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Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 554,977


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for action violence and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Colleary and Mike Werb , Michael Colleary , Patrick Massett , John Zinman , Mike Werb
In Theaters:
Nov 13, 2001
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A jerky, fragmented tale that jumps from one exotic location to the next without any explanation or flow.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way.

Full Review… | June 25, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

In the department of numbing ineptitude, the pacing runs a neck-and-neck race with the dialogue.

June 22, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

There is more tension in Jolie's T-shirts than in the dramatic action.

June 21, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Some great action sequences, but not much else.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

So inferior as art and entertainment.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
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?

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

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?

Full Review… | September 16, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
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

Full Review… | November 15, 2006

Worth watching.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2003
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2003

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2003

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

Full Review… | March 20, 2003

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2002

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Mindless plot-less action film for yours truly.

Wildaly M

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Not so entertaining. Some pretty bad effects...and a not so interesting plot. Almost a 3 star...close but no cigar.

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider Quotes

My ignorance amuses me... My ignorance amuses me?
Lara Croft:
Yes well I've always found your ignorance quite amusing.
– Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)

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