Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)

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Critic 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.

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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 and breeding, Lara pines for her father, Lord Croft (Jon Voight), whose passing left her orphaned. On the eve of a celestial event that will also mark the anniversary of Lord Croft's death, Lara comes up against an ancient organization called the Illuminati, represented by the sinister Powell (Iain Glen), who's in pursuit of an ancient relic with power over time and even death itself. With the aid of her high-tech support team, Lara travels to some exotic locales in search of the artifact, including a foray into a decrepit Asian temple guarded by lethal stone apes and other creatures that spring to life. Filmed at various locations in Great Britain as well as Iceland and the Angkor Wat temples of Cambodia, Tomb Raider co-stars Noah Taylor, Chris Barrie, Daniel Craig, Rachel Appleton, Leslie Phillips, Mark Collie, and Julian Rhind-Tutt. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Angelina Jolie
as Lara Croft
Iain Glen
as Manfred
Jon Voight
as Lord Richard Croft
Chris Barrie
as Hillary
Richard Johnson
as Distingiushed Gentleman
Robert Phillips
as Assault Team Leader
Rachel Appleton
as Young Lara
Henry Wyndham
as Auctioneer
David Y. Cheung
as Head Laborer
David K.S. Tse
as Head Laborer
Ayla Amiral
as Little Cambodian Girl
Stephanie Burns
as Little Inuit Girl
Ozzie Yue
as Aged Buddhist Monk
Wai-Keat Lau
as Young Buddhist Monk
Carl Chase
as Ancient High Priest
Richenda Carey
as Imperious Woman
Anna Maria Everett
as Shocked Maid
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Critic Reviews for Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (38)

[A] movie based on a video game that's unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.

Apr 12, 2010 | Full Review…

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

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

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

Jun 25, 2001 | Full Review…

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

Jun 22, 2001 | Rating: 2/4

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

Jun 22, 2001

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

Jun 21, 2001

Audience Reviews for Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Mindless plot-less action film for yours truly.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

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

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

Martin Sahlin
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.

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