“For A 4D Experience Like No Other: Bring Child That Is Has A Mild Temper And Likens To Kicking Things. In Due Course Position Child Behind Your Seat To Experience A Rollicking Good Ride That Will Amply Distract You From This Warbling Pile Of Crap!”
“An Under-Achieving Movie Meant For The Under-Five - With A Lame Aroma Gimmick”
Would have been better titled Spy Kids: All the Time Puns in the World.
Keith Staskiewicz - Entertainment Weekly
Feels more like straight-to-DVD filler than a chapter in one of the last decade's most entertaining and sophisticated family-film franchises.
Mike Hale - New York Times
Sadly it's all fart jokes and smart-alec preteens - the stuff that can make taking kids to the pictures a chore.
Cath Clarke - Guardian [UK]
Rodriguez's various family-geared movies - notably the "Spy Kids'' series - have been annoying creative clunkers, the one area where doing things his way has seemed like an iffy way.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
Like its predecessors, a tediously cartoonish candy-colored rollercoaster.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
An endless series of scatological jokes saps the charm out of nearly every scene, and there's little effort to create an interesting mystery at the movie's center.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The gadgets are a lot of fun, including a robot dog with more functions than a Swiss Army Knife, hilariously voiced by Ricky Gervais.
Nell Minow - Chicago Sun-Times
A cheap-looking, vaguely depressing echo of Robert Rodriguez's well-loved kidpic trilogy, assembled with minimal imagination or effort.
Andrew Barker - Variety
Rodriguez only needs the script to take us from one gimmick to the next, and his lack of attention to it shows.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A pleasant time-waster kids will love with a pro-family togetherness message parents can appreciate...
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Life is too short for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
No matter how many dimensions you slap on the poster, there's no accounting for lazy workmanship. Can Robert Rodriguez please make Sin City 2 now?
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Clever and strange, 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D' is a psychedelic action movie that will boggle and entertain the minds of adults and kids alike. If you like wordplay, you will like it all the more for the witty dialogue.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Rodriguez reboots his eight-years-dormant franchise, with surprisingly entertaining and loosey-goosey results
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A concatenation of scatological humor likely to keep only tiny tykes in stitches and howling away at a poop and fart jokes.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
...fairly routine fare, even for kids, and aside from cool gadgets it's just a bit dull.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
Now then, what of the movie? Well, it stands a better chance of getting up your nose than crummy old AromaScope, that's for sure.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Don't take your kids to see this. I never thought I would say this, but take them to see The Smurfs instead. It's a smurfload better than this pile of smurf.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Displaying a visual flair rare for a family film, this is entertaining, escapist fun.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
The stars of the old Spy Kids movies are no longer kids, of course. Spy Kids 3D: Game Over was released way back in 2003.
Cynthia Fuchs - Time to Play Magazine
A nice mix of old-fashioned imagination (anagrams, pranks, secret spaces) and newfangled effects (gizmos, gadgets, graphics), it's a rollicking, never obnoxious family flick.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
... a shiny, complicated toy that's silly and doesn't really do anything, but is fun to play with.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
John Hazelton - Screen International
The presence of Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino is sorely missed. Then again, more power to them for staying away from a movie that would smell in any dimension.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A 3D film aimed mostly at children.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
In Spy Kids 4, women are warriors and men freely cry about their fathers, and it's this inversion that made me love the movie a little bit extra.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Kids will be mildly amused by it.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
The mind boggles before being lulled into a stupor of inanition by this latest instalment of Robert Rodriguez's increasingly cheap-looking franchise.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A daft plot seemingly jacked from the most brainless of Saturday morning cartoons.
Michael C. Walsh - Boston Phoenix
Rodriguez directs the movie with his trademark kineticism, but a flimsy and uninventive script means there's little investment in the characters or their actions.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Rodriguez's family franchise about underage secret agents limps into its fourth installment with shiny CGI and frequent fart jokes to hold the attention spans of the underage and undemanding.
Alison Willmore - Time Out New York
Kids might enjoy the cheesy jokes, the shiny gadgets and the pooping dog but for adults it is snooze time all the way.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It's much inferior to the earlier films, though kids will probably like it.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The rhythm is off, a predicament Rodriguez addresses with copious - nearly constant - excrement and evacuation humor, and sudden turns into wide-eyed sincerity.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Watchable, gadget-happy children's adventure that scrapes a pass thanks to likeable characters, pacey direction, some decent gags and Jessica Alba in a leather catsuit...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Feels more like a cheap kids' TV series than an actual movie.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
So plain-faced and literal-minded in its juvenile pandering that it's hard to dismiss it as a mere cash-in.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
It's rarely moving, hardly funny much less ever enthralling.
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
I was apparently dealt a faulty card and could not pull up any discernible aromas other than those of flop sweat and mild embarrassment.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The Spy Kids series once seemed charmingly homemade. These days, it feels less charmingly homemade than maddeningly amateurish.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
You may want to count your blessings that, for a movie filled with dog farts, baby-diaper 'bombs,' and kiddie vomit, the 'fragrant aromas' are mostly absent. But at least scratching-and-sniffing is something to do while you pray for the film to be over.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Rodriguez' first film was the celebrated low-budget El Mariachi. This one, a chaotic mess from start to finish, must be something like his nadir.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Unless the thought of smelling farts and blue cheese is appealing, I wouldn't bother touching the cards.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
even the tangiest of confections lose their flavor eventually. For Spy Kids that "time" has arrived...
Peter Paras - E! Online
Robert Rodriquez delivers another irritating Spy Kids movie, Spy Kids: All The Time In The World in 4D, with the redundant gimmick of scratch and sniff cards, designed to reveal on-screen aromas. Well, I didn't smell turkey. In fact, I smelt nothing.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
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.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It simply entertains at a basic level without leaving a lasting impression.
Lisa Wilton - Jam! Movies
Positive messages can't save worst film in action series.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Let's make things clear right now: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is juvenile, rough around the edges, and frequently clumsy. And yet...and yet...the film is so likably innocuous and unsuspectingly wise that it works better than it should.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Robert Rodriguez clobbers home his messages about family and quality time with such bludgeoning force that ushers should hand you a helmet to go with your 3-D glasses.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Time has really not been kind to this series. It wasn't missed, and the new film is loud, crass, and annoying.(Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
a miserable excuse for underling entertainment
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
A kids' flick that's big on eye candy but which has a plot even youngsters will find wearingly familiar.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Robert Rodriguez's children's films are becoming terrific reasons to get sterilised.
- Daily Telegraph
Spy Kids - All the Time in the World is in four dimensions - the extra one being smell - and I hated the lot.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
This is a shoddy affair with anodyne first-timers Blanchard and Cook almost as annoying as Ricky Gervais's phoned-in voiceover of an animatronic terrier with a poop obsession.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
A passable shake-up, even if its 'Aroma-scope' experiment stinks. Like Ricky Gervais, the Spy Kids franchise could drone on - sorry, go on - forever.
James Mottram - Total Film