An adventurer (Nicolas Cage) must steal the Declaration of Independence and use its hidden map to find a legendary fortune.
" This movie is a fortune wasted. "
" Nicolas Cage usually brims with personality, but you wouldn't know it from this pedestrian ripoff of Raiders of the Lost Ark. "
" Cage plays Gates way too broadly and crudely; I half expected him to break into his patented Elvis impersonation. "
" Taken simply as a popcorn flick, National Treasure has its pleasures. "
" Cage? Movie star as social studies teacher. "
" As documents go, this one tastes like cardboard. "
" 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. "
" Plays a lot better than it sounds. Trust me. "
" A mild holiday caper, for the wettest of afternoons. "
" 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. "
" The best thing about National Treasure is how clever it is. "
" So bad on so many levels. "
" It has no ambition, little sense and false sentiment, but it does have velocity, high spirits and scale. "
" Sluggish for a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but maybe the kids will learn something. "
" Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines. "
" National Treasure gets more entertaining as the preposterousness rises. "
" An almost tongue-in-cheek fantasy wrapped around well-researched historical details. "
" Interminable and riddled with plot holes you could drive a humvee through. "
" People run. Things blow up. Sometimes, just to add another layer of nuance, people run away as things blow up. "
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