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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
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  1. JeffL.
    Aug 6, 2004
    4
    I'm really looking forward to the next James Bond movie. Not only because I'm a lifelong 007 fan, but because it will be nice to see an actual adult saving the world from megalomaniacal baddies for a change. The last three years or so have given us three Spy Kids movies, two Cody Banks flicks, Disney's Catch That Kid, and now this adaptation of the beloved British TV series I'm really looking forward to the next James Bond movie. Not only because I'm a lifelong 007 fan, but because it will be nice to see an actual adult saving the world from megalomaniacal baddies for a change. The last three years or so have given us three Spy Kids movies, two Cody Banks flicks, Disney's Catch That Kid, and now this adaptation of the beloved British TV series from the 60's that starred animated marionettes. And while an atypically dull Bill Paxton is nominally the star, the focus here is primarily on Brady Corbet (Thirteen) as the youngest of his five sons, who is frustrated at always being left out of all the excitement when his father and siblings board their colorful rocket ships to stage daring rescues. Predictably, he gets his chance to save the world from evil Ben Kingsley as a psuedo-Bondian baddie in a red kimono. The film is ultra-juvenile and silly and doesn't even feature that much of the Thunderbird rockets in action. It also wastes Anthony Edwards (ER) as Paxton's stuttering sidekick, who also has a stuttering son. I'm not sure which is more embarassing - when they play their stuttering for cheap laughs, or when they play it for even cheaper pathos. Having said that, I have to admit that my three year old son was completely entertained, and that I had a great time during any scenes involving Sophia Myles as the luscious Lady Penelope, a karate-chopping, butt-kicking hottie with a pink outfit to match her pink flying car. Myles is a comic delight as well as a nice eyeful for any dad who gets dragged into this one. Expand
  2. Decepticon_Pom
    Mar 2, 2005
    0
    Ed Wood may relax - he is no longer the worst director of all time. Jonathan Frakes truly deserves the mantle. Even high-camp "don't take any of it seriously" films raise a laugh or a smile. This was as pleasureable as an enema from your grandmother's corpse. Done badly. Yes, it was even worse than that last Star Trek movie he directed.
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36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    70
    Smartly written by William Osborne and Michael McCullers, Thunderbirds expertly targets kids. Yet parents won't be entirely bored.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    50
    The story rarely gets fired up to "maximum thrust," to use the rocket-speed parlance of its heroes.
  3. 38
    Watching a misfire like Thunderbirds illustrates how impressive the "Spy Kids" movies are.