Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian


Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Critics Consensus

Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian is busy enough to keep the kids interested but the slapstick goes overboard and the special effects (however well executed) throw the production into mania.



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Movie Info

Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, the unfortunate night watchman who continues to encounter living and breathing museum exhibits in Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian, 20th Century Fox's tent-pole sequel from director Shawn Levy. Scott Frank, Robert Ben Garant, and Thomas Lennon provide the script, with Chris Columbus returning to handle producing duties. Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Hank Azaria join the returning cast of Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and Owen Wilson in the 1492 and 21 Laps Entertainment co-production.

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Ben Stiller
as Larry Daley
Amy Adams
as Amelia Earhart
Robin Williams
as Teddy Roosevelt
Ricky Gervais
as Dr. McPhee
Owen Wilson
as Jedediah
Bill Hader
as General Custer
Christopher Guest
as Ivan the Terrible
Jon Bernthal
as Al Capone
Alain Chabat
as Napoleon
Patrick Gallagher
as Attila the Hun
Rami Malek
as Akhmenrah
Thomas Morley
as Darth Vader
Steve Coogan
as Octavius
Keith Powell
as Tuskegee Airman #1
Craig Robinson
as Tuskegee Airman #2
Mizuo Peck
as Sacajawea
Jay Baruchel
as Sailor Joey Motorola
Kerry Van Der Griend
as Neantherthal #1
Matthew Harrison
as Neanderthal #2
Rick Dobran
as Neanderthal #3
Randy Lee
as Hun #1
Augustus Oicle
as Teenage Boy #2
Kai James
as Teenage Boy #3
Clint Howard
as Air and Space Mission Control Tech #1
Matty Finochio
as Air and Space Mission Control Tech #2
Josh Byer
as Capone Gangster #1
Sophie Levy
as Young Girl #1
Tess Levy
as Young Girl #2
Alberta Mayne
as Kissing Nurse
Christina Schild
as 'American Gothic' Woman
Robert Thurston
as 'American Gothic' Farmer
Clifton Murray
as Kissing Sailor
Samuel Patrick Chu
as Teenage Boy #1
Carroll Spinney
as Oscar the Grouch
Dan Joffre
as Town Car Driver
Dave Hospes
as Astronaut
Regina Taufen
as New York Reporter
Shawn Levy
as Infomercial Father
Joe Jonas
as Cherub
Nick Jonas
as Cherub
Eugene Levy
as Einstein
Brad Garrett
as Easter Island Head
Hank Azaria
as Kahmunrah, Abe Lincoln/The Thinker
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Critic Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (92)

  • The result is pretty much a free-form traffic jam in which everyone fights everyone else.

    Jun 1, 2009 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • It's a collection of some of the most interesting figures throughout history and some of the most talented performers we have working today.

    May 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • This is a family comedy that will entertain the kids and amuse the grown-ups. It's also a rare Hollywood sequel that's better than the original.

    May 26, 2009
  • a scattergun trawl through human (albeit mostly American) history and culture, with the emphasis more on entertainment than instruction.

    May 25, 2009
  • All up it's Levy's best work so far and while I realise that's faint praise, it's far from being damning.

    May 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, is breezier than the first Museum, at least to me, which means in three years I'll be revising my opinion downward.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

  • Nov 17, 2014
    Making all the mistakes of a sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian goes too far and becomes a big dumb mess. The adventure continues as New York's museum exhibits are shipped to the Smithsonian, where Kahmunrah is brought to life and attempts to use the magic tablet to open the Gate of the Underworld, but Larry Daley comes to the rescue when his friends call for help. Most of the original cast return and are joined by Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, and Bill Hader. Unfortunately going bigger with museum pieces coming to life just makes the film seem that much more ridiculous and harder to go with. The same goes for the characters, there are too many and they're too diverse: from Kahmunrah to Gen. Custer to Einstein. Still, this creates the opportunity for a lot of mismatched comedy bits that deliver some good laughs. While it has some entertaining moments, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is just too busy and chaotic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2013
    Sequel to Night of the Museum is a mediocre attempt at capturing the essence of the original. Although the first was never anything great, I found it quite amusing in some areas, but in others the film fell apart. That is mostly the case with sequels, they try to amp up the stakes, and in turn, they fail to capture what was truly engaging from the original. This is a mediocre sequel, one that should have been much better than what we got. Although the original was never anything great, or highly memorable, it was a fun film to enjoy with the family. This on the other hand is a tiresome, uninspired film that wastes its potential. The jokes here are bland and there is never anything interesting to really make this film worth your time. I really was disappointed with this film, but I much preferred the original. Even if the first wasn't perfect, it was a fun and highly entertaining film worth seeing. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian has a few laughs here and there, but never anything substantial to make this a worthwhile family film. This isn't an awful film, but this is more like a movie that needed more work than anything else. The ideas were there, but the script, I felt was underdeveloped and needed work to make this sequel standout. As it is, this is quite forgettable, and is worth only seeing once, and I think it's a shame because there were parts here that worked, and given a rewrite or two, this sequel would surely have been lots of fun. However it ends up being a mediocre, tiresome affair that leaves a lot to be desired.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Bad sequel, it was boring, unoriginal, and Stillers performance was forgettable
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    Slapstick comedy that has no business being their makes this kids only. Even some kids might not like it. I would like to start off by saying that this has some really bad acting. Ben Stiller was okay but that guy that played the pharaoh was horrible. Bad tone of voice, bad facial features, and bad body language. Usually actors only have one area in which they have to work on. The rest of the actors where okay. The direction was really messy and non professional. But it's for kids so I'll give them that. The writing was messy as well. Most of the dialogue did not contribute to the overall story and plot. It was added just for comic relief and it wasn't that funny. The best and only good part was of course the production. Very good production values. If it wasn't for the production values this would have gotten one star. That extra star is for the astonishing production. The special effects are really good. Especially the T-Rex. My favorite character was Al Capone. I did find it a little funny how he was in black and white. If you like history or films that are just thrown together then you would like this.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer

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