Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Reviews

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Jason Zingale
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Jolie does her best, delivering her mediocre lines like they were the cleverest writing in the history of cinema, but goodwill for the star only carries a film so far.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
August 5, 2003
Not enough crazy gynophobia. Perhaps Paul Verhoeven should direct Tomb Raider.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 24, 2003
This movie has a better plot, better characters, and better acting than the first one, but let's be honest about it -- no one is going to see this movie for the plot, characters, and acting.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Better than the first, but not by much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2003
The film was directed by Jan de Bont, who now should be known as F.K. Jan de Bont; the abbreviation standing for Franchise Killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 25, 2003
Under de Bont's tutelage the franchise has shifted from amiably plodding but unique to relentlessly plodding and generic.
| Original Score: C-
James Rocchi
July 30, 2003
Angelina Jolie returns as a globetrotting archaeologist ... in a sequel that redefines boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
July 24, 2003
When we're not offered dime-store CGI or cardboard Temple Settings, we're attacked by action sequences that waver between "stutter-step silly" and "slo-mo stupid".
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2003
Silly, cheesy and tacky.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
August 27, 2003
This is just disappointingly average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
July 26, 2003
It repeats the mistakes of the first film and compounds them with the cardinal sin of taking itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2003
A distinct if distinctly minor improvement on the first.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
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
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2003
The storytellers behind The Cradle of Life concentrate mostly on transportation: the best parts of the movie depict our heroes getting from place to place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's clunky, lifeless, murky, and worst of all incredibly boring.
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