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National Treasure (2004)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 75 | Rotten: 94

National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 26

National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot.



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A man sets out to steal a lost fortune in order to save it in this adventure drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is an archeologist who is from the eighth generation of a family who has shared an unusual quest. As Gates-family legend has it, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin hid a massive cache of gold during the waning days of the Revolutionary War and left clues as to its whereabouts in the original drafts of the Constitution


Action & Adventure

Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly

May 3, 2005


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All Critics (177) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (94) | DVD (49)

A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This movie is a fortune wasted.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises.

November 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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So bad on so many levels.

November 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (3)
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Cage? Movie star as social studies teacher.

November 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Taken simply as a popcorn flick, National Treasure has its pleasures.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Historical adventure is a fun romp for tweens and up.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Though Turtletaub's direction is inspired, everything else from acting, to plot, and dialogue falls flat...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Not only safe for Junior and Grandma but also pretty entertaining.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source:

Turteltaub manages to stitch it all together well enough so that the ludicrous nature of the characters' quest doesn't hit you until the final credits roll.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

If you can see the film through the eyes of a child -- one who thinks a cheesy thriller is the ideal way to pick up new facts about history -- then this isn't that bad a yarn.

September 27, 2006 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

Has almost nothing to recommend it (Justin Bartha's performance being the lone high point), not even any gnarly explosions, which doesn't bode well for our man Bruckheimer.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The treasure hunt is cool in this DVD, it's a whole game of numbers and quizzes go get to some of the Easter eggs.

October 14, 2005 Full Review

The film plays on every cliché and every stereotype imaginable, and part of its charm is playing them exactly to an audience's happiest expectations.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The historical touches make the film more akin to classics like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" than to duds like "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (and ended simultaneously)".

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A big, overblown wazoo of absurdity.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

This is a bravura film that genuinely understands the nature of true family entertainment and provides it in spades.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

National Treasure may be dumb and relatively short on action scenes, but it's still a lot of fun, largely thanks to Cage and Bartha.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

This is Bruckheimer's niche. Don't ever expect him to adapt a Nicholas Sparks book into a film any time soon.

December 27, 2004 Full Review | Comments (2)
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Few can argue that the movie is totally unbelievable, but if one is able to leave all sense of logic at the door, it's very hard not to have a darn good time in the process.

December 21, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Stealing the Declaration of Indepenence is easy - making an interesting film is tough!

December 17, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

... a semi-historical mystery-thriller... too many chases and clichés keep this good movie from being great.

December 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

This movie couldn't be more stale if it'd been dug up by archaeologists.

December 14, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

All of this could have been lots of fun. If only Harrison Ford, or someone just as good, had played Ben.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Works fairly well as slick, enjoyable hooey… in its general approach if not all particulars, this could represent a promising new approach in family entertainment.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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Audience Reviews for National Treasure

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Fun, but terrible.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Although technically the film wasn't very good (the acting was ok at best and the main plot details we pretty obvious) I had quite a lot of fun watching it. I was able to get into the story and it felt like I was going on this journey with them. I really liked the figuring out the riddles and the adventures and it seems this film is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's kind of a second rate Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons.
April 11, 2012

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    1. Riley Poole: (To Ben) Can I marry your brain?
    – Submitted by Dora D (6 months ago)
    1. Riley Poole: For the record, Ben, I like the house.
    2. Benjamin Franklin Gates: You know, I chose this estate because in 1812 Charles Carroll met-
    3. Riley Poole: Yeah, someone that did something in history and had fun. Great. Wonderful. Could have had a bigger house!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
    1. Benjamin Franklin Gates: I'm so sorry I dropped you - I had to save the Declaration!
    2. Dr. Abigail Chase: No, don't be. I would have done exactly the same to you.
    3. Benjamin Franklin Gates: Really?
    4. Dr. Abigail Chase: Yeah
    5. Riley Poole: I would've dropped you both! Freaks.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
    1. Patrick Henry Gates: And he dragged you two into this nonsense?
    2. Dr. Abigail Chase: 'Literally'
    3. Riley Poole: I volunteered!
    4. Patrick Henry Gates: Well un-volunteer before you waste your life!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
    1. Agent Sadusky: So, here is your options: Door number one - you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two - we're going to get back the Declaration of Independence; you help us find it, and... you still go to prison for a very long time. But you'll feel better inside.
    2. Benjamin Franklin Gates: Is there a door that doesn't lead to prison?
    3. Agent Sadusky: Someone's got to go to prison, Ben.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
    1. Dr. Abigail Chase: You have the original Silence Dogood letters? Steal those too?
    2. Benjamin Franklin Gates: They're scans of the originals, quiet please.
    3. Dr. Abigail Chase: How did you get scans?
    4. Benjamin Franklin Gates: I know the person who has the originals, now shush!
    5. Dr. Abigail Chase: Why do you need them?
    6. Benjamin Franklin Gates: She really can't shut her mouth, can she? [offers her the Declaration] Look, I will let you hold this if you promise to *shut up*, please!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
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