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National Treasure: Book of Secrets Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 26, 2007
This just might be the silliest movie ever to feature three Academy Award winners.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 21, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 21, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
December 21, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 21, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2007
Is it possible to enjoy Book of Secrets? Obviously, although its lunacy requires a level of suspension of disbelief that some will be incapable of attaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
December 21, 2007
The hyperactive sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets sends its archaeologist hero on a globetrotting quest that might have been devised after a long night of Wikipedia surfing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 21, 2007
It's another flick about maps, landmarks and buried treasure that makes The Da Vinci Code look like Tolstoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 21, 2007
All you can do is sit and watch, and wish there was more wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 21, 2007
The film is baffling -- the scheme that links the conspirators throughout three centuries would flummox the Illuminati -- but as a sort of vacation scrapbook of the lovely places where the cast spent last summer, it's pleasant enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2007
Tepid and predictable though the action largely is, Bartha provides intermittent comic relief and Mirren is her usual droll self.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 21, 2007
This National Treasure sequel, like its 2004 original, is a dumb movie about smart people that uses just enough historical trivia to make you feel like you're bettered by the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 21, 2007
As long as it's galloping along, the movie's perfectly good popcorn -- in itself a rarity these days -- but eventually you get down to the burnt kernels at the bottom of the bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 21, 2007
As with the first movie, Book of Secrets leaps around like a choppy travel documentary.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 2007
A thumping, gabby slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 21, 2007
This diminishing-returns sequel sends Nicolas Cage on another quest to strike it rich, get young auds excited about history and solve puzzles that are generally less stimulating than yesterday's Sudoku.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2007
Everything has been significantly amped up -- bigger, louder, further removed from reality -- but it also feels that much more forced. Cage and Kruger seem like they're not having much fun this time around, and Bartha still gets the best throwaway lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Entertainment Weekly
December 21, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 20, 2007
Secrets could easily lose 20 minutes, especially once it runs out of energy toward the end. But it's fun, goofy, and fleet enough to merit a third go-round.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 20, 2007
This second Jerry Bruckheimer National Treasure adventure, feebly directed by Jon Turtletaub, is no better than the first -- which means it will probably be creamed by critics and make a jillion dollars.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 20, 2007
It's virtually the same movie with new locations. Oh, plus Helen Mirren. Not a bad addition, but the popcorn fun is gone.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2007
All you want from a movie like this, really, is a little brainless fun, and it keeps holding out on you.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 20, 2007
It's all pretty inane if you stop to think about it, but director Joe Turteltaub works tirelessly to make sure we don't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 20, 2007
This is a Mouth Agape Movie, during which your mouth hangs open in astonishment at one preposterous event after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 20, 2007
Let's not kid anyone here. This franchise is all about dumb fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice
December 20, 2007
If you can put all sense of realism on hold, you'll be rewarded with a moderately pleasing diversion.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 20, 2007
It's wonderful how much real history they sandwich into this ham and cheese on wry.
| Original Score: 3/5