For constant special effects composed in a 2005 film, this was a good attempt. The lava was almost realistic and Mr. Electric was somewhat impressive. Although some special effects were awfully cheesy, most of them were pretty solid.

    OVERALL - 4.6 (4)
    Although Sharkboy and Lavagirl may impress toddlers, it will not impress anyone else. As a "family film", it leaves the rest of the family in pure torture of having to sit through this.
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  8. Aug 5, 2013
    4
    The only saving grace that can be said about this Spy Kids lookalike is that it has amusing 3-D effects which is, unfortunately, the only real positive thing about this laughably scripted kids flick.
  9. Mar 23, 2014
    6
    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl will most likely be a drag for adults, but the kiddies will enjoy it. If you can overlook the horrible CGI and bland special effects, you might be able to sit through this one.
  10. Mar 21, 2014
    4
    totally girly the fact Co- director of sin city Robert Rodriguez made sharkboy and added taylor laughtner which talyor is a **** . it is okay and i like the ending . still waste of my time
    Grade D-
  11. Jul 12, 2014
    4
    Apart from having cheesy green screen effects, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D forks over some positive messages and never ending inventiveness, a must see in 3-D!
Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. An often imaginative though less than magical family feature.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    Pretty lame. Sharkboy has an especially frantic, amateur atmosphere, with a mostly maladroit cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    There's little chance of grabbing teens (or even many tweens) during summertime playdates. Still, small fry will be enchanted by this rambunctious action-adventure.