Recruited by the CIA, a teen (Frankie Muniz) works under cover to befriend a girl (Hilary Duff) whose father is a pawn for an evil organization.
" So slick and preprogrammed that even its preteen audience may dismiss it as formula. "
" Illogical, thrown-together claptrap. "
" An entertaining film for kids and young teens. "
" Too violent for children and too recycled for adults. "
" Banks takes a nice premise and does absolutely nothing original with it, instead burdening a plot derived from too many James Bond movies with cheap special effects and flat jokes. "
" Agent Cody Banks has a TV movie feel to it. The special effects are kind of hokey, the jokes pretty lame and the stunts looked like they're performed by stunt performers. "
" Kids attending Agent Cody Banks won't need candy. The film itself is a 90-minute sugar rush. "
" A listless, tween James Bond wannabe. "
" [Muniz] keeps Cody Banks watchable on energy alone but his scenes with the pallid, uncharismatic Duff are as dull as watching two actual pubescents meet at the mall. "
" The film is cute but never much beyond that. "
" A mundane, kid-empowerment fantasy distinguished only by Frankie Muniz's agreeable blend of haplessness and heroics. "
" Zwart pulls out enough stops in action sequences involving jet-propelled skateboards, stunt drives and mountain rescues to keep the ball rolling nicely. "
" [Muniz] has an endearing blend of self-deprecation, innocence and smarts that works well here. "
" Agent Cody Banks provides the kind of high-quality entertainment one would expect in an adult action adventure that is expected to rake in major bucks. "
" The movie will be compared with the two Spy Kids pictures, and looks more expensive and high-tech but isn't as much fun. "
" This movie is so wearying in its mediocrity, the inappropriate Ronica almost registers as dramatic relief. I said almost. "
" Sorely lacking in suspense, humor or originality, Agent Cody Banks aspires to the lowest rung of the peanut gallery. "
" Those who aren't part of the 10- to 13-year-old target audience will probably also find it witless and derivative. "
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