Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Critic 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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Critic Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
The result is pretty much a free-form traffic jam in which everyone fights everyone else.
It's a collection of some of the most interesting figures throughout history and some of the most talented performers we have working today.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
After seeing the first film, I was worried that they would just be milking the story for extra cash, and while that probably is the only reason this was made, at least they cared enough to stay true to the first. The story builds as all of the statues are shipped to Washington DC where they will be on display for more of the world to see, which makes for a bigger and better "Night at the Museum" if you will. This film improves on story and back tracks on comedy, leaving a film that's neither better or worse than its predecessor. Overall, it has it's moments once again and I felt a little more attached to these characters than I did in the first, but there is just something special missing from these films. I fear it misses the Chris Columbus style of direction. In the end, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" is dumb fun just like the first.
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.
Battle of the Smithsonian makes Night at the Museum look like Citizen Kane as somehow they've managed to throw in even more unneccesary CGI, Characters, painfully bad jokes and un funny slapstick. The one word honestly that would describe the entire film as a sequel or as a stand alone is, unnecessary.
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Quotes
|Teenage Boy #1:||It's Brunden.|
|Teenage Boy #1:||Bah-run-den|
|Larry Daley:||Brunden..what, they run out of 'U's on the name tag?|
|Teenage Boy #1:||Oh, I don't know; did they run out of jokes at the interesting joke store that you shop at?|
|Teddy Roosevelt:||The key to happiness is doing what you love|
|Teddy Roosevelt:||The key to happiness is doing what you love.|
|Teddy Roosevelt:||Good Lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?|
|Amelia Earhart:||I just feel as if I've been asleep for along time and now suddenly I'm awake.|
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