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  • Summary: Nicholas Cage stars as the brilliant treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates in who discovers a secret from our nation's past that will lead to the greatest adventure in history. (Disney)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 35
  2. Negative: 13 out of 35
  1. Overall the film is alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    It's a tomb-raiding adventure movie several notches below Indiana Jones status.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    Ham-handed to start, with a fondness for cochlea-crushing decibel levels, National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises.
  4. 50
    National Treasure is so silly that the Monty Python version could use the same screenplay, line for line.
  5. 40
    It's a silly, stupendously artificial enterprise.
  6. 38
    National Treasure's storyline isn't compelling or coherent enough to warrant the term "plot."
  7. Isn't any fun at all, which is ultimately the most damning thing you can say about a Bruckheimer movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 114
  2. Negative: 18 out of 114
  1. Gorg
    Jul 18, 2009
    10
    Fantastic movie. Screw the critics.
  2. CRL
    Jul 30, 2011
    10
    This is definitely one the critics just couldn't understand. National Treasure was a fantastic movie, especially for a history geek like me.This is definitely one the critics just couldn't understand. National Treasure was a fantastic movie, especially for a history geek like me. Nicolas Cage isn't quite as crazy, Diane Kruger is surprisingly good, and Justin Bartha makes one of the greatest comic reliefs in Riley I've ever seen. Expand
  3. JohnH.
    Aug 1, 2009
    9
    An excellent film. Great acting, action, etc. This movie is very believable and appealing to both adults and kids. I loved it. I will never An excellent film. Great acting, action, etc. This movie is very believable and appealing to both adults and kids. I loved it. I will never be able to figure out why so many people hate the film, because I thought it was out standing, unlike the sequel. See this movie! Expand
  4. SageE.
    Jul 1, 2007
    7
    Despite all its references to things and people of great cultural importance to the USA, National Treasure is a popcorn movie. The plot is Despite all its references to things and people of great cultural importance to the USA, National Treasure is a popcorn movie. The plot is absurd, as is nearly every plot twist - but it's all done in good fun, and the turns are executed quickly so that you don't dwell on how outlandish the story is. In terms of a plot living off a massive conspiracy theory, it's more entertainingly executed than things like Da Vinci Code or Conspiracy Theory. Just like those movies, if you go to it for an education, you're asking for disappointment. This movie is good for fast-talking drama, mystery by way of adventure, and attractive people following absurd plans in the name of truth. It's just fun; don't look for anything more than that in it, or you'll lose it. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    Disney has itself written all over this one. Regardless, National Treasure is one of the few historic adventures that may be able to entertainDisney has itself written all over this one. Regardless, National Treasure is one of the few historic adventures that may be able to entertain our easily bored audiences of today. Nicolas Cage is more than adequate and, frankly, the story is downright interesting. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2014
    6
    I remember watching it the day before winter break in History class. At the time, I found it a good movie. Reviewing the movie outside ofI remember watching it the day before winter break in History class. At the time, I found it a good movie. Reviewing the movie outside of history class? Not so great. The plot can barely be called a plot, but the actors/actresses try their best. Overall, the movie is a "meh", although it makes a nice boredom breaker.
    And hey, it has Nic Cage!
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  7. Katm
    Nov 19, 2005
    0
    I could write a long review, but I'll save us all a lot of trouble. This movie sucks.

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