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



Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: PG (for mild action and brief language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
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Written By: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Scott Frank
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 1, 2009
Box Office: $177.1M
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Critic Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (40)

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

Full Review… | June 1, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

The silliness meanders wildly, and Stiller looks like he's more than happy to let everyone else do most of the work.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
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".

Full Review… | December 1, 2009
Projection Booth

No stone is left unturned.

Full Review… | November 30, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian


Not bad. I dont usually like Ben Stiller. But this served as a perfect segue into my activities in DC with my girls. We are going to be exploring the Smithsonian and this movie got them so excited to go.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

After seeing the first film, I was worried that they would just be milking the story for extra cash, and while that probably is the only reason this was made, at least they cared enough to stay true to the first. The story builds as all of the statues are shipped to Washington DC where they will be on display for more of the world to see, which makes for a bigger and better "Night at the Museum" if you will. This film improves on story and back tracks on comedy, leaving a film that's neither better or worse than its predecessor. Overall, it has it's moments once again and I felt a little more attached to these characters than I did in the first, but there is just something special missing from these films. I fear it misses the Chris Columbus style of direction. In the end, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" is dumb fun just like the first.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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