Doane Gregory
Adam Markovitz
April 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Night at the Museum

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
110 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/22/06
performer
Ben Stiller, Ernest Borgnine, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, Mickey Rooney, Robin Williams
director
Shawn Levy
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure, Kids and Family

We gave it a C-

A charming concept and a cast of first-rate funnymen, including Dick Van Dyke and Ricky Gervais, are squandered in Night at the Museum, a flat family adventure-comedy about a security guard (Ben Stiller) at New York’s Museum of Natural History who tries to maintain order as the exhibits come to life at night. Stiller is a game lead, but the plot has more bare bones than the museum’s T. rex. EXTRAS include a back-patting commentary by director Shawn Levy and enough Gervais footage to make another — probably funnier — movie. C-

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