The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997)



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Movie Info

Just when you'd think that scientists would realize dinosaurs and humans don't mix, along comes The Lost World: Jurassic Park to prove you wrong. In this sequel, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) summons chaos theorist and onetime colleague Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to his home with some startling information -- while nearly everything at his Jurassic Park had been destroyed, engineers were also operating a second site, where other dinosaurs, resurrected through DNA cloning technology, had … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sci-fi terror and violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By: David Koepp
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On DVD: Oct 10, 2000
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Lost World - Jurassic Park

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (15)

The dinosaur creations are even better than those in the first film --- credible, breathtaking and frightening. As for the rest, every department pales by comparison.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Top Critic

In short, what you'd expect, and no more.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Lost World has the vibe of 'obligatory sequel,' just what director Steven Spielberg probably wanted to avoid.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Special effects demand dino closeups, but the technical miracles seem sadly mundane.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Readily the worst thing Steven Spielberg has ever made.

Full Review… | April 16, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

I never held The Lost World in such high esteem, but I watched it multiple times and always felt it got a bit of a bum rap. After checking it out again fourteen years later, I still feel the same way.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for The Lost World - Jurassic Park


After the success of the first film, everyone wanted to see more of what they loved, and here was Spielberg thinking it was a good idea to bring back everything people loved about the first one, while just recreating the same elements and not even half as good. This has got to be one of the biggest disappoints I have ever seen, because since the first film was so amazing, this one really needed to try something different, and the funny thing was that it did the exact opposite of that. Every second of this film, aside from the last 30 minutes, feels like a retread of it's predecessor. Even Jeff Goldblum acts like a 99 cent version of his character in the original. Sure the effects have improved and the budget has clearly increased, but the story is worse and the characters motivations are forced. I did not like this film at all, in fact I almost hated it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


With a darker tone and no shortage of fast-paced action thrills, Spielberg's 1997 follow-up to his original dino-classic manages to be a an underrated gem that is very much worth checking out for action junkies.

Personally, I am shocked at the amount of hate this sequel has gotten over the years. While far from a cinematic masterpiece, it is levels above the abominable "Jurassic Park III" and in some respects a bit of an improvement over the original.

One aspect that the sequel improves upon are the characters. Although far from spectacular, they posses a lot more charisma and a bit more layers than the first batch. Ian Malcolm, who was regulated to the sidelines in the original, is given center stage and the film is all the better for it, especially given Jeff Goldblum's more dynamic portrayal. Julianne Moore and Vince Vaughn also give decent supporting performances but Pete Postlethwaite steals the show as the thrill-seeking hunter Roland Tembo (also has probably the most fascinating character arc out of all the cast). Even the dinosaurs are given more characterization than the first, especially the velociraptors and the T-rexes. It's also a plus that the dialogue and banter yield a bit more emotional meat outside of just providing clunky exposition.

The visuals and action are just as spectacular as the first and Spielberg follows the "Aliens" template of giving the audience more dinosaurs. My favorite sequences include the nerve-racking breaking glass sequence and anything involving the velociraptors (tall grass sequence).

As far as plot goes, it does lack some originality (it's pretty much Spielberg's big budget remake of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World") along with containing a few plot contrivances and ridiculous moments (Ex. velociraptor killed by gymnastics). Although to be fair, it's not like the first movie was lacking in ridiculous moments either. The closing San Diego sequence, while thrilling, did feel overall tacked on. Almost as if Spielberg desperately wanted to make a mini-Kaiju movie in the vein of Godzilla and he saw this flick as his only chance to do so. Ironically, the sequence ended up being a much better and more faithful representation of Godzilla movies than the crap-storm Roland Emmerich version that came out a year later.

On a side note, John Williams provides the score once again but unfortunately the music feels phoned in and lacking in memorable ques. It doesn't end up being as moving as the first one.

It's far from a masterpiece or a significant highlight in Speilberg's long and prestigious career, but it's a nice guilt-free slice of action/adventure fun nonetheless.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Rather underrated as its constantly compared to its visual revolution of a predecessor. With more dinosaurs, the intensity does go up, mainly with Peter Stormare's encounter with packs of compsognathus. Which I thought meets up to the intensity of the original's opening. Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough reprise their roles, while backed by Julianne Moore and Pete Postlethwaite. However, I suddenly lost track when *SPOILER* a T-Rex is transfered to San Diego and brings destruction within the city. There are some moments that do seem overly dramatic, if compared to most scenes in the original. Besides these, the visuals and acting are at a similar level to the original. Don't compare this too much witht original and this will be an interesting ride.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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