Night at the Museum Reviews

  • What a dull, nice movie, wrenched from a wild premise and battered into docility.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Night at the Museum adheres to the current Hollywood philosophy that coherence doesnt matter if enough stuff is thrown onto the screen.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Dark night of the soul is more like it.

    Rob Mackie — Guardian [UK]

  • If only family comedies would evolve and not assume that a good concept, convincing special effects and a strong cast automatically add up to fun.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's a fun ride, and the big payoff -- that history turns out to be way cooler than its reputation suggests -- is even more gratifying.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Night at the Museum, in fact, is stuffed with smart performers doing graciously silly work, and all [director Shawn] Levy has to do is manage traffic.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The first half-hour's too slow; the last half-hour's too manic, as if to compensate. But at least it entertains.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Really young kids may like the noise and chaos of the movie, but the real museum on Central Park West has its own 'A Night at the Museum' program that sounds a lot better.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • The special effects are a blast. The T-Rex skeleton looks authentic as it clatters down the hallway after a terrified Larry. But even better is the remarkable, star-studded ensemble.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Though far less ambitious than Jurassic Park, Night at the Museum is also far less terrifying than Jumanji. It is happy where it is, and the audience I saw it with seemed to appreciate that.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • A film that veers, often without much direction, between a family-friendly comic romp and an attempt to touch our souls with heartfelt emotion.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The writers are content to let the magical beings simply run around and crash into things. I got a Jumanji headache about 30 minutes in.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As mindless spectacle, this is reasonably entertaining.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • All attempts at non-effects storytelling fall completely flat.

    Gary Thompson — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Night at the Museum is a high-concept comedy that skimps on things such as plot and character development but holds nothing back when it comes to high-energy silliness. In other words, it's vintage Ben Stiller in his wacky mode.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Night at the Museum is not just a wild runaround of computer-generated creatures. Well, OK, that's mostly what it is. Still, there is something of a plot.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's never too late to enjoy a little holiday fantasy, such as spending a Night at the Museum.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Rarely has so much production value yielded so little in terms of audience engagement.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The special effects are far more inspired than the comedy in Night at the Museum, which strands several generations of performers in a highly derivative script and hackneyed direction.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Kids, supposedly too bored to go to such museums anymore (one of the film's messages, along with 'learn your history') should find this a Night to remember.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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