“...a Worthy Sequel”
“Not As Good As The First, And Really Cheesy.”
“I Liked The First But This One...”
“Again Very Good”
“A Decent Enough Sequel To The Original.”
“Please Don't Include Self Promotional URL's, Phone Numbers, Addresses, Or Bad Language.”
“This Will Be Really Good I Am Going To See It First Day It Comes Out.”
“FORGET THE TREASURE”
“"Disney Never Lets You Down"”
“This Movie Is Fun And Full Of Action.”
“If You Want To See A Holiday Movie Than Go See This Movie And Dont Waste Your Money On "i Am Legend"”
“Could See It Twice In The Theater”
“THIS MOVIE IS GREAT!”
“Not As Exciting As The First! Still Some Surprises Though.”
“More Of The Same?or Less Of The Same?It's Another Jerry Bruckheimer Movie Featuring Big A-List Stars,stunning Effects & Funny Plots.”
“Effective Only To Those Who Are Easily Amused!”
“A Bit Sappy, A Re-run Of The First Movie, And A Touch Manipulated -- Yet I Loved It! If You Liked The First Movie, Go See This One, Too, Cuz The Characters, Action And General Pretense Are Grandly Alike.”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
The hyperactive sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets sends its archaeologist hero on a globetrotting quest that might have been devised after a long night of Wikipedia surfing.
Matt Zoller Seitz - New York Times
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
This sequel is what you would expect: If you liked the original, you'll probably enjoy this retread. But be warned: It bogs down in a drawn-out scene near the end.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
As long as it's galloping along, the movie's perfectly good popcorn -- in itself a rarity these days -- but eventually you get down to the burnt kernels at the bottom of the bag.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
If you can put all sense of realism on hold, you'll be rewarded with a moderately pleasing diversion.
Luke Y. Thompson - Village Voice
All you can do is sit and watch, and wish there was more wonder.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
This is a Mouth Agape Movie, during which your mouth hangs open in astonishment at one preposterous event after another.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
All you want from a movie like this, really, is a little brainless fun, and it keeps holding out on you.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Leave it to coproducer Jerry Bruckheimer to revive the Indiana Jones cycle without the period setting, the camp elements, or Spielberg's efficiency; director Jon Turteltaub just plods along.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A thumping, gabby slog.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film is baffling -- the scheme that links the conspirators throughout three centuries would flummox the Illuminati -- but as a sort of vacation scrapbook of the lovely places where the cast spent last summer, it's pleasant enough.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Let's not kid anyone here. This franchise is all about dumb fun.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This diminishing-returns sequel sends Nicolas Cage on another quest to strike it rich, get young auds excited about history and solve puzzles that are generally less stimulating than yesterday's Sudoku.
Justin Chang - Variety
It's another flick about maps, landmarks and buried treasure that makes The Da Vinci Code look like Tolstoy.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's wonderful how much real history they sandwich into this ham and cheese on wry.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
As much as you want to applaud the movie's winking commitment to its own Looney Tunes logic, it's frustrating when lazy and illogical plot devices are used like cattle prods.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Tepid and predictable though the action largely is, Bartha provides intermittent comic relief and Mirren is her usual droll self.
Jason McBride - Globe and Mail
Is it possible to enjoy Book of Secrets? Obviously, although its lunacy requires a level of suspension of disbelief that some will be incapable of attaining.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It's virtually the same movie with new locations. Oh, plus Helen Mirren. Not a bad addition, but the popcorn fun is gone.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
As with the first movie, Book of Secrets leaps around like a choppy travel documentary.
David Germain - Associated Press
Everything has been significantly amped up -- bigger, louder, further removed from reality -- but it also feels that much more forced. Cage and Kruger seem like they're not having much fun this time around, and Bartha still gets the best throwaway lines.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
- Digital Spy
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
National Treasure: the Book of Secrets is an absurd adventure, but its absurdity is wacky and warmhearted. You have to suspend your disbelief, but so what? National Treasure: the Book of Secrets delivers on what it sets out to be: lively and
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
- Empire Magazine
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The derivative National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a smooth, lightweight action film for undemanding audiences.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
A slight improvement over its agreeable forebearer...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's like doing a puzzle a second time. It's familiar, it's redundant and it's rarely exciting.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
If you can set aside the movie's countless flaws and just go to watch a stupid mindless movie, then you are good to go with this film.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Unfortunately, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" falls under the category of been there, done that.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Absurd second installment in the Indiana Jones-for-idiots franchise...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Over-stimulating brain bubblegum guaranteed to take kids under ten straight to adrenaline heaven!
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Too bad such a stellar combo cast had to get dumbed down for such inconsequential pandemonium.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
- Boxoffice Magazine
Even sillier and less entertaining than the first film in this series.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
If you desperately need to escape the house this holiday season, avoid this treasure and see something else.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review