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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun, fast-paced sequel is more upbeat than the original.

Movie PG 2009 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 46 parent reviews

age 7+

Magical Movie

This was a wonderful movie!!! What's greater than history coming to life??!! So many different adventures in one movie. Great for kids but I'm an adult and in love with this movie! I wished they still made movies like this.

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age 8+


I am a fan of the first movie, and when I heard about a sequel, I was a little worried about the story of the second movie. But when I saw it, I thought it was as good as the first one! In fact, I think that this movie has better special effects than the first! Parents, if your kids are a fan of the first movie, they will probably find this movie as good as the first, maybe even better!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (46 ):
Kids say (77 ):

Fans of the first Night at the Museum should enjoy this fun, fast-paced sequel -- which has just as many impressive effects as the first and a slightly more upbeat (if not more original) story. Larry is no longer a sad-sack divorced dad but a successful businessman who just needs a little course correction to get back to doing what he really loves. And even though the basic premise -- museum exhibits come to life at night with the help of a magic Egyptian tablet -- is the same as in the first movie, moving the action to the Smithsonian means that everything takes place on an even grander scale. Here, it's not just dioramas and dinosaur skeletons that perk up when the sun goes down -- sculptures roam the hallways, paintings move (shades of Harry Potter), and airplanes soar.

Like the plot, Stiller's performance is pretty much identical to the first movie -- he's wry, dry, and expert at tossing off quips. Adams is a welcome addition as the perky, slang-talking Earhart (even though her romantic interest in Larry seems a bit forced); Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader is manically charming as a blustery General Custer; and Azaria turns Kahmunrah into a somewhat more peevish version of The Blue Raja, the dandified underdog he played in Mystery Men. Other fun cameos abound, but, frankly, kids probably won't notice or care -- they'll be too busy watching the living exhibits fight and frolic. Battle of the Smithsonian may not be destined for a museum itself, but it's plenty of fun for adventure-loving tweens.

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