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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.
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  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
    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family films we are used to at this time of year, but the problem is that the film is marred with many gags that are outdated and therefore feel cheap.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
    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
    This energetically charmless 'family' fantasy lies there dead on screen, occasionally twitching at a funny line.
  7. Reviewed by: Shawn Badgley
    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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  1. Positive: 80 out of 99
  2. Negative: 12 out of 99
  1. HessaM
    Aug 5, 2007
    Its really amazing film i like bin stiller and his funny films.
  2. LynnG.
    Dec 24, 2006
    It was really fun. As a huge fan of the real American Museum of Natural History in NYC, my 7-year-old son LOVED this movie. (btw, the inside of the museum in the movie isn't like the real museum, though the outdoor shots look authentic.) My husband just it was "just OK" but I enjoyed it immensely. The thing is, you know a film was a good time when the day after you see it you keep quoting lines. The one we keep saying is "Good Lord, Larry, you're slapping a monkey!" It's slapstick and silly, but a great movie for families that's set in a cool place. Take your kids, they'll love it! Expand
  3. MelissaN.
    Dec 29, 2006
    My kids 9 & 11 thought this was the best movie they had ever seen and we enjoyed it also.
  4. ShellS
    Jan 2, 2007
    Entertaining enough, they could have done more with the idea though.
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    Night at the Museum is actually quite original in terms of plot, but it the execution that brings this flick slightly down. It definitely could've been better. Expand
  6. Brendan
    Apr 17, 2007
    This is a good family film that is will please the entire family. There is some silly homor that children will find amusing. The special effects will keep the average teen quiet. Finally the once-in-a-while smart joke and fairly funny performances put on by old pros like Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke will keep adults happy. So all in all it's not the best film out there and some parts can bore but it's a great experoence in IMAX or just a pleasent rainy day at the movies. Expand
  7. Fantasy
    Jan 19, 2007
    Great movie if you checked your brains at the door, are under the age of ten, or recently had a lobotomy; otherwise it is moronic.

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