The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is a 2003 American action-adventure family film directed by Robert Rodriguez and the third film in the Spy Kids series. This movie was released in the United States on July 25, 2003.
The return of many cast members from the past two films, although most were in minor roles and cameo appearances. were featured in the film. The movie was originally intended to be the last of the trilogy, but director Robert Rodriguez is currently filming a Spy Kids 4 due out August 19, 2011.The response to the film was mainly mixed. A lot of critics stated that the glasses give a headache. Bob Longino of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that “the 3D process will hurt your eyes”, but also stated that it helped mask what he deemed as an overall lack of a story for this The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.
Jim Lane of Sacramento News and Review called the 3D scenes “murky and purple like a window smeared with grape jell-o.” Roger Ebert suggested that perhaps Rodriguez was held back by the film’s technical constraints. Ebert also admitted to showing disdain for the 3D gimmick, saying that the picture quality is more murky and washed out than the crisper and more colorful 2D films.
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted Carmen’s absence for much of the film and criticized the plot’s repeated scenes of Juni attempting over and over again to reach Level Five. Kimberly Jones of the Austin City Chronicle praised the visuals but called the plot twig-thin and stated that the parents’ near absence in the story makes Rodriguez’ continuing theme of family ties seem much less resonant than in the other films.
Actor Sylvester Stallone earned the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance.
The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over opened with a surprising $33.4 million, but didn’t quite live up to the first Spy Kids film. In the end, it grossed $111 million in North America. However, its overseas intake was double that of either of the first two Spy Kids films at $85.3 million, grossing a worldwide total of $197,011,982, making it the highest grossing film in the series. The film had a 3D effect which was not removable in the DVD, but only for some European DVD releases. A set of four 3D glasses, made of cardboard (Silver Screen Retail), was included with the DVD, although some DVDs did not have it.
When one strips away the gimmick of 3-D glasses, the gimmick of celebrity cameos, the gimmick of CGI effects, and the gimmick of casting children as super-spies, there’s literally almost nothing left here. Though Rodriguez’s seeming one-man operation is somewhat impressive in concept, the results are decidedly inferior to most action/adventure fare.