Night at the Museum (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Night at the Museum (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Larry Daley, a down-and-out dreamer whose imaginative ideas have never paid off, finds himself in desperate need of a job. Larry has always believed he was destined for big things. But, he has no idea just how literally gargantuan and hairy a challenge he will face when he grudgingly accepts the supposedly menial graveyard shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. On his very first night on the job, Larry is handed an over-sized flashlight and a dog-eared instruction manual, then left all alone in the eerily quiet, cavernous museum. At least, he thinks he's alone. But wait, what's that noise? To his utter astonishment and disbelief, Larry watches in shock and awe as, one by one, the primeval beasts and storied icons that surround him stir magically to life--and total havoc ensues. Now, as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Attila The Hun carve a swath of destruction through the marble corridors, and lions and monkeys prowl the fragile exhibits, Larry is at a loss as to how to get the museum back under control. At his wit's end, Larry must recruit the help of historical heavyweight Teddy Roosevelt just to survive the night. Facing the possibility of losing his job and letting down his son Nick yet again, Larry must wage an incredible battle to save the museum, hoping to become at last the bold, adventurous dad he's always wanted to be. The man who's been forever waiting for his moment of greatness just found it.more
Rating: PG (for mild action, language and brief rude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Milan Trenc, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2007
Box Office: $250.8M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Ben Stiller
as Larry Daley
Carla Gugino
as Rebecca
Robin Williams
as Teddy Roosevelt
Dick Van Dyke
as Cecil Fredricks
Bill Cobbs
as Reginald
Jake Cherry
as Nick Daley
Ricky Gervais
as Dr. McPhee
Kim Raver
as Erica Daley
Patrick Gallagher
as Attila the Hun
Rami Malek
as Ahkmenrah
Mizuo Peck
as Sacajawea
Steve Coogan
as Octavius
Anne Meara
as Debbie
Owen Wilson
as Jedediah
Brad Garrett
as Voice of Easter Isla...
Pierfrancesco Favino
as Christopher Columbus
Charles Q. Murphy
as Taxi Driver
Kerry Van Der Griend
as Neanderthal No. 1
Dan Rizzuto
as Neanderthal No. 2
Matthew Harrison
as Neanderthal No. 3
Jody Racicot
as Neanderthal No. 4
Randy Lee
as Hun No. 1
Darryl Quon
as Hun No. 2
Gerald Wong
as Hun No. 3
Teagle F. Bougere
as Teacher (Mike)
Pat Kiernan
as TV News Anchor
Nico McEown
as Friend No. 1
Meshach Peters
as Friend No. 2
Matthew Walker
as Politician
Jason McKinnon
as Irish Worker
Jonathan Lee
as Chinese Rail Worker
Cade Wagar
as Viking
Cory P. Martin
as Chinese Terra Cotta ...
Jason Glass
as Blind Driver
Brent Woolsey
as Larry Riding Double
Blaise Corrigan
as Stunt Driver
Adam Bryant
as Teddy Stand-In
Charlie Murphy
as Taxi Driver
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News & Interviews for Night at the Museum

Critic Reviews for Night at the Museum

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (34)

One of the most neutrally adequate blockbusters of the modern age.

Full Review… | December 6, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review… | June 17, 2009

...lightweight and inoffensive...

Full Review… | July 28, 2007
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

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
IGN Movies

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

Full Review… | June 13, 2007

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

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Night at the Museum


I normally dont like Ben stiller but this was a nice movie and very enjoyable.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

You'd think that with such a ridiculous premise and with such cheesy humour that "Night at the Museum" will go down in flames, and although there are many moments that do, this is still a very fun family film that can be enjoyed any time. No, it does not break any new ground, but the sure joy that comes from watching all of these things and people come to life was a blast to see unfold. After many dead ends throughout his life, Larry Daley finds himself being hired as a night guard at the Museum of Natural History and it is his job to keep it secure once he finds out that all hell breaks loose at night. I think I have more fun watching this than I should, but it really is just a harmless family adventure that has it's moments. It is funny when it needs to be (even if it does go a little overboard) and it's charming when the charm feels necessary. "Night at the Museum" earns a mild recommendation.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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,

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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