MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 248 this week

Spy Kids (2001)

5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 69,708 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 197 user | 123 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 01 Aug 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Spy Kids" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Spy Kids (2001)

Spy Kids (2001) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Spy Kids.

User Polls

2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The Cortez siblings set out for a mysterious island, where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival spy kids.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker (Stallone). It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Daryl Sabara, Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale
Sky High (2005)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A boy dreams up shark-boy and lava-girl and the horror that lies within their planet.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Cayden Boyd, George Lopez, Kristin Davis
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the dephs of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Carmen Cortez (as Alexa Vega)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Cool Spy
...
Pastor
Johnny Reno ...
Agent Johnny
...
FoOglie #1 / Flower
Edit

Storyline

Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back in to action. When their former colleagues, the world's most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez's are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, unfortunately there are only two people in the world who can rescue them...their kids. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Real Spies... only smaller


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action sequences | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mini espĂ­as  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$137,939 (Italy) (24 August 2001)

Gross:

$112,692,062 (USA) (21 September 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The last Rodriguez movie shot on film. Post-production was done at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch where he introduced Rodriguez to High-Definition digital filmmaking. See more »

Goofs

When Gregorio and Ingrid escape and encounter the hallway with the floor of falling puzzle pieces, the pieces fall into a deep hole. But after Gregorio peels his face from the Plexiglas, you can see that the puzzle pieces are on top of the Plexiglas, not underneath it. See more »

Quotes

Carmen Cortez: Never send an adult to do a kid's job.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits, we go back to Floop's castle. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Machete (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Esmeralda
Written and Performed by Peter Atanasoff and P.J. Pesce
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Right up there with Willy Wonka!
30 March 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Finally, a live-action family movie that entertained me and my wife immensely, while my six-year old daughter had a blast too!

The most obvious (and fitting) comparison film is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Amazing fantasy world, some true menace, and a great message about being true to yourself and your family.

Spy Kids as a family movie for the post-Matrix age. It's witty, but never falls into that oh-so-hip faux-ironic self awareness that plagues so many movies today. It hands you a fantasy world, and encourages you to believe in it.

It has a great deal of action and slapstick, but (thankfully) was completely missing the mean-spirited undertones of the slapstick in Home Alone.

Like all great children's literature or entertainment, Spy Kids doesn't talk down to kids. It assumes they're intelligent and can pay attention. Having said that, there are sections of the film that are hyperkinetic, but they flow naturally.

It has something of a similar vibe to the Pixar films (Toy Story 1&2, Bugs Life), without as many in-jokes. There are some wonderful adult-only laughs, mostly stemming from the trials and tribulations of being a parent.

It's PG for a reason. It's not for the youngest moviegoer. A mature 5 or a six-year-old is about as young as I'd recommend. There are some scary moments, ala Willy Wonka, or The Wizard of Oz. But that's "good scary" in my book, as opposed to needlessly scaring folks to death.

The message of family is delightful. The Cortez family is a *real* family. They have disagreements, but they love each other. Thankfully, Rodriguez avoids the sit-com smartmouth syndrome, and gives us kids we can believe.

And I love the fact that Rodriguez never downplays the Latino heritage of the family. Hey, I'm so Anglo I'm practically translucent, but it was such a refreshing change to not have typical whitebread heroes out to save the world.

Not since Bob (Porky's) Clark pulled A Christmas Story out of his hat has a director come up with such a pleasant surprise in a genre you'd never imagine. Summary? A cup of Bond, a splash of Willy Wonka, and a dash of The Matrix. Sit back and watch the fun!


13 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WOW... 93% AT ROTTEN TOMATOES? ComandoFTW
What the HELL is Robert Rodriguez doing? smigly
Diaper? Deniera
Carmen's Full Name? csimmons22
spy kids 4? ilove_boys
Mr and Mrs Smith and The Incredibles tcsung
Discuss Spy Kids (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?