Night at the Museum
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Larry Daley, a down-and-out dreamer whose imaginative ideas have never paid off, finds himself in desperate need of a job. Larry has always believed he was destined for big things. But, he has no idea just how literally gargantuan and hairy a challenge he will face when he grudgingly accepts the supposedly menial graveyard shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. On his very first night on the job, Larry is handed an over-sized flashlight and a dog-eared instruction manual, then left all alone in the eerily quiet, cavernous museum. At least, he thinks he's alone. But wait,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What a dull, nice movie, wrenched from a wild premise and battered into docility."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"... an aimless and riotous mess."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This is a good example of Hollywood commercial calculation that actually pays off with a few entertainment dividends. It all seems very cold and calculated, and yet the film still turns out to be decently entertaining."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Not everything on display is sufficiently alive in this museum-set comedy adventure."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"The idea is ingenious. The execution? Not so much."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"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
"Stiller's continued efforts to court the broadest possible audience has taken the edge off his comedy."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"...lightweight and inoffensive..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"it's one of those high concept childhood fantasy films that will stay in your heart long after watching it"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's a better than average CGI-fest, more often silly than funny. But it makes some good points about courage, self-respect, and the importance of learning about history."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"As mindless spectacle, this is reasonably entertaining."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's just so dopey."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
". Its narrative is just pitched toward adolescent fantasy and silly, frequently obvious shenanigans to a hearty degree, and with no sort of consistent inner logic the movie tilts toward fleeting entertainment, with no inherent replay value or strongly fel"
‑ Brent Simon, IGN Movies
"What promises to be a fun Spielbergian romp for the whole family is a bit on the bland and mediocre side."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Good idea. Bad execution."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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