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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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35

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 82

A talented cast goes to waste in the improbable National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which is eerily similar to the first film.

32

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 21

A talented cast goes to waste in the improbable National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which is eerily similar to the first film.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,437,420

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In this adventure-filled sequel to the 2004 blockbuster National Treasure, Nicolas Cage reprises his role as artifact hunter and archaeologist extraordinaire Ben Franklin Gates. In this outing, Gates learns of his own family's implication in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Gates must then locate an elusive diary, not only to clear his family's name, but to unearth and connect several secrets, buried within the book, that point to a massive, global conspiracy. The film

PG,

Action & Adventure

Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly

May 18, 2008

$219.9M

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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (82) | DVD (24)

This just might be the silliest movie ever to feature three Academy Award winners.

December 26, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Leave it to coproducer Jerry Bruckheimer to revive the Indiana Jones cycle without the period setting, the camp elements, or Spielberg's efficiency; director Jon Turteltaub just plods along.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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This sequel is what you would expect: If you liked the original, you'll probably enjoy this retread. But be warned: It bogs down in a drawn-out scene near the end.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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As much as you want to applaud the movie's winking commitment to its own Looney Tunes logic, it's frustrating when lazy and illogical plot devices are used like cattle prods.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
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The movie's convoluted hide-and-seek plot also demands a White House break-in that makes about as much sense as subprime mortgage rates.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a pretty typical blockbuster sequel, focused intently on appeasing what it thinks the audience wants, and missing out on what it takes to make a truly good movie.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

National Treasure: the Book of Secrets is an absurd adventure, but its absurdity is wacky and warmhearted. You have to suspend your disbelief, but so what? National Treasure: the Book of Secrets delivers on what it sets out to be: lively and

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

The derivative National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a smooth, lightweight action film for undemanding audiences.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A slight improvement over its agreeable forebearer...

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

It's like doing a puzzle a second time. It's familiar, it's redundant and it's rarely exciting.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comments (6)

If you can set aside the movie's countless flaws and just go to watch a stupid mindless movie, then you are good to go with this film.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

Unfortunately, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" falls under the category of been there, done that.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

Absurd second installment in the Indiana Jones-for-idiots franchise...

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (2)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Over-stimulating brain bubblegum guaranteed to take kids under ten straight to adrenaline heaven!

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Too bad such a stellar combo cast had to get dumbed down for such inconsequential pandemonium.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Even sillier and less entertaining than the first film in this series.

March 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

If you desperately need to escape the house this holiday season, avoid this treasure and see something else.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
The Scorecard Review

Ultimately, Book of Secretsis an embarrassingly by-the-numbers rehash of the first National Treasure, lighter on the swirly, emotion-cuing music but still well-trafficked in ridiculous feats and worse dialogue.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

The first installment was a moronic, overblown scavenger hunt masquerading as a high concept social studies lesson. The sequel is bigger, louder and, implausible as it is to believe, even more preposterous.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

Keeps us entertained with the sheer spectacle of the thing, rather than anything actually interesting.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This movie isn't much different from the original "National Treasure."

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The gimmicks have worn off and the performances have gone stale in this uninspired sequel to a surprisingly fun adventure film.

February 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Less twisty than its 2004 predecessor and yet somehow more incoherent, National Treasure: Book of Secrets plays like a duplicate schematic of the first.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Uma diversão esquecível; algo que você consome, digere e elimina sem conseguir se lembrar posteriormente do que passou por sua garganta.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Just like the original, it's too caught up in its mythological zeal and furious pacing to do much for our "Indiana" jones. A capably filmed diversion that's breathlessly wired for whiplash but instantly forgettable.

January 21, 2008 Full Review

Audience Reviews for National Treasure: Book of Secrets

I'll be honest I can't remember the first very much but I did quite like this. The cast is very good for just a silly film, Jon Voight, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel and Cage...impressive. The film is really a kind of filler for the absence of 'Indy 4' or any Indy films really, and lets be honest its nowhere near as good but it is fun. The story is silly as hell again, all revolving around the history of the US and its founding fathers.
The cast do make it seem greater than it is for sure, the film is also allot funnier than the first I think, its quite humorous throughout and this actually adds and doesn't detract from the film. All the action set pieces are not really any different from any other movie and the final sequence inside some caves near Mount Rushmore seems to be ripped straight out of 'The Goonies', but the whole boys mystery and adventure setup is always good fun and light hearted, harking back to older cinema romps in black and white.

These type of films do have a nice pleasant charm to them, no excessive violence or swearing just good old fashioned treasure hunting, just one thing, what on earth is happening to Nic Cages hair?
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Nicholas Cage + Jerry Bruckheimer = Peanut butter and jelly. But would you want to eat that as a staple of your diet? Me Neither. However, there comes a time when such a sandwich would hit the spot. I'm drunk and I'm watching National Treasure 2. It's silly, crazy bullshit, but dammit, I'm having fun. I bet children would love this movie and if ever I have any, I will be sure to pass this along.
November 25, 2011
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

    1. Riley Poole: There's my tax dollars at work... coming to arrest me!
    – Submitted by Kavin C (10 days ago)
    1. Ben Gates: Wait a minute, we need water. Everybody! The water makes the rocks darker!
    – Submitted by Emelyn W (17 months ago)
    1. Ben Gates: How absurd.
    – Submitted by Zach S (20 months ago)
    1. Abigail Chase: So, the tea tables?
    2. Ben Gates: Yes, I was going to have the movers bring them to you next week.
    3. Abigail Chase: Actually, I was going to say you could keep them. And maybe you could come and move back in with me?
    4. Ben Gates: No, you used the word 'so.'
    5. Abigail Chase: So?
    6. Ben Gates: So when you say 'so' it means you're angry.
    7. Abigail Chase: Sometimes. And then sometimes it doesn't. It's sort of like a puzzle. And you're so good at puzzles I'm sure you'll figure it out. So. [they kiss]
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (23 months ago)
    1. Ben Gates: Someone else is after the treasure.
    2. Riley Poole: Of course someone else is after the treasure. It's the axiom of treasure hunting.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (23 months ago)
    1. Riley Poole: Look at it this way - in a hundred years, no one is gonna remember anyone involved in the Lincoln assassination besides Booth.
    2. Ben Gates: That's not true. Do you know the expression 'his name is mud?'
    3. Riley Poole: Yes, of course.
    4. Ben Gates: You do? Do you know the origin of the expression?
    5. Riley Poole: Does anyone but you?
    6. Ben Gates: Dr. Samuel Mudd was convicted of being a co-conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. The evidence was circumstantial, he was later pardoned, but it didn't matter. Mudd's name still lives in infamy, and I will 'not' let Thomas Gates' name be mud.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (23 months ago)
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