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Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 126

Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 31

Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.



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A popular video game comes to the screen with this big-budget adventure starring Angelina Jolie as a buxom heroine recalling equal parts Indiana Jones and James Bond. Jolie is Lara Croft, a proper British aristocrat groomed at schools for the children of the elite. Croft leads a double life, however, as an acquirer of lost antiquities through questionable means, highly trained in combat skills with the help of a robotic opponent called Simon. Despite her exciting profession and a life of wealth

Nov 13, 2001


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (126) | DVD (32)

[A] movie based on a video game that's unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A jerky, fragmented tale that jumps from one exotic location to the next without any explanation or flow.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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In the department of numbing ineptitude, the pacing runs a neck-and-neck race with the dialogue.

June 22, 2001
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So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.

June 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There is more tension in Jolie's T-shirts than in the dramatic action.

June 21, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Some great action sequences, but not much else.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

So inferior as art and entertainment.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

How do you have a pitch perfect actress play the role and then offer no rewards for fans that have been waiting for this for years?

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Even by video-game-movie standards, this is an arrogantly, almost smugly empty and incoherent mess.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

All the world can blow up around Lara Croft--and it does here--but who cares when there's no reason to fear for her life?

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It might be easier to list the things that were good about Tomb Raider, but little comes to mind.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Displaying boobs, brawn, and brain (in that order), Angelina Jolie renders a splashy perfromance but the movie, which is like a video-game turned big-screen entertainment, is not good; another missed opportunity to have a femme-driven action-adventure

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Worth watching.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comment (1)
Three Movie Buffs

This would have been a better action movie if the last 10 minutes were replaced. Any computer-game player knows the last battle is supposed to be the toughest.

September 17, 2003 Full Review | Comment (1)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Let's face it, people going to see this movie expect two things: Lots of action and lots of slo-mo shots of Jolie running.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

You never get any explanation of who these people are or why they do what they do.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

Jolie kept her side of the deal, everyone else owes her big time.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Like her gaming counterpart, she's all pretty eye candy without much of a soul or even an interesting personality.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source:

Ultimately, the film is set piece after set piece after set piece.... literally. One set at a time, one scene at a time.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

Video-game based action-adventure blockbuster that just about delivers in terms of its casting and action sequences, but falls on its face when it comes to script, plot, character and dialogue.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

I feel sorry for Jolie and the myriad of stunt trainers and set builders who designed all this great stuff, only to have the likes of director Simon West come in and mess it all up.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Loud, tedious, boring and self-important, this movie offers nothing fresh, original or surprising.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Even the action, which should be this kind of brainless summer movie's saving grace, is spare and unexciting.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Mindless plot-less action film for yours truly.
July 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

No one could fit into this role better than Angelina Jolie. Not only does it have a superbly selected cast, the action sequences are thrilling and best of all everything else in the movie distracts you entirely from the plot that although isnt that great is very, very imaginative.
March 7, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Not so entertaining. Some pretty bad effects...and a not so interesting plot. Almost a 3 star...close but no cigar.
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

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As a major fan of the video game and with a deep, unrelenting contempt for Angelina Jolie, this movie had a lot to prove to me and for the most part did. Witty and fast paced, I felt that it remained true to the character of Lara Croft and the franchise, even if I felt it was slightly moronic not to choose one of the many magical BRITISH actress' that could have played this role better than old fish face Jolie ever could.
August 25, 2011
Unknown Hobo

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    1. Bryce: My ignorance amuses me... My ignorance amuses me?
    2. Lara Croft: Yes well I've always found your ignorance quite amusing.
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