Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
Watch On
  1. 38
    Watching a misfire like Thunderbirds illustrates how impressive the "Spy Kids" movies are.
  2. 38
    Beautiful Brit actress Sophia Myles ("From Hell") is so arch, canny and amusing as the posh, pink-obsessed spy Lady Penelope, it's as if she is acting in the movie this should have been.
  3. 38
    A movie like this is harmless, I suppose, except for the celluloid that was killed in the process of its manufacture, but as an entertainment, it will send the kids tiptoeing through the multiplex to sneak into "Spider-Man 2."
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    30
    As the dapper Lady Penelope, Sophia Myles tries to infuse the enterprise with some "Charlie's Angels" verve, but she's only one life vest, and the movie is a downed plane.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    30
    This live-action feature actually has less of a pulse than the puppet version.
  6. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    30
    Kids of all sizes and genders are going to be disappointed.
  7. The action is snappy and quick, but why does this youth-targeted adventure pit white male heroes against a trio of villains comprising a black man, an Asian man, and an ugly woman?
  8. Not only achingly dull, it has no respect for its origins.
  9. 20
    With its eye-popping color palette and surreal sense of ever-heightening melodrama, Thunderbirds comes across as "Spy Kids'" poorer British cousin.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Niester
    0
    Simply put, this is a bad, bad film, this summer's answer to last summer's "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman." A dog for the dog days of summer.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. May 8, 2015
    8
    I saw the original thunderbird puppets and this movie. I cannot call myself a hardcore fan, but that is not really required to comment on theI saw the original thunderbird puppets and this movie. I cannot call myself a hardcore fan, but that is not really required to comment on the movie.

    The movie is on itself nicely made. The special effects, the cars, etc are good. The acting is good, like Milady Penelope her acting. A English lady with style and can dish out a punch when required.
    The movie has tasteful jokes.

    If you like movies and do not require a huge dose of violence, but a movie that is enjoying and can be watched by the younger audience, have a look.
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  2. Maddie
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    I thought this was a fantastic film. It was so cool. The theme tune by Busted (I have to admit, I'm a fan) was "F.A.B." and I've I thought this was a fantastic film. It was so cool. The theme tune by Busted (I have to admit, I'm a fan) was "F.A.B." and I've been trying to find it on C.D. for ages! Full Review »