Night at the Museum - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Night at the Museum Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2007
What a dull, nice movie, wrenched from a wild premise and battered into docility.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
January 3, 2007
A film that veers, often without much direction, between a family-friendly comic romp and an attempt to touch our souls with heartfelt emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2007
As mindless spectacle, this is reasonably entertaining.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 30, 2006
... an aimless and riotous mess.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 30, 2006
Stiller's continued efforts to court the broadest possible audience has taken the edge off his comedy.
| Original Score: D+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 26, 2006
It's just so dopey.
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 22, 2006
Rarely has so much production value yielded so little in terms of audience engagement.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 22, 2006
Fun for the whole family? Probably not, but certainly for those members who are only permitted to hang out when the lawyers say it's okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 22, 2006
The movie, despite some lavish special effects, feels perfunctory and generic. Kids may well enjoy it (the 7-year-old with me giggled all the way through); adults may squirm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2006
Like the institution it portrays, Night at the Museum comes alive after dark. It's a perfect movie to take the kids to. Who knows, it might even inspire them to want to visit an actual museum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 22, 2006
It might be fair to give Ben Stiller an 'A' for effort, but to call what he does in this movie "acting" is a misnomer. He does a lot of running around, occasionally falling down or bumping into things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2006
Kids, supposedly too bored to go to such museums anymore (one of the film's messages, along with 'learn your history') should find this a Night to remember.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2006
The special effects are far more inspired than the comedy in Night at the Museum, which strands several generations of performers in a highly derivative script and hackneyed direction.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 22, 2006
Really young kids may like the noise and chaos of the movie, but the real museum on Central Park West has its own 'A Night at the Museum' program that sounds a lot better.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 22, 2006
Night at the Museum, based on a kids' book by Milan Trenc, is so wonderfully energetic it doesn't leave much time for questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 22, 2006
Night at the Museum is not just a wild runaround of computer-generated creatures. Well, OK, that's mostly what it is. Still, there is something of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 22, 2006
The special effects rule, yet they don't overpower simple, character-driven slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 22, 2006
Though far less ambitious than Jurassic Park, Night at the Museum is also far less terrifying than Jumanji. It is happy where it is, and the audience I saw it with seemed to appreciate that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2006
Night at the Museum, in fact, is stuffed with smart performers doing graciously silly work, and all [director Shawn] Levy has to do is manage traffic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 21, 2006
If only family comedies would evolve and not assume that a good concept, convincing special effects and a strong cast automatically add up to fun.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 21, 2006
Night at the Museum adheres to the current Hollywood philosophy that coherence doesnt matter if enough stuff is thrown onto the screen.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 2006
All attempts at non-effects storytelling fall completely flat.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 21, 2006
It's definitely a cute, workable premise, but as mishandled by director Shawn Levy, the inspiration that was required to make Museum fly is seldom on exhibit in this interminably monotonous production.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2006
The special effects are a blast. The T-Rex skeleton looks authentic as it clatters down the hallway after a terrified Larry. But even better is the remarkable, star-studded ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2006
Cavemen and dinosaurs, cowboys and Roman soldiers, lions and zebras, all running amok, sounds like more fun than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 21, 2006
It's a fun ride, and the big payoff -- that history turns out to be way cooler than its reputation suggests -- is even more gratifying.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 21, 2006
It's never too late to enjoy a little holiday fantasy, such as spending a Night at the Museum.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 21, 2006
A pea-brained fantasy-comedy with a riot of kid-pleasing special effects.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 21, 2006
Night at the Museum is a high-concept comedy that skimps on things such as plot and character development but holds nothing back when it comes to high-energy silliness. In other words, it's vintage Ben Stiller in his wacky mode.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2006
The writers are content to let the magical beings simply run around and crash into things. I got a Jumanji headache about 30 minutes in.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 21, 2006
Computer-generated things that go bump in the night can't cover for a thin story and less-than-inspired performances from Stiller and Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 20, 2006
If you've ever wanted to see a prehistoric man hurl fire-extinguisher foam in Stiller's face, this could be your only chance.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
December 19, 2006
The first half-hour's too slow; the last half-hour's too manic, as if to compensate. But at least it entertains.