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70
Variety
As a spy pic, it has more pizzazz than the last few Bond adventures, "The Sum of All Fears" or "The Recruit."
63
Chicago Sun-Times
A high-speed, high-tech kiddie thriller that's kinda cute but sorta relentless.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Of course, none of the film's geopolitical subterfuge will matter a whit to Agent Cody Banks's audience: adolescent boys in need of a surrogate hero. They will respond enthusiastically to this boisterous, well-carpentered kiddy-flick.
60
L.A. Weekly
Unfortunately, two separate screenwriting teams...send Cody away from kid-resonant environs and off to exotic locales, culminating in an overproduced mountain-lair finale.
58
Entertainment Weekly
The real mission is product placement, of course: The movie seems to be set against the silvery backdrop of the Sharper Image catalog.
50
The young stars have considerable natural chemistry and do their best to make the rehashed material approachable and entertaining while maintaining their kid-friendly images.
50
Boston Globe
The premise of Agent Cody Banks is more than a little bizarre.
50
Wall Street Journal
It's going to be a hit with libidinous boys, and their parents could do worse (see first review) than to watch the lavish, James Bondish gadgetry and cheerful anarchy of an action-adventure that's been made with all the finesse it needs, though not a jot more.
40
The A.V. Club
The generic intrigue and chase scenes take over, leaving poor Muniz at the mercy of stunt doubles and chintzy special effects.
0
Cody Banks would probably be appropriate for the 13-and-older crowd, but it’s far too dopey for teenage sophisticates.

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