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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 40
Rotten: 126

Critics Consensus: Though the sequel is an improvement over the first movie, it's still lacking in thrills.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: Though the sequel is an improvement over the first movie, it's still lacking in thrills.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 419,929


Movie Info

This sequel to the 2001 hit video-game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider finds Jan de Bont stepping in for director Simon West, helming his first feature since 1999's The Haunting. From a script by first-time scribe Dean Georgaris, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life finds Angelina Jolie once again portraying the titular curvaceous adventurer. But where the first film saw Croft in a race against the Illuminati to acquire an elusive relic that offers control over life and death, this … More

PG-13 (for action violence and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dean Georgaris
In Theaters:
Nov 18, 2003
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (126) | DVD (25)

The less welcome news is that most of the same shortcomings that cramped the first installment are still dogging the sequel, which delivers on action but dawdles through downtime.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Top Critic

This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all.

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

The tepidly anticipated return of the videogame vixen belly-flopped on its US release, and it did so with a splat that could drown out several summer blockbusters' worth of car-crunch and detonations.

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

Scenery can't save this blindingly dull sequel.

July 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The direction is so workmanlike, so dispassionately competent, that it seems De Bont may be as resigned to his career's downward plummet as those of us who admired his debut film, the thrilling Speed, are puzzled by it.

Full Review… | July 30, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Jolie remains more magazine cover than actress (or movie star), and the franchise she supports is more Nintendo after-school time killer than rousing adventure cycle.

Full Review… | July 29, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Better than the first, but not by much.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's all a confection, but the plot is tight, Jolie is hot, and I'll probably see the next one, too.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Baltimore City Paper

It's clunky, lifeless, murky, and worst of all incredibly boring.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Jan de Bont's direction is also disappointing, and while Angelina Jolie continues to be an eye catching female superhero, she will only do it for the most undemanding audiences this time.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Jan De Bont seems to have lost the ability to intelligently direct an action scene.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Curiously fun-free, drab and ho-hum.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

If you're a fan of hers you'll be able to find some enjoyment in this movie, but not as much as she seems to be having while making them.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Three Movie Buffs

It seems the refreshing originality that breathed life into the first film is still trying to catch its breath.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005

Better than its predecessor--and, yes, that's every bit the backhanded compliment it sounds like.

Full Review… | January 3, 2005

... true to the look and spirit of the game and ... more fun than watching someone else play 'Tomb Raider,' which was the bane of the first Lara Croft installment.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The new Lara Croft has no reason to exist except that the first one made money.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004

There remains the essential truth (and Tomb Raider 2's fiscal failure speaks to this) that even without analysis, there needs to be some meat on the bone.

Full Review… | December 15, 2003
Film Freak Central

The pace can best be described as similar to crawling through quicksand with two broken legs and a refrigerator strapped to your back.

December 9, 2003
Creative Loafing

Sorry to say, but all the breasts, guns, and monsters aren't enough to save this franchise.

Full Review… | November 10, 2003

It's not perfect (it's a sequel after all), but the latest Lara Croft film is smart, sexy and great summer fun.

Full Review… | October 7, 2003
EDGE Boston

'Es una película regular que si se ve con el humor adecuado puede llegar a gustar, pues lo único que promete - y ofrece - es un rato de esparcimiento'

Full Review… | October 2, 2003

Tomb Raider II may be a pleasure as banal as the archetypal evil scientist. Yet it's a pleasure nonetheless.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

Fun and mindless action adventure.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Not as good as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider due to a lack of thrills and action sequences. At least the first one was capable of this and sticking even marginally to the video game's concept of Lara raiding tombs a bit more often. So I feel gamers will feel dissapointed. But I as a film-goer enjoyed it because of witty, light hearted comedy and once again Angelina Jolie and her co-star's terrific performances.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Semi average sequel to Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider The Cradle Of Life is a slight step down the first, but manages to be entertaining despite the the lack of a really exciting story. I personally felt that the first was better, and this sequel feels like it was rushed to appeal to fans of the first one. Angelina Jolie returns as Lara Croft, and like I've said, the film is semi average and constantly feels like theres something out of place. A decent enough sequel, but hardly anything I would call excellent. Ciaran Hinds plays Jonathan Reiss a weapons dealer who seeks the cradle of life. Lara Croft is hired by the British government to recover the Cradle Of Life before Reiss does. Directed by Jan De Bont who is fairly hit and miss in his films, directs this film, and it shows. The results is the feeling that the film lacks something to truly make it exciting, and thrilling, something the first one did, but this one seems to be forced. The action scenes are entertaining, but get old after a while. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle Of Life is an imperfect, entertaining sequel. And despite everything, it does to be entertaining, but really is truly exciting. If you want the better Tomb Raider film, give the first a view. With this entry, the series either needs a third sequel, or a refreshing, and most likely a much needed reboot. Decent, but forgettable.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


The ending is better than the begining...but it's still not okay. Not a believeble dialouge...not so good effects. And a average plot. And that lead guy has such a zero talent face.

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Quotes

Lara Croft:
A bit rusty, are we?
Terry Sheridan:
Oh, I think it's coming back.
Lara Croft:
I expected more from a Scot.
Terry Sheridan:
I don't expect anything from an Englishwoman.
– Submitted by Nick S (16 months ago)

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