Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010
I'm not sure if anyone in this film actually acted alongside anyone else, or if the performances were all cut together in the editing suite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 21, 2009
It makes everything bigger and more impressive on a technical level, but can't ever find a story to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 29, 2009
I know not every person is going to agree with me on this one, but I'm going to say it anyway: Azaria's lisping Kahmunrah is one of the most annoying and unfunny characters that has ever appeared on a movie screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Doesn't have the originality of the first film and feels a little boring as such.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2009
Watching historical figures enact the cliches identified with the most simplistic versions of their images, I found myself yet once again echoing the frequent cry of Gene Siskel: Why not just give us a documentary of the same actors having lunch?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 22, 2009
Adults have the choice of either admiring the scenery or taking a nap. There's not much else worth doing. Certainly, paying attention to the story is an exercise in futility, but you're welcome to try...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2009
How can one movie contain Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Steve Coogan, Amy Adams, Christopher Guest, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson while offering so very little in the way of laughs?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 22, 2009
Marvel at the movie's cheerful idiocy, which seems definitive -- even though the summer season has just begun -- and at the efficiency with which the filmmakers have dumbed down a dumb premise of proven success.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
One wonders if director Shawn Levy was more interested in cramming special effects into the movie than creating actual comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Belinda Luscombe
TIME Magazine
May 22, 2009
In bringing history, literally, to life, and having as much fun with it as it is computer-graphically possible to have, director Shawn Levy and Reno 911 writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon at least make [Museum] worth noticing.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 21, 2009
The two short scenes that bring British comic Ricky Gervais into the movie as the stuffy museum administrator suggest the possibility of a third movie... A decent script surely is needed before that's given the go-ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
May 22, 2009
Talented comedians Robin Williams and Ricky Gervais are wasted in small roles. Grownups chaperoning the youngsters will be bored as the 105 minutes seem interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 22, 2009
This was a chance to show young people how history comes alive at the world's biggest museum, but instead, it makes the Smithsonian seem like a place where dopey comics go to croak.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2009
It's not so much a movie as a series of running antiquity gags, good for a comedy club, not so much for the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
May 25, 2009
a scattergun trawl through human (albeit mostly American) history and culture, with the emphasis more on entertainment than instruction.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
May 22, 2009
The best, and possibly only, reason to watch Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is the enchanting Amy Adams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
May 20, 2009
Enjoy the zooming action and slightly nerdy reverence for the past, and try not to think about what this delightful concept might have been in the hands of a tighter, more aware director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2009
It falls flat trying to muster up any mirth or suspense as it barrels from one set piece to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
June 7, 2009
Stiller has a look on his face as if he knows he's participating in total garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 18, 2009
A lack of discipline and a desire to appeal to the lowest common denominator have wreaked havoc on a decent cast and a great idea, almost burying the outstanding effects. It's a flimsy rescue story.
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
May 22, 2009
The museum sparkles, but the movie is awfully dull.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011

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