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Lara Croft - Tomb Raider Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2010
[A] movie based on a video game that's unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
A jerky, fragmented tale that jumps from one exotic location to the next without any explanation or flow.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 25, 2001
Loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 22, 2001
In the department of numbing ineptitude, the pacing runs a neck-and-neck race with the dialogue.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 22, 2001
So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2001
There is more tension in Jolie's T-shirts than in the dramatic action.
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June 16, 2001
[Jolie's] glittering, libidinous impudence gives this packaged piece of corporate schlock a strange integrity -- perhaps even a soul.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 15, 2001
Tomb Raider's preoccupation with time is puzzling, given the movie's leisurely pace.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
June 15, 2001
So deep was the concern that Jolie fully realize the role of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that the story got lost in the jungle.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 15, 2001
The herald of a cold, heartless, soul-dead cinema for a numbed audience with no interest in human emotion, just a craving to have its synapses jolted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 15, 2001
Highly anticipated adaptation of the popular computer game is uneven, sometimes awkward, but Angelina Jolie makes the title character a virtual icon of female competence and coolth.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 15, 2001
A tedious bore that deserves early entombment.
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Cary Darling
Miami Herald
June 15, 2001
In the end, Croft loses to the most dangerous villain of them all: mediocrity.
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Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun
June 15, 2001
Angelina Jolie rocks, but dull script deflates adventure film.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 15, 2001
Its heavily mined narrative throws all sorts of ridiculous twists into the mix in order to put Croft through her punishing paces.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 15, 2001
It's yet another movie where you frequently have no idea what's going on or why.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2001
The movie credits five separate persons for the story and screenplay, a quintet of scribes who might better consider a career shift into acting -- they've clearly done a splendid job of impersonating monkeys at a typewriter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 15, 2001
While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is as cumbersome as most films in this subgenre, Angelina Jolie makes it watchable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 15, 2001
Of all this summer's mindless blockbusters, this is arguably the most fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 15, 2001
Here is a movie so monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 14, 2001
Jolie gives Lara an upper class British accent, but it's so denatured that she sounds like one of those British techno-pop goddesses on a Valium drip.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 14, 2001
A movie for young boys and slightly older boys. For the rest of us, it's so inept it doesn't even provide an opportunity to ogle Angelina Jolie properly.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2001
'Time was stolen from us!' someone cries as they go chasing around fighting over the two halves of a mystical tablet that holds the key to the past and the future. Yup, I'd say 1 hour, 44 minutes, to be exact.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 14, 2001
When it comes to the action scenes, West is all thumbs. His camera always seems to be in the wrong place, and the scenes never build momentum.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 14, 2001
As much fun as watching someone else play a video game.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2001
See summer films such as Tomb Raider, Swordfish and Pearl Harbor over and over again, as young people are wont to do, and your mind is liable to atrophy from lack of use.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 14, 2001
Unlike most modern action directors, who view action the way porno directors see sex -- as an exhausting, noisy marathon -- Simon West spaces out the set pieces so they retain some actual thrill.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 14, 2001
Don't pack up your PC -- Tomb Raider the movie has nothing over its electronic counterpart.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2001
Almost completely lacking in genuine thrills.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
June 14, 2001
A visually spectacular yet oddly cheerless experience.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 14, 2001
The movie never summons the slightest pretense that there is anything at stake for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 14, 2001
The dialogue is hackneyed and heavy-handed, with cheesy puns that might have been lifted from an old-time college fraternity skit.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 14, 2001
For a modestly budgeted project -- this movie's well-done and watchable, even occasionally elegant.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
June 14, 2001
If only the story that surrounds this watchable heroine were as well-stacked.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
June 14, 2001
Character shadings take a back seat to confusing exposition and feeble mysticism.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2001
A shallow, cliche-ridden mess that keeps blowing up on screen.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 14, 2001
They've taken a mega-popular video game and turned it into a mega-void.
| Original Score: C+
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 14, 2001
The verdict on the big-screen Lara Croft: Angelina Jolie, hot. Tomb Raider, not.