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National Treasure Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Disney's National Treasure is supposed to be family-friendly, a PG-rated action adventure free of hard violence and bad language. That's admirable, to be sure, but with a friend like this a family doesn't need sleeping pills.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The character of a scruffy computer nerd, played with might-as-well-enjoy-myself charm by little-known actor Justin Bartha, steals the picture from glossier players.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    If you're going to tell a wildly implausible tale of fortune hunting and unlikely heroes, you could do worse than National Treasure.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Overall the film is alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Some reference to U.S. presidents which may be not be entirely accurate. References to Freemasons and historical monuments built by masons. The Declaration of Independence is given a prominent role.

  • message true0

    Messages: Though the "good guys" are trying to prevent the Declaration of Independence from being stolen, they break laws and engage in reckless behavior in order to protect it.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Ben Gates shows that he is an intelligent, curious fellow who is as passionate about history as he is about his family legacy. But he does lie to people to achieve his goals.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Brief sword fighting, two images of faces of frozen corpses, explosions, moderately frequent gun play. Perilous car chases. A character falls to his death from a great height. No blood.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Men ogle Dr. Chase's physique. Main characters kiss. Characters change clothes behind changing room doors.

  • language false0

    Language: "God" as an exclamation, and a German form of "damn."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Cadillac emblem on car is featured and a character calls the car a "sweet ride." A stop at Urban Outfitters features actors going on a shopping spree and having a conversation as they try on clothes. Spoils of treasure include a Ferrari.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Ben is shown throwing back a glass of champagne at a party, as if to drink to give himself courage before a heist. Characters drink socially at a party.