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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 31, 2003
Scenery can't save this blindingly dull sequel.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 30, 2003
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 29, 2003
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2003
Silly, cheesy and tacky.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 26, 2003
A highly enjoyable summer thrill ride.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
Another sequel cashing in on its pre-sold audience without providing anything by way of sparkle, wit or originality.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 25, 2003
For a movie based on a video game, the story is as far-fetched and the characters as one-dimensional as one might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 25, 2003
While there's compelling evidence that Angelina Jolie is a real person, you'd never guess it watching Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
July 25, 2003
More like a Cradle of Tedium, and despite the high-decibel sound and fury, you may wish you had brought a pillow.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2003
Without sacrificing velocity, de Bont gives us a clean, watchable film, with some exciting sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
July 25, 2003
Banal dialogue, ludicrous and uninspired plotting, dull but vicious fight scenes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 25, 2003
The new film isn't very good, but it's possible to sit through it without holding your nose.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2003
Despite extra scoops of action, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life isn't nearly as much fun as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 25, 2003
A film as boring as its title is grammatically incorrect and long.
| Original Score: D-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 25, 2003
Jolie may be defining herself in a franchise whose memory will be hard to erase later in her career, but she does it with the style of a legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 25, 2003
As a collection of action sequences, The Cradle of Life couldn't be less rousing were it performed by the cast of Cocoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 25, 2003
At least now we have a clue about what's in Pandora's Box: It's movies like this.
| Original Score: C-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 25, 2003
How could something so expensive, so loud and so frenetic simultaneously be so mindnumbingly boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2003
Uses imagination and exciting locations to give the movie the same kind of pulp adventure feeling we get from the Indiana Jones movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 24, 2003
If ever there was a movie fit for permanent entombment, it's this sequel.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 24, 2003
Cradle has more story and more Jolie but, at just under two hours, it unfolds like a leaden fashion shoot.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 24, 2003
This has less plot and worse acting than the 2001 original.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 24, 2003
Lara proclaims: 'Some things are not meant to be found.' I nodded quietly in my seat in agreement and then thought, 'Some movies are not meant to be seen, either.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 24, 2003
Probably enough goodwill has been built up in the early sections that most viewers will not take offense when the movie abandons its plot and characters.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 24, 2003
Drags a 60-minute B-movie premise into something twice that long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 24, 2003
Inane claptrap that's sure to be forgotten in the time it takes to rattle off its elongated title.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
July 24, 2003
Lara Croft lopes from one action set-piece to the next without developing any real rhythm or drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 24, 2003
Overfamiliar and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2003
A distinct if distinctly minor improvement on the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 24, 2003
As impressive as Angelina Jolie's many physical feats may be, it takes even more stamina and fortitude to stay awake during the movie's seemingly endless two-hour running length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 24, 2003
Diverting but far from memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2003
I still had to slap myself to stay awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 24, 2003
Both Tomb Raiders suffer from rampant action-adventure cliches and the sort of lumbering dialogue that harks back to the Saturday morning serials of yore.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 24, 2003
After a while, you stop speculating how Croft will wriggle out of each fine mess and start checking your watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2003
For every scene of National Geographic -grand photography and showy action stuntwork put together by chick-action veteran director Jan De Bont, a little bit of Jolie's old dangerousness goes missing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 24, 2003
An action for action's sake movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C