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Land of the Lost (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 187
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 139

Only loosely based on the original TV series, Land of the Lost is decidedly less kid-friendly and feels more like a series of inconsistent sketches than a cohesive adventure comedy.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 31

Only loosely based on the original TV series, Land of the Lost is decidedly less kid-friendly and feels more like a series of inconsistent sketches than a cohesive adventure comedy.

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This big-screen adaptation of Land of the Lost stars Will Ferrell as Dr. Rick Marshall, a quantum paleontologist who has been discredited in the scientific world due to his strident belief in time travel as the cure for all of humanity's problems. After hitting an all-time low, giving a lecture to elementary school kids, Dr. Marshall meets an ambitious young scientist named Holly (Anna Friel), who tells him she has followed all his work and believes he's a genius. Spurred on by her enthusiasm,

Oct 13, 2009

$49.4M

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All Critics (188) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (139) | DVD (11)

[A] gigantic chunk of scat.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A ragbag of lackadaisical plotting, drugs references, puerile lechery and shiny effects work, an assemblage far from child-friendly yet not quite grungey enough to wow older teens.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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A seriously mistaken enterprise, this Cat in the Hat-worthy stinker grafts the DNA of a Gerald Ford-era children's TV show (barely remembered by thirtysomethings) to the restless-leg freneticism of today's CGI-heavy blockbustering.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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The interesting thing, though, when you actually see "Land of the Lost," is that it ... essentially functions as a high-cost, high-gloss parody of itself.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Farrell and McBride are great together at times in this movie.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Danny McBride is funny in the movie, not nearly often enough.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Danny McBride and Will Ferrell make it worth a trip to Land of the Lost.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Who is this movie being made for in the first place?

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

By stringing together a bunch of campy retro set-ups and witty improvs, Land of the Lost manages to be a watchable comedy with plenty of laughs.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Land of the Lost is a terrible family film - let's just get that out there - but it is certain to live on as a staple of bleary-eyed uni students' movie nights; sandwiched in-between repeat viewings of The Wall.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Ladies and gentlemen- this is it. This is the moment where Will Ferrell's shtick (already wearing thin after his last couple of films) officially got old.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Better than "Bewitched," if only for its straightforwardness. Then again, even Nora Ephron didn't turn Will Ferrell into a colonoscopic agent for a dinosaur. Depending on if you like him, that may be a comic equivalent to the Berlin Wall's collapse.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

...the film boasts a pervasively puerile sensibility that's reflected in virtually all of its attributes...

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Not really a film version of the oft-rerun '70s Saturday morning staple that happens to star Will Ferrell, but rather a Will Ferrell movie that happens to bear the title and some concepts of the show.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Will Ferrell's and Danny McBride's natural charisma isn't sufficient to save Land of the Lost

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

An odd film, which will hardly be enough to turn it into the massive hit that it needs to be.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

There are genuine thrills, gross-out moments, zingy lines and a Will Ferrell in solid form. No one asked for this movie, but now that it's here, we should be pleased.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

By and large, it's knockabout kids' stuff (and has been advertised on that basis), but it has some quite risqué smut.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

There's a docu-drama to be made about movies like this. About how no-one had the courage to tell the star: This ain't funny!

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Teletext
Teletext

Humdrum adaptation that should, given the ripe nature of its source material, have been much better.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's not just the land that feels lost in Ferrell's lumbering latest. After Bewitched, you'd have thought he'd have learned to leave old TV shows well alone.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A doughily inexpressive Will Ferrell extinguishes any flicker of originality in one of the worst performances of his career.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

It is very surreal, absurd, and often quite gross, with loads of very arch and knowing gags. It's not going to win any awards. Really, it's a DVD rental. There are some laughs. I laughed, anyway.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comments (2)
Guardian [UK]

The humour is lame and more than a little smutty, while the plot barely hangs together.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Land of the Lost

I don't know anything about the original TV series this film is based on, knowing TV adaptations these days it's probably nothing like it but I really don't know. It does however make me want to visit the old TV series out of curiosity though as I'm guessing it pokes fun at it somewhat. I quite liked the sets; the random 50's cars/diners etc in the dessert, the Aztec looking lizard people, the dinosaur etc, visually it was pretty neat. Quite typically with Will Ferrell films I feel that they would be loads better if they didn't have Will Ferrell in them, I believe that if you replaced the three leading actors with just about anyone else it would have improved the film vastly. Just think, if this was a Jonny Depp fronted film I'm sure it would have done much better. Will Ferrell just isn't funny.
February 4, 2013
SirPant

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Apart from the chosen actors, the movie handled its money SO badly. The effects were adequate and instead of being a family film it's instead decidedly mean. A bad choice. Still I enjoyed the acting from Ferrell and Bride and it was exceptionally funny. And this made up for its flaws. Good for one viewing, just watch it with low expectations.
December 17, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Mad and really unusual!
June 24, 2011
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    1. Dr. Rick Marshall: Sweat Gregor Mendel.
    – Submitted by Chuck N (13 months ago)
    1. Dr. Rick Marshall: God I hope I get It, I hope I get It.
    – Submitted by Chuck N (13 months ago)
    1. Will: Do you ever get tired of being wrong?
    2. Dr. Rick Marshall: Yes! I really do!
    – Submitted by Evan A (14 months ago)
    1. Will: Never trust a guy in a tunic.
    – Submitted by Evan A (14 months ago)
    1. Will: Told you. Never trust a guy in a tunic.
    – Submitted by Evan A (14 months ago)
    1. Dr. Rick Marshall: What the h***?
    2. Will: Oh my bad. I'm man enough to say I was wrong.
    – Submitted by Evan A (14 months ago)
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