'Night At The Museum 3': The Reviews Are In!

It was Robin Williams' last big film, but did it do justice to his legacy?

It was supposed to be a fun, family-friendly romp through a familiar franchise, but now "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" is serving a second, more serious purpose: It's the last time we'll see Robin Williams onscreen in a major film. That's a lot of pressure for any movie, but particularly for one featuring magical waxwork historical figures, a bumbling Ben Stiller, and a star turn by a CGI monkey. Did they pull it off? We've rounded up a handful of critical responses below.

Well-played, new guys

"Just when you think that Dan Stevens, as a preening Sir Lancelot, has landed in another undercooked role post-'Downton Abbey,' his heroic arc takes some kookily inspired turns[.] Ben Kingsley, hardly the embodiment of selectivity, takes what could have been a groaner cameo as Ahkmenrah’s pop and really owns it, right down to his amusingly blithe take on the Israelites. Some of the action strikingly, disorientingly detours into an M. C. Escher piece hanging in the museum’s collection. And there’s an obvious subtext to Williams’s sign-off as Roosevelt that’s genuinely touching." -- Tom Russo, Boston Globe

It's fun, and who doesn't like fun?

"It's not going to win Oscars or show up on critics' Top 10 lists, but 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' has one thing going for it that even many of this season's prestige films don't: It's kind of fun, unembarrassingly, and not least of all because the people who made it look like they had a good time doing so." -- Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly

A sad, sweet, and successful goodbye

"Ben Stiller may be the star of the 'Night at the Museum' pictures, but Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt is the funny heart and compassionate soul of the series, dispensing clever one-liners and offering calming wisdom to Stiller’s perpetually harried character, Larry Daley. That’s never been more so than in “Secret of the Tomb,” in which Teddy bids farewell to Larry with words — 'I guess this is it' — invested with an unexpected depth of poignancy owing to the fact that they are more true than either he and the filmmakers knew." -- Soren Anderson, Seattle Times

"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" is in theaters now.