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Night at the Museum (2006)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 73

Parents might call this either a spectacle-filled adventure or a shallow and vapid CG-fest, depending on whether they choose to embrace this on the same level as their kids.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 19

Parents might call this either a spectacle-filled adventure or a shallow and vapid CG-fest, depending on whether they choose to embrace this on the same level as their kids.



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The new night watchman at New York's Museum of Natural History finds that the job comes with more responsibility than he ever dreamed in this wild fantasy comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Van Dyke. Larry Daley (Stiller) is a kind-hearted dreamer who always knew that he was destined for greatness, he just never quite knew how. None of his ideas or inventions has panned out, so with a heavy heart, he takes a regular job as a lowly

Apr 24, 2007


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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (73) | DVD (32)

What a dull, nice movie, wrenched from a wild premise and battered into docility.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A film that veers, often without much direction, between a family-friendly comic romp and an attempt to touch our souls with heartfelt emotion.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
Chicago Sun-Times
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As mindless spectacle, this is reasonably entertaining.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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... an aimless and riotous mess.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's just so dopey.

December 26, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
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Rarely has so much production value yielded so little in terms of audience engagement.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is a good example of Hollywood commercial calculation that actually pays off with a few entertainment dividends. It all seems very cold and calculated, and yet the film still turns out to be decently entertaining.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

...lightweight and inoffensive...

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

. Its narrative is just pitched toward adolescent fantasy and silly, frequently obvious shenanigans to a hearty degree, and with no sort of consistent inner logic the movie tilts toward fleeting entertainment, with no inherent replay value or strongly fel

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Not everything on display is sufficiently alive in this museum-set comedy adventure.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

it's one of those high concept childhood fantasy films that will stay in your heart long after watching it

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

What promises to be a fun Spielbergian romp for the whole family is a bit on the bland and mediocre side.

May 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Comment (1)
Sci-Fi Movie Page

The idea is ingenious. The execution? Not so much.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's a better than average CGI-fest, more often silly than funny. But it makes some good points about courage, self-respect, and the importance of learning about history.

April 27, 2007
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Good idea. Bad execution.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

With this cast, there should be more laughs, and that blame falls partially on the script, but equally on how awfully Levy paces the film.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Dark night of the soul is more like it.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This pastiche comedy is a piecemeal procedure in Hollywood excess.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

Just like 'Sack-a ja-we-a', let us guide you to a little treasure at the museum.

February 4, 2007 Full Review Source:

You know what? There are few better antidotes to intense Oscar-wanna-be releases and treacly holiday throwaways than a fun, high-concept starring 3-4 generations of comedians. Yeah, I said it.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Overall this was a good show for the kids and family.

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

'Night at the Museum' has a setup that's so juicy, it's easy to forgive the film when it falls short of its potential.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

A idéia central é suficientemente interessante para prender nosso interesse durante a maior parte do tempo, transformando o projeto em uma diversão inofensiva, ainda que burocrática.

January 12, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Individual set pieces work nicely, but the story bogs down and certain subplots are dropped almost entirely. ... NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM had the potential to be so much more and in the hand of a real visionary, it could have been something. As it is, it's a p

January 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

about as distracting and inoffensive as Jumanji before it, and heck, it might even teach kids that history can be fun!

January 9, 2007 Full Review

Largely mirthless comedy, a variation on those old stories of kids' toys coming to life at night or when the nursery is deserted.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Night at the Museum

Ben Stiller is Larry a security guard in a museum. He discovers the exhibition characters come alive at night. The characters are all great especially Owen Wilson as the Cowboy and Robin Williams as President Teddy Roosevelt. They have to stop the retired security guards from stealing the treasures that bring them to life. Good to see Dick Van Dyke as one of the security guards,
June 1, 2013
T Tsang

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An unfortunately dull comedy with an interesting concept but a flatline plot.
March 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Night at the Museum has a very interesting premise that might have worked if put in the right hands. Unfortunately, what you get is a one joke, CGI infested, unconvincing Ben Stiller kid's movie that you know in a few years time after they've watched it they will look back and regret wasting their money.
October 28, 2011
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    1. Larry Daley: Everything in the museum come to life at night!
    – Submitted by Brandon M (18 months ago)
    1. Jedediah: Look, we're men. We fight, okay? That's what we do!
    2. Octavius: It's kinda how we pass the time.
    – Submitted by Carmela G (2 years ago)
    1. Gus: Instructions. You start with One. Two. Three...
    2. Larry Daley: Four?
    3. Teddy Roosevelt: Are you crackin' wise? I oughta punch you in the nose, Hopscotch.
    – Submitted by Andrew M (2 years ago)
    1. Cecil Fredricks: Moving on.
    – Submitted by Andrew M (2 years ago)
    1. Gus: He looks like a weirdy!
    – Submitted by Andrew M (2 years ago)
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Foreign Titles

  • Nachts im Museum 1 (DE)
  • La Nuit au musée (FR)
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