National Treasure (2004)



Critic Consensus: National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot.

Movie Info

Benjamin Franklin Gates is a third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Hidden by our Founding Fathers, they left clues to the Treasure's location right before our eyes--from our nation's birthplace, to the nation's capitol, to clues buried within the symbols on the dollar bill. Gates' life-long journey leads him to the … More

Rating: PG (for action violence and some scary images)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly, Cormac Wibberley, Jim Kouf, Marianne Wibberley
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005
Box Office: $173.0M
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as Ben Gates

as Abigail Chase

as Riley Poole

as Ian Howe

as Patrick Gates

as Agent Sadusky

as John Adams Gates

as Young Ben Gates

as Shippen

as Agent Dawes

as Agent Johnson

as Agent Hendricks

as Agent Colfax
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Critic Reviews for National Treasure

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (43)

A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Historical adventure is a fun romp for tweens and up.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Though Turtletaub's direction is inspired, everything else from acting, to plot, and dialogue falls flat...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Not only safe for Junior and Grandma but also pretty entertaining.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Turteltaub manages to stitch it all together well enough so that the ludicrous nature of the characters' quest doesn't hit you until the final credits roll.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

If you can see the film through the eyes of a child -- one who thinks a cheesy thriller is the ideal way to pick up new facts about history -- then this isn't that bad a yarn.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for National Treasure


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Fun, but terrible.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Although technically the film wasn't very good (the acting was ok at best and the main plot details we pretty obvious) I had quite a lot of fun watching it. I was able to get into the story and it felt like I was going on this journey with them. I really liked the figuring out the riddles and the adventures and it seems this film is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's kind of a second rate Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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