Box art for Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

children & family, comedy

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a new security guard at The Museum of Natural History, soon discovers that when the lights go out, the gallery becomes an epic battleground fueled with non-stop action and adventure!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Cute adventure; OK for tweens, but a little scary for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will definitely want to see this much-hyped, effects-heavy adventure. The effects are good (the dinosaur skeleton is especially fun), but the plot is uneven and the action hectic, with some point-of-view camerawork that could potentially startle younger viewers. The movie features spastic, cartoonish violence by the museum exhibits that come to life. This includes shooting (Civil War soldiers), explosions (miniature cowboys and miners), poison dart-shooting (miniature Mayans), chasing and hunting (dinosaur skeleton, lions), fighting, and car-crashing. Weapons include arrows, swords, guns, catapults, spears, axes. There's a repeated joke about Attila the Hun's preference for ripping off victims' limbs. Larry has an antagonistic relationship with a monkey and repeatedly disappoints his son (who acts sad) -- until the end, when he's impressed by his father's quick decision-making.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the message behind all of the fancy effects. Why is it the important to pursue your dreams -- and to learn, read books, and discuss ideas as you do so?
  • How is Larry inspired by his new friends to go after his dreams?
  • Does Larry's relationship with his son seem realistic to you? Who seems more grown-up of the two? Does that change over the course of the movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Not everything on display is sufficiently alive in this museum-set comedy adventure.

- Anton Bitel, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: . 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, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I normally dont like Ben stiller but this was a nice movie and very enjoyable.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, May 1, 2007

2 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

4 stars

This was enjoyable. Recommend this to watch.

- 3niR, Friday, January 29, 2010