Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Image
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  • Summary: Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home, the lights are out, the school kids are tucked in their beds...yet something incredible is stirring as former night guard Larry Daley finds himself lured into his biggest, mostNight has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home, the lights are out, the school kids are tucked in their beds...yet something incredible is stirring as former night guard Larry Daley finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet in which history truly comes alive. In this second installment of the Night at the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world’s largest museum. Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own. (20th Century Fox) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. Battle of the Smithsonian has plenty of life. But it's Adams who gives it zing.
  2. 70
    Though it's a little slow to start and some of the humor clunks, the film features a wholesome charm, some truly dazzling effects (the Lincoln Memorial alone is worth it), and enough mild, parent-nip in-jokes to keep all but the stone-hearted happy.
  3. Some of the results are delightfully loopy. Some are cornball.
  4. Being touted as the first film ever shot in the Smithsonian complex. With any luck, it will also be the last. This is not the best use of our landmarks.
  5. 40
    The museum sparkles, but the movie is awfully dull.
  6. 20
    Even by Hollywood sequel standards, this is lazily conceived, cynically recycled stuff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 46
  2. Negative: 10 out of 46
  1. Jan 11, 2015
    10
    A much better movie than its predecessor that brings all the great stuff from the first and adds even more! With an even better story than theA much better movie than its predecessor that brings all the great stuff from the first and adds even more! With an even better story than the last one, it's going to be hard to go back to the original after viewing this! Expand
  2. KatieA
    Jun 2, 2009
    9
    Thoroughly enjoyable for an 18 year old, a 21 year old, and her parents.
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    7
    I guess this movie works the best when you've recently seen the first "Night at the Museum" film. The old characters were very poorlyI guess this movie works the best when you've recently seen the first "Night at the Museum" film. The old characters were very poorly re-introduced, if at all, and the whole idea of the museum coming to life at night was left without further explanation.

    There were some witty moments and clever turns in the plot, not to mention funny characters - some of the new ones were absolutely outrageous - but all in all this movie didn't quite manage to reach to the level of the first part, I think.

    Also it must be said that Amelia Earhart was incredibly annoying in my opinion, and the romantic aspect of the story was totally unnecessary and weak, not to mention feeling forced.

    This may not be the greatest movie or the greatest sequel in all history, but it is a decent flick with many fun characters, lots of humor, and an enjoyable few hours to spend.
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  4. Jonny99
    Jun 15, 2009
    5
    NatM: BotS is sort of a hodge-podge of CGI, historical references and comic vignettes stewed together and set to a screaming soundtrack and NatM: BotS is sort of a hodge-podge of CGI, historical references and comic vignettes stewed together and set to a screaming soundtrack and overwhelming Foley editing. Basically the result is exactly what you expect if you had a massive budget budget and no overriding storytelling goal. There are a few good bits and everything that's been said about Amy Adams is true. Wait for it on cable. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2015
    5
    Watched it recently on BD and for the first time. Just like the predecessor the movie continues with its lame jokes that simply aren't thatWatched it recently on BD and for the first time. Just like the predecessor the movie continues with its lame jokes that simply aren't that funny. If you watch it with family members or friends you might get a laugh or two but thats about it. Expand
  6. Apr 23, 2013
    4
    I actually enjoyed the first "Night at the Museum" movie. But after watching this one, I now know for sure that there won't be a third one.I actually enjoyed the first "Night at the Museum" movie. But after watching this one, I now know for sure that there won't be a third one. The storyline may be o.k., but when you got bad characters such as Amelia Airhart (Amy Adams) and Kamunrah (Hank Azaria), it really bums you interests on the movie. It did have it's funny moments, like the Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller scene, but most of the time, the humor was just stale and weak. I can't that this movie was just terrible, but it really wasn't good either. Overall, it's just a boring sequel. Expand
  7. TannerJ
    Jun 5, 2009
    0
    This movie is so awful! Boring, same story as the first one, way to long and not funny at all. If you can tell a movie is going to be bad 15 This movie is so awful! Boring, same story as the first one, way to long and not funny at all. If you can tell a movie is going to be bad 15 minutes in that is not a good sign. I wish I would have slept, like everyone else in my group did. Expand

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