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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, 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
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. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    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. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    It’s funnier this time, but still veers noticeably from kid-friendly slapstick to adult-friendly banter.
  4. 50
    Shallow and harmlessly diverting picture.
  5. 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.
  6. Bloated with visual effects, this sequel to the 2006 hit starts off slowly, reintroducing the original characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 38
  2. Negative: 10 out of 38
  1. May 7, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not as good as the original because of the fact Robin Williams barely appeared in the movie. Despite that, everything else was great, especially Hank Azaria. Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2011
    7
    Not bad but quite good as well. Ben Stiller acted pretty well for the movie in my opinion.
  3. Jan 12, 2013
    6
    This movie seems almost like his previous part.
  4. Oct 5, 2010
    5
    While not a terrible film, Night at the Museum 2 isn't as good as the original, as some much of it is wasted. Major plot points collapse with no real meaning, acting talent is wasted, and there are very few good jokes. Not the worst film ever, but it's hardly a nominee for best film ever either. South of average. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    4
    Amy Adams puts on a rather good performance as Amelia Earhart, but that's about as far as this movie goes. The scenes and premise are pretty stupid in the sequel. 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. 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. Sep 1, 2012
    0
    Even for Ben Stiller this is a total embarrassment. Why the hell would you want to be part of this idiotic film. Also shame on Amy Adams for completely lowering her standards for films. The movie made me sick to my stomach. Expand

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