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National Treasure

  • Rated PG

action & adventure

From Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and Jon Turteltaub, director of PHENOMENON, comes NATIONAL TREASURE.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Historical adventure is a fun romp for tweens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this action movie has a handful of explosions and some gunshots being fired at characters and into crowds. Characters are in frequent peril and some are taken hostage. The historical aspect is especially interesting for conspiracy theorists and treasure hunters, if a little fuzzy when it comes to nailing down actual facts. A minor character is killed (offscreen). When Ben says he is in trouble, his father asks if the woman he has with him is pregnant. There is a lot of reckless and irresponsible behavior, even within the traditions of this genre.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about their own family legends and heirlooms. What are some of the stories associated with them? What do you do to make sure they're safe?
  • Talk about how movies and TV can alter the facts of history. What sources do you use to learn the true facts of history?
  • What kinds of messages about taking risks and breaking the law does this movie contain? What's the difference between thrilling entertainment and encouraging bad behavior?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

"Why can't they just say, 'go to this place, and here is the treasure; spend it wisely'?" Let's start with the most important thing: that Riley character was extremely annoying. He's officially in my annoying character hall of fame. I don't know if be was supposed to be funny, or what, but the parts of the movie where he kept his mouth closed were my very favorites. Just had to put that out there. As for the actual review, it's hardly a secret that I'm not much of a Nicholas Cage fan. His method of acting seems to be just playing the same character in nearly every movie of his that I've seen, from Gone in 60 Seconds to Ghost Rider. Needless to say, I didn't see National Treasure because of him. I did want to see more of Diane Kruger's movies, however, and the trailer made it seem like a more fun version of The Da Vinci Code, so I thought I'd give it a try. And that's basically what it turned out to be. It didn't change my opinion of Mr. Cage's acting skills, but I liked it. National Treasure is a combination of a heist film, an adventure film, and a historical mystery, wrapped in a friendly, summer blockbuster wrapper. It moves along quite quickly, and stays fairly interesting (as well as slightly predictable) from beginning to end. Lots of conspiracy threads about the nation's founders and the Freemasons are drawn together in a way that would make Dan Brown proud, but it never suffers from the forced grasps at importance that the two Robert Langdon movies have unfortunately buckled under. If you're looking for a family-friendly adventure movie that gives history a fantastical spin, you could do a lot worse than National Treasure.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, July 8, 2010

4 stars

This very exciting treasure hunt offers everything you'd expect from the genre. Good action scenes, adrenaline, humor, riddles, interesting locations and lovable characters. Especially Justin Bartha as comic relief shines and steals many scenes he is in. It's just all around perfect entertainment without regrets and doesn't give you time to breathe or think about the logic of some of the conclusions. Taking place at some locations I've visited in the US, the film holds a very special place in my heart for personal reasons too, admittedly.

- ironclad1609, Monday, May 3, 2010