'National Treasure' Critic Reviews

92%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
44%
Rotten Tomatoes:   180 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Cage? Movie star as social studies teacher.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    With its ludicrous frisson of patriotism and a nod to The Da Vinci Code, a more cynical grab for Hollywood gold is hard to imagine.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The best thing about National Treasure is how clever it is.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    One of the more implausible movies in recent memory.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    A bruising US history class, taught in Dolby Surround.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ed Park Village Voice (Top Critic)
    National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jami Bernard New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    38
    Nicolas Cage usually brims with personality, but you wouldn't know it from this pedestrian ripoff of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    A joyfully convoluted adventure yarn that moves lickety-split through cliches, plot holes and overall narrative mayhem until the whole unlikely rig screeches to a halt.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    This one's no treasure. But it features a few interesting baubles.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Laudable, at times inventive.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    National Treasure is so silly that the Monty Python version could use the same screenplay, line for line.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Treasure may fall a notch below Pirates of the Caribbean on the pleasureometer, but it does give American history sex appeal and celebrates a guy who relies on brainware rather than gadgets.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The lighthearted, rocket-paced adventure doesn't have a shred of plausibility -- and it doesn't pretend to. But it has oodles of fun.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    A formula-action exercise that's part Indiana Jones, part Da Vinci Code, part history trivia lesson and all bluster, Treasure proves quickly that it's fool's gold at best.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Almost every scene in this generic action movie is ripped off from somewhere else.
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  • Scott Foundas Variety (Top Critic)
    This long, and long-winded, series of middling cliffhangers won't pump the adrenaline of action aficionados.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Interminable and riddled with plot holes you could drive a humvee through.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    Cage invests none of the edge, passion or heart we've come to expect from him in the part. Bean has no decent villainous moments, and the rest of the cast (save for Voight) is forgettable and generic.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    40
    Cage plays Gates way too broadly and crudely; I half expected him to break into his patented Elvis impersonation.
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  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    National Treasure is not so much a no-brainer as a brain-stunner, so audaciously ridiculous you are initially intrigued, then soon irritated by its incoherence.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    As documents go, this one tastes like cardboard.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    This infantile excuse for an adventure yarn plays more like a triple-cross between The DaVinci Code, CSI, and The Amazing Race than Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An above-average popcorn movie.
    Full Review » 10 years ago