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National Treasure Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Historical adventure is a fun romp for tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Though Turtletaub's direction is inspired, everything else from acting, to plot, and dialogue falls flat...
Rob Gonsalves
August 25, 2008
Not only safe for Junior and Grandma but also pretty entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2008
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.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Szymanski
October 14, 2005
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 20, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
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)".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
A big, overblown wazoo of absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Andrews
January 15, 2005
This is a bravura film that genuinely understands the nature of true family entertainment and provides it in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Matthew Turner
December 27, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
December 27, 2004
This is Bruckheimer's niche. Don't ever expect him to adapt a Nicholas Sparks book into a film any time soon.
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David Keyes
December 21, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 17, 2004
Stealing the Declaration of Indepenence is easy - making an interesting film is tough!
Full Review| Original Score: B
Kevin A. Ranson
December 14, 2004
... a semi-historical mystery-thriller... too many chases and clichés keep this good movie from being great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
December 14, 2004
This movie couldn't be more stale if it'd been dug up by archaeologists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
December 8, 2004
All of this could have been lots of fun. If only Harrison Ford, or someone just as good, had played Ben.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
December 8, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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