Box art for National Treasure 2

National Treasure 2

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure


In this follow up to the box-office hit NATIONAL TREASURE, treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed, global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    35%
  • Audience Score
    68%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Action-packed treasure hunt is age-appropriate but so-so.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the action in this fast-paced adventure sequel is loud and sometimes tense (car chases, near falls from high ledges in a dark cave, etc.), but for the most part it's pretty tame. The most troubling scene comes early, when, in a flashback to 1865, a child sees his father shot and killed; the sequence also includes a reenactment of Abraham Lincoln's assassination (not bloody, but obvious). In the present day, there's some shooting, car crashes, hand-to-hand fighting, and threats made with guns. Expect some cleavage shots, plus innocuous flirting and kissing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the differences between real history and "Hollywood history." Why do you think filmmakers bend the facts so often? Is real history less entertaining than the kind that's manufactured for the movies? Do you think this movie is trying to prompt kids to take an interest in history? Kids: What do you know about the historical sites featured in the film (the White House, Buckingham Palace, and Mount Rushmore)? How could you find out more?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten:

- Paul Greenwood, Future Movies UK, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh:

- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A fun ride with lots of the same fun from the first movie. While lots of what happens in these movies stretches the imagination the cast does a very good job of pulling it all together.

- jmanard52, Saturday, June 21, 2008

3 stars

A fun ride with lots of the same fun from the first movie. While lots of what happens in these movies stretches the imagination the cast does a very good job of pulling it all together.

- jmanard52, Saturday, June 21, 2008

3 stars

I'll be honest I can't remember the first very much but I did quite like this. The cast is very good for just a silly film, Jon Voight, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel and Cage...impressive. The film is really a kind of filler for the absence of 'Indy 4' or any Indy films really, and lets be honest its nowhere near as good but it is fun. The story is silly as hell again, all revolving around the history of the US and its founding fathers. The cast do make it seem greater than it is for sure, the film is also allot funnier than the first I think, its quite humorous throughout and this actually adds and doesn't detract from the film. All the action set pieces are not really any different from any other movie and the final sequence inside some caves near Mount Rushmore seems to be ripped straight out of 'The Goonies', but the whole boys mystery and adventure setup is always good fun and light hearted, harking back to older cinema romps in black and white. These type of films do have a nice pleasant charm to them, no excessive violence or swearing just good old fashioned treasure hunting, just one thing, what on earth is happening to Nic Cages hair?

- phubbs1, Thursday, February 9, 2012