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Night at the Museum (2006)


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

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 20

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 720,989


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 … More

PG (for mild action, language and brief rude humor)
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Robert Ben Garant , Thomas Lennon
In Theaters:
Apr 24, 2007
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Night at the Museum

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (73) | DVD (32)

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A film that veers, often without much direction, between a family-friendly comic romp and an attempt to touch our souls with heartfelt emotion.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As mindless spectacle, this is reasonably entertaining.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... an aimless and riotous mess.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stiller's continued efforts to court the broadest possible audience has taken the edge off his comedy.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

It's just so dopey.

December 26, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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
7M Pictures

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Dark night of the soul is more like it.

Full Review… | March 3, 2007

This pastiche comedy is a piecemeal procedure in Hollywood excess.

Full Review… | February 19, 2007

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

Full Review… | February 4, 2007

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.

Full Review… | January 31, 2007

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

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2007
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!

Full Review… | January 9, 2007

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2007
Observer [UK]

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

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


Non-threatening. Non-offensive. Non-intersting but somehow still pleasant.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

An unfortunately dull comedy with an interesting concept but a flatline plot.


Night at the Museum Quotes

Easter Island Head:
Hey! Dum-dum!
Larry Daley:
Easter Island Head:
You give me gum-gum!
Larry Daley:
I give you gum-gum?
– Submitted by Max H (2 months ago)
We may be small, but our hearts are large!
– Submitted by Max H (2 months ago)
Larry Daley:
Everything in the museum come to life at night!
– Submitted by Brandon M (2 years ago)
Look, we're men. We fight, okay? That's what we do!
It's kinda how we pass the time.
– Submitted by Carmela G (3 years ago)
Instructions. You start with One. Two. Three...
Larry Daley:
Teddy Roosevelt:
Are you crackin' wise? I oughta punch you in the nose, Hopscotch.
– Submitted by Andrew T (3 years ago)
Cecil Fredricks:
Moving on.
– Submitted by Andrew T (3 years ago)

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