Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Better than the first, but not by much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Rooney
Variety
April 12, 2010
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2010
This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all.
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
It's all a confection, but the plot is tight, Jolie is hot, and I'll probably see the next one, too.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's clunky, lifeless, murky, and worst of all incredibly boring.
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Jan De Bont seems to have lost the ability to intelligently direct an action scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Curiously fun-free, drab and ho-hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
It seems the refreshing originality that breathed life into the first film is still trying to catch its breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2005
Better than its predecessor--and, yes, that's every bit the backhanded compliment it sounds like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
... 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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 2, 2004
The new Lara Croft has no reason to exist except that the first one made money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 15, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 9, 2003
The pace can best be described as similar to crawling through quicksand with two broken legs and a refrigerator strapped to your back.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
November 10, 2003
Sorry to say, but all the breasts, guns, and monsters aren't enough to save this franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 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 | Original Score: B+
October 2, 2003
'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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alexa Moses
Sydney Morning Herald
September 27, 2003
Tomb Raider II may be a pleasure as banal as the archetypal evil scientist. Yet it's a pleasure nonetheless.
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