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Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 92

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian is busy enough to keep the kids interested but the slapstick goes overboard and the special effects (however well executed) throw the production into mania.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 21

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian is busy enough to keep the kids interested but the slapstick goes overboard and the special effects (however well executed) throw the production into mania.

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Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, the unfortunate night watchman who continues to encounter living and breathing museum exhibits in Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian, 20th Century Fox's tent-pole sequel from director Shawn Levy. Scott Frank, Robert Ben Garant, and Thomas Lennon provide the script, with Chris Columbus returning to handle producing duties. Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Hank Azaria join the returning cast of Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and Owen Wilson in the 1492

Dec 1, 2009

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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (92) | DVD (5)

The result is pretty much a free-form traffic jam in which everyone fights everyone else.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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It's a collection of some of the most interesting figures throughout history and some of the most talented performers we have working today.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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This is a family comedy that will entertain the kids and amuse the grown-ups. It's also a rare Hollywood sequel that's better than the original.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, is breezier than the first Museum, at least to me, which means in three years I'll be revising my opinion downward.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Azaria pretty much steals the show.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The museum sparkles, but the movie is awfully dull.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The silliness meanders wildly, and Stiller looks like he's more than happy to let everyone else do most of the work.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

I'm not sure if anyone in this film actually acted alongside anyone else, or if the performances were all cut together in the editing suite.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Doesn't have the originality of the first film and feels a little boring as such.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Amy Adams is the lone saving grace to be found herein, which is a nice way of saying she's all that kept me from pondering "to be or not to be".

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

No stone is left unturned.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

One wonders if director Shawn Levy was more interested in cramming special effects into the movie than creating actual comedy.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian can be too cluttered and hyperactive to appreciate its broad pleasures.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

...what the heck, it's fun on the same level as the original...

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Amy Adams adds plenty of welcome 'moxie' (and a tight pair of aviator's britches), but otherwise there's not much here besides noise, chaos and monkey-slapping.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

With all the oversized personalities that surround him, Stiller gets upstaged.

June 7, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Stiller has a look on his face as if he knows he's participating in total garbage.

June 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly
Tucson Weekly

It was fresh, funny and clever the first time. Now, not so much.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

an amusing concept that still holds some charm now, although it also lends itself to bombastic overkill, which sequels are naturally inclined toward anyway

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Best of all are Azaria, a brilliant comic character actor... and Adams as the feisty Earhart, thrilled to be off on a new adventure.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Smithsonian wants to be frothy, but it can't help having a little more heart and soul than you'd expect or even require. Give it a chance, it's a fun show.

May 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Unfunny, unnecessary and with unlimited box office potential, 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian' is all show and no go.

May 30, 2009 Full Review | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

... more of the same while being slightly different and raising the stakes. It's a formulaic sequel, but it works every bit as well as the original did.

May 30, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

With the exception of Amy Adams' performance and some excellent special effects, this sequel fails to live up to the first 'Night at the Museum' romp.

May 30, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Wow, count this as one film that completely took me by surprise!

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Sequel to Night of the Museum is a mediocre attempt at capturing the essence of the original. Although the first was never anything great, I found it quite amusing in some areas, but in others the film fell apart. That is mostly the case with sequels, they try to amp up the stakes, and in turn, they fail to capture what was truly engaging from the original. This is a mediocre sequel, one that should have been much better than what we got. Although the original was never anything great, or highly memorable, it was a fun film to enjoy with the family. This on the other hand is a tiresome, uninspired film that wastes its potential. The jokes here are bland and there is never anything interesting to really make this film worth your time. I really was disappointed with this film, but I much preferred the original. Even if the first wasn't perfect, it was a fun and highly entertaining film worth seeing. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian has a few laughs here and there, but never anything substantial to make this a worthwhile family film. This isn't an awful film, but this is more like a movie that needed more work than anything else. The ideas were there, but the script, I felt was underdeveloped and needed work to make this sequel standout. As it is, this is quite forgettable, and is worth only seeing once, and I think it's a shame because there were parts here that worked, and given a rewrite or two, this sequel would surely have been lots of fun. However it ends up being a mediocre, tiresome affair that leaves a lot to be desired.
August 19, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Battle of the Smithsonian makes Night at the Museum look like Citizen Kane as somehow they've managed to throw in even more unneccesary CGI, Characters, painfully bad jokes and un funny slapstick. The one word honestly that would describe the entire film as a sequel or as a stand alone is, unnecessary.
December 29, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The follow up to Ben Stiller's hit goes by the motto: bigger, larger, more. And the idea to take it to the Washington Smithsonian museums, where you do not only get historical figures come to life, but also paintings and planes is actually pretty fun. There is plenty of action and quite a few fun sequences, but fact is: the plot isn't much to write home about and a few gags and ideas just don't work. The singing/rapping angels are particularly stupid. Of course, the film is too fast and eventful to ever bore you, sometimes you even forget to look for the many flaws. The really sweet ending even makes you think you've seen a better film than it actually is. For what it's worth: Children certainly will have a lot of fun with this, but there is very little for adults here.
December 14, 2011
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. Teenage Boy #1: It's Brunden.
    2. Larry Daley: Brunden?
    3. Teenage Boy #1: Bah-run-den
    4. Larry Daley: Brunden..what, they run out of 'U's on the name tag?
    5. Teenage Boy #1: Oh, I don't know; did they run out of jokes at the interesting joke store that you shop at?
    – Submitted by Wendy N (15 months ago)
    1. Teddy Roosevelt: The key to happiness is doing what you love.
    – Submitted by Karthi K (20 months ago)
    1. Teddy Roosevelt: Good Lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?
    – Submitted by Karthi K (20 months ago)
    1. Amelia Earhart: I just feel as if I've been asleep for along time and now suddenly I'm awake.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (2 years ago)
    1. Teddy Roosevelt: [trying to interpret the tablet] The man with the spear trapped the sideways fish in a vase. Ah! And there was also a beetle.
    – Submitted by Daniel W (2 years ago)
    1. Teddy Roosevelt: The key to happiness is doing what you love.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
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