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  • Summary: In this wild comedy fantasy, a bumbling night watchman (Stiller) at New York's Museum of Natural History inadvertently triggers a dormant curse that fully animates the dioramas, causing Mayans, Romans, Gladiators and cowboys to emerge, not to mention an angry T-Rex.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. 75
    Wonderfully energetic.
  2. A fantastic holiday toy that, amazingly enough, doesn't require batteries.
  3. Night at the Museum ends up being a pretty fun all-ages comedy -- if you can survive its first 20 minutes.
  4. Reviewed by: Zach Haddad
    50
    The premise of Night at the Museum is definitely a bit more creative than the standard family films we are used to at this time of year, but the problem is that the film is marred with many gags that are outdated and therefore feel cheap.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    This loud, overlong and thoroughly exhausting fantasy, based on Milan Trenc's slim children's book, purports to introduce youngsters to the wonders of New York City's American Museum of Natural History, but in fact aims squarely at hyperactive kids who can't sit still or stand a moment's silence.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    This energetically charmless 'family' fantasy lies there dead on screen, occasionally twitching at a funny line.
  7. Reviewed by: Shawn Badgley
    20
    Watching Williams as Teddy Roosevelt ogle through binoculars Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) while she stalks around a glassed-in display like some hippie chick in a buffalo-skin straitjacket after a bad trip at Woodstock ’94 makes me sad and uncomfortable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 98
  2. Negative: 12 out of 98
  1. Jun 17, 2012
    10
    This was a great movie, It was so fun to watch this one. The characters were full with variation and all of them made me laugh. Cavemen, T-rex, americans, romans, Attila and lots of weird characters made this movie a very original thing. Expand
  2. May 7, 2011
    10
    Surprisingly entertaining movie, one of Ben Stiller's best. It was also great to see Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt. Good movie for the entire family. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    9
    outrageously funny!
  4. Oct 5, 2010
    7
    Thinking it over, Night at the Museum isn't really that good. But it does offer a solid enough family film, thats different enough to justify watching it. Its plot is half hearted and generic, but thats not the point. It's a family firendly and fun film, with some great ideas, just let down by other half hearted ideas. Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2013
    7
    A fun family comedy that works in most ways. Ben Stiller is funny in the way he reacts to all the exhibits coming to life and it is always good to see Dick Van Dyke. Expand
  6. Nov 15, 2013
    6
    "Night at the Museum" has some memorable funny scenes, but has some memorable annoying scenes too. Like that monkey slapping scene, it's so irritating. The movie itself was pretty surprising, because I didn't think that the story would be like this. Expand
  7. Nov 13, 2013
    5
    Night at the Museum is just a fun loving film.
    There is nothing spectacular nor bad about this family comedy. Fairly predictable without much
    depth, but a few good laughs and a well paced cinema. Expand

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