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National Treasure Reviews

June 24, 2006
A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons.
November 24, 2004
This movie is a fortune wasted.
November 23, 2004
National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises.
November 22, 2004
So bad on so many levels.
November 20, 2004
Cage? Movie star as social studies teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 19, 2004
Taken simply as a popcorn flick, National Treasure has its pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2004
The best cinematic comfort food you could ask for.
| Original Score: B+
November 19, 2004
Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 19, 2004
This infantile excuse for an adventure yarn plays more like a triple-cross between The DaVinci Code, CSI, and The Amazing Race than Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 19, 2004
Sluggish for a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but maybe the kids will learn something.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2004
As documents go, this one tastes like cardboard.
November 19, 2004
The best thing about National Treasure is how clever it is.
November 19, 2004
Cage plays Gates way too broadly and crudely; I half expected him to break into his patented Elvis impersonation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 19, 2004
An almost tongue-in-cheek fantasy wrapped around well-researched historical details.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
It has no ambition, little sense and false sentiment, but it does have velocity, high spirits and scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
Cage invests none of the edge, passion or heart we've come to expect from him in the part. Bean has no decent villainous moments, and the rest of the cast (save for Voight) is forgettable and generic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 19, 2004
People run. Things blow up. Sometimes, just to add another layer of nuance, people run away as things blow up.
November 19, 2004
Interminable and riddled with plot holes you could drive a humvee through.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 19, 2004
Nicolas Cage usually brims with personality, but you wouldn't know it from this pedestrian ripoff of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 19, 2004
A joyfully convoluted adventure yarn that moves lickety-split through clichés, plot holes and overall narrative mayhem until the whole unlikely rig screeches to a halt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
National Treasure is not so much a no-brainer as a brain-stunner, so audaciously ridiculous you are initially intrigued, then soon irritated by its incoherence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2004
A formula-action exercise that's part Indiana Jones, part Da Vinci Code, part history trivia lesson and all bluster, Treasure proves quickly that it's fool's gold at best.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 19, 2004
If you're looking for National Treasure to rewrite history, you're wasting your vote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2004
National Treasure falls a bit short both as a window into the American past and as crackling good adventure.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 19, 2004
Laudable, at times inventive.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2004
A bruising US history class, taught in Dolby Surround.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2004
National Treasure is so silly that the Monty Python version could use the same screenplay, line for line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2004
Unfortunately, it lacks the conviction to embrace its own garish awfulness, resulting in little more than tedious historical and patriotic hokum...
November 18, 2004
It's everything you loved about The Da Vinci Code, stripped of its religious context and transposed to early America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2004
One of the more implausible movies in recent memory.
November 18, 2004
This long, and long-winded, series of middling cliffhangers won't pump the adrenaline of action aficionados.
November 18, 2004
The picture is 25 minutes of fun, spread over 125 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2004
Treasure may fall a notch below Pirates of the Caribbean on the pleasureometer, but it does give American history sex appeal and celebrates a guy who relies on brainware rather than gadgets.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2004
With its ludicrous frisson of patriotism and a nod to The Da Vinci Code, a more cynical grab for Hollywood gold is hard to imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 18, 2004
Has all the soul, wit and originality of a major co-branding campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 18, 2004
An above-average popcorn movie.
November 18, 2004
This one's no treasure. But it features a few interesting baubles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 18, 2004
Almost every scene in this generic action movie is ripped off from somewhere else.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 18, 2004
Rancid cinematic cheese.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 18, 2004
The lighthearted, rocket-paced adventure doesn't have a shred of plausibility -- and it doesn't pretend to. But it has oodles of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2004
Alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2004
It fakes high concept, but turns into a whole lot of hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: C-