A glorified gizmo movie, but the gizmos have a loopy, babes-in-toyland vivacity.
...the best live-action kids’ film in years.
Rodriguez doesn't underestimate his young target audience, eschewing slapstick comedy for witty inside jokes at the expense of topics as diverse as the spy genre, Latino culture and showbiz.
...a kid's movie that truly can be enjoyed by teenagers and adults as well.
...is giddy with the joy of its invention. It's an exuberant, colorful extravaganza, wall-to-wall with wildly original sets and visual gimmicks, and smart enough to escape the kids film category and play in the mainstream.