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Directed by Jonathan Frakes and based on the '60s British television series of the same name, Thunderbirds chronicles the intergalactic exploits of the Tracy family. Set in 2010, the world looks toward the mysterious Tracy Island when mere international security is not enough; the remote South Pacific island not only houses former astronaut and lifelong entrepreneur Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton) and his five sons, but also serves as headquarters for the top-secret International Rescue organization. The unthinkable happens, however, when an insidious criminal mastermind known only as "The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's enough special effects razzle-dazzle to distract the average ten-year-old, but the script by William Osborne and Michael McCullers is stilted and humorless -- a little camp might have helped."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"This is like a C-movie version of Spy Kids. And I didn't even like Spy Kids."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Fans of the Spy Kids series will enjoy it."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Ultra-campy marionettes come to blah life in director Jonathan Frakes' souped-up but poorly written adaptation of the cult English sci-fi kids' show."
‑ Betsy Bozdech,
"Here the problem is compounded by the fact that few members of the target audience (kids) are even aware of the original series."
‑ Todd R. Ramlow, PopMatters
"What impenetrable, overwrought codswallop this one's turned out to be."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Fun at times and tedious at others, it's an action-adventure fantasy aimed particularly at gadget-loving boys."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"There's just nothing redeeming about this movie..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Kids of all sizes and genders are going to be disappointed."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"The script exploits what's probably the ultimate male child fantasy: proving to Daddy that son is worthy of hero-size respect."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"A new and rather breathtakingly misconceived attempt to revisit a vintage TV show that did not under any circumstances need to be revisited."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Not intended for people old enough to pine for the puppets. It's for people who don't remember the first cast of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The plot abounds with holes, and the dialogue is often delivered in a bland, perfunctory manner."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The acting is (pardon the pun) wooden."
‑ Uri Lessing,
"A glossy, live action adventure yarn based on the 1960's British puppet TV series."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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