National Treasure: Book of Secrets


National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Critics Consensus

A talented cast goes to waste in the improbable National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which is eerily similar to the first film.



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In this adventure-filled sequel to the 2004 blockbuster National Treasure, Nicolas Cage reprises his role as artifact hunter and archaeologist extraordinaire Ben Franklin Gates. In this outing, Gates learns of his own family's implication in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Gates must then locate an elusive diary, not only to clear his family's name, but to unearth and connect several secrets, buried within the book, that point to a massive, global conspiracy. The film co-stars Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Helen Mirren as Ben's mother. Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Nicolas Cage
as Ben Gates
Justin Bartha
as Riley Poole
Diane Kruger
as Abigail Chase
Jon Voight
as Patrick Gates
Helen Mirren
as Emily Appleton
Ed Harris
as Mitch Wilkinson
Bruce Greenwood
as The President
Ty Burrell
as Connor
Alicia Coppola
as FBI Agent Spellman
Armando Riesco
as FBI Agent Hendricks
Albert Hall
as Dr. Nichols
Joel Gretsch
as Thomas Gates
Christian Camargo
as John Wilkes Booth
Brent Briscoe
as Michael O'Laughlen
Billy Unger
as Charles Gates
Brad Rowe
as Agent Hooper
Zachary Gordon
as Lincoln Conspiracy Kid
Peter Woodward
as Palace Guard Haggis
Oliver Muirhead
as Control Room Guard
Larry Cedar
as Control Room Guard
Troy Winbush
as Agent Hammer
Billy Devlin
as Agent Sledge
William R. Johnson
as Agent Stander
Richard Cutting
as Agent Tyme
Rachel Cora Wood
as Girl Customer
Alicia Leigh Willis
as Lady Customer
Rachel Cora Wood
as Girl Customer
Natalie Dreyfuss
as Angry College Girl
Michael Stone Forrest
as Press Secretary
Susan Lynskey
as Asst. Press Secretary
David E. Goodman
as Assistant Press Secretary
Grant Thompson
as Boat Patrolman
Patrizia Dizebba
as Press Secretary's Secretary
Jon Abel
as Senator
Maryellen Aviano
as Senator's Wife
Eric W. Carlson
as Air Force General
Mary Firestone
as FBI Agent Doer
Randy Travis
as Celebrity Music Star
Robert Koch
as FBI Agent Stayres
Emerson Brooks
as FBI Agent Steppes
Tim Talman
as FBI Agent Cade
Emily Joyce
as Palace Guide
Glenn Beck
as Abraham Lincoln
Judy Renihan
as Mary Todd Lincoln
Stephen Hibbert
as Tourist On Toilet
Jonathan Emmett
as Palace Guard Soldier
Susan Beresford
as Mrs. Mountchessington
Demetri Goritsas
as Asa Trenchard
C.C. Smiff
as Major Rathbone
Demitri Goritsas
as Asa Trenchard
David Ury
as Barkeep
Milsey Peter Miles
as Beer Truck Driver
Ben Homewood
as Taxi Passenger
Michael McCafferty
as Snooty Historian
Russ Widdall
as Treasure Fanatic
Hans George Struhar
as Range River Owner
as Mover
John Travis
as Helicopter Pilot Mike
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Critic Reviews for National Treasure: Book of Secrets

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (82)

  • This just might be the silliest movie ever to feature three Academy Award winners.

    Dec 26, 2007
  • Leave it to coproducer Jerry Bruckheimer to revive the Indiana Jones cycle without the period setting, the camp elements, or Spielberg's efficiency; director Jon Turteltaub just plods along.

    Dec 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This sequel is what you would expect: If you liked the original, you'll probably enjoy this retread. But be warned: It bogs down in a drawn-out scene near the end.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • As much as you want to applaud the movie's winking commitment to its own Looney Tunes logic, it's frustrating when lazy and illogical plot devices are used like cattle prods.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The movie's convoluted hide-and-seek plot also demands a White House break-in that makes about as much sense as subprime mortgage rates.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This American history-themed action thriller doesn't get many points for realism, but it makes up ground in so many other areas that you probably won't care.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for National Treasure: Book of Secrets

  • May 21, 2013
    Maybe this movie is fun, but ridiculous plot and bad acting killed all possibilities of this movie being something more.
    Mate M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2012
    I actually liked this one more than the first. It wasn't as ridiculous and it just wasn't as boring. Plus, it was a lot funnier. I really liked Ed Harris' role as the villain unlike Sean Bean's role as the villain in the first. Harris' fate is a lot more satisfying and meaningful to the story arc than Bean's was. And I thought the idea of the President having a secret book that holds information only accessible to the U.S. Presidents was really cool, and I think it's definitely possible that something like it exists. National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a sequel that works because it's more interesting and more entertaining than the original.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2012
    Just as good as the first in getting you gripped into the film, Maybe not as clever as the first but still very good, Maybe sometimes hard to follow on how the clues are figured out but a very good sequel.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2012
    National Treasure: Book of Secrets ratchets up the crazy by a factor of 10. This time Ben Gates is on a quest to find the lost City of Gold in order to prove that his great grandfather wasn't a conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination. Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, and Jon Voight return, and are joined by Ed Harris and Helen Mirren. Cage and Kruger easily slip back into their roles and recapture the magic that made their characters so fun in the first film. However, this plot is just too convoluted to go with. There are a lot of fun moments, but the adventure's not as interesting or entertaining. The story is weak, but National Treasure: Book of Secrets manages to deliver a fun and solidly entertaining adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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