National Treasure

2004, Adventure/Action, 2h 10m

179 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot. Read critic reviews

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Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States. Joining an expedition led by fellow treasure hunter Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an ice-locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. But when Howe betrays him, Gates has to race to get to the document ahead of his so-called colleague.

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  • Jun 19, 2020
    Maybe the real National Treasure was this movie we watched along the way. Okay so I didn't love National Treasure, but it 100% is what it's supposed to be. I never watched it as a kid, this was literally the first time I've ever seen more than about 5 minutes of it, so I don't have the nostalgia thing that a lot of people do, but I do think I'll watch it again. And, even though I didn't much like the sequel, I think I'd still definitely try out a 3rd National Treasure if it ever got made.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2016
    Ugh. Nicolas Cage stars(?) in this forgettable adventure flick as some guy with a dumb historical name and a thirst for treasure. That should be enough to tell you what this movie is. Overly long, illogical, and a bit too boring, National Treasure is a harmless family film remembered simply because Nicolas Cage is Illuminati. Don't waste your time unless you and the family need something to do.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2013
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  • Nov 12, 2012
    The easiest way to describe this movie is as an attempt to make a modern version of Indiana Jones with ridiculous plot and bad cast. However, this one has one of the best twists ever: Sean Bean survives!!!
    Mate M Super Reviewer

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