Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31

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  1. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    It’s funnier this time, but still veers noticeably from kid-friendly slapstick to adult-friendly banter.
  2. Some of that frenetic running around has been replaced by inspired effects sequences and amusing riffs by the talented cast, especially new arrivals Hank Azaria and Amy Adams.
  3. 60
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is what my mother would have called a kakabarly--a large, foaming broth into which she emptied the forlorn and highly miscellaneous contents of her icebox.
  4. Your 12-and-unders will dig it, and it might even serve as a sort of movie-Bookmobile and get them to read a little history, or at least a little Wikipedia. But otherwise it's utterly dispensable.
  5. 50
    Where the original had a vaguely tenable narrative hook (deadbeat dad finds redemption through nocturnal heroics), the new pic seems purely a vehicle for lavish visuals and cheap gags.
  6. The problem with NATM:BOTS is that Stiller, Adams, and company seem to be pretending that they're having fun, too.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Resembles an enthusiastic but undisciplined child running amok through an exhibit.
  8. Unfortunately, once these creatures do come to life for a second outing, the promise soon evaporates and the clever comedy, built largely on crisscrossing anachronisms and various sly cultural references, is not enough to sustain a romp that is all rather predictable.
  9. 50
    Shallow and harmlessly diverting picture.
  10. Some of the results are delightfully loopy. Some are cornball.
  11. Without Azaria's comedic gifts, the movie would be close to unendurable.
  12. 50
    It's harmless. And pointless. And dumb. This is a perfect example of a motion picture that exists exclusively because its predecessor made a lot of money.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Bloated with visual effects, this sequel to the 2006 hit starts off slowly, reintroducing the original characters.
  16. 40
    The museum sparkles, but the movie is awfully dull.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 46
  2. Negative: 10 out of 46
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    Lighten up people, It's meant to be a fun movie. That's just what people don't understand. Some movies are fun and not meant to be taken seriously.
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    Yes, any movie critic who can think deeply than others would understand "Night at the Museum 2" was a (obviously) unecessary sequel.
  3. Jan 11, 2015
    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! Full Review »