Night at the Museum
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The new night watchman at New York's Museum of Natural History finds that the job comes with more responsibility than he ever dreamed in this wild fantasy comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Van Dyke. Larry Daley (Stiller) is a kind-hearted dreamer who always knew that he was destined for greatness, he just never quite knew how. None of his ideas or inventions has panned out, so with a heavy heart, he takes a regular job as a lowly graveyard-shift security guard at the Museum of Natural History in order to provide a more stable… 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
"It's just so dopey."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...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
"Rarely has so much production value yielded so little in terms of audience engagement."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
". 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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