National Treasure


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.


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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 last place anyone thought to look: a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. Gates realizes in order to protect the world's greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands. In a race against time, Gates must elude the authorities, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary, decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000 year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure.

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Nicolas Cage
as Ben Gates
Diane Kruger
as Abigail Chase
Justin Bartha
as Riley Poole
Sean Bean
as Ian Howe
Jon Voight
as Patrick Gates
Harvey Keitel
as Agent Sadusky
Christopher Plummer
as John Adams Gates
Hunter Gomez
as Young Ben Gates
Annie Parisse
as Agent Dawes
Mark Pellegrino
as Agent Johnson
Armando Riesco
as Agent Hendricks
Erik King
as Agent Colfax
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Critic Reviews for National Treasure

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (42)

A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

This movie is a fortune wasted.

Nov 24, 2004

National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises.

Nov 23, 2004 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

So bad on so many levels.

Nov 22, 2004

Cage? Movie star as social studies teacher.

Nov 20, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Taken simply as a popcorn flick, National Treasure has its pleasures.

Nov 19, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

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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
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


This film is so much fun! I love History and the film is pretty exciting, and honestly, I can't complain with that. The script and acting is meh, but the movie is fun and characters are likable. I definitely recommend this one.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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