Parents' Guide to

National Treasure

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Historical adventure is a fun romp for tweens and up.

Movie PG 2004 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 18+

Great story WRONG telling of it

LOVE the story and the adventure BUT it’s a movie that treats Dr. Chase as pretty little thing. Sure Cage was the headliner of the movie but its not okay (now or then) in how he deals with her … spoiler alert he gets the girl in the end. Again super fun story and an enjoyable movie just not well written/directed, Also not a good depiction of the few black and brown cast members who have limited roles.
age 9+

This adventure is good

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (38 ):

Well, it's not Raiders of the Lost Ark, but there are enough thrills and mysteries in this rather clean Disney flick to have made it a hit. The jokes are a little lame, even though Nicholas Cage does his best to bring some spark into his parrying with Diane Kruger's sexy-intellectual portrayal of Dr. Chase. Some weaknesses in the script are plain silly: the hologram emblazoned on the back of the Declaration of Independence, for example, is just laughable.

But history buffs will be happy to fact-check which of the Founding Fathers were indeed Freemasons, and kids can marvel at the buried ship, the code-breaking, and the subterranean caverns and structures, which may or may not contain treasure. Parents of young kids should watch out for the big explosions and the perilous kidnapping scenes which could disrupt the sensitive viewer. No, it's not a NATIONAL TREASURE, but it has good production value and star power -- which counts for something.

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