75

New York Post

You can't get this kind of full-on sensory-jolt anywhere else, not legally anyway. "Sharkboy" will be equally beloved in elementary schools and in college dorms.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
An often imaginative though less than magical family feature.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Only part of it is in 3-D, but youngsters should enjoy pulling their special specs on and off at appropriate moments.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A case of a yummy yarn spoiled by cheesy visuals.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Because the real world scenes are in 2-D and the dream and fantasy scenes are in 3-D, we get an idea of what the movie would have looked like without the unnecessary dimension. Signs flash on the screen to tell us when to put on and take off our polarizing glasses, and I felt regret every time I had to shut out those colorful images and return to the dim and dreary 3-D world. On DVD, this is going to be a great-looking movie.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Like choral singing and travel photography, this adventure is more fun for participants than it is for spectators.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
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38

USA Today

By Mike Clark
There's sad news to report about The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D: Put on the cardboard glasses, and you can still see the movie.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Sharkboy relies almost entirely on 3-D for its kicks. The novelty, however, quickly wears thin with the thinnest of stories to project.
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25

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
One could forgive a budget this threadbare, performances this amateurish, a plot this tortuous if the 3-D effects passed the cool test. Sadly, watching ''Adventures" is an experience akin to seeing the world through dung-colored glasses.
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38 out of 100
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