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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Reviews

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.
April 12, 2010
This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all.
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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.
July 31, 2003
Scenery can't save this blindingly dull sequel.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
July 28, 2003
Silly, cheesy and tacky.
July 26, 2003
A highly enjoyable summer thrill ride.
July 25, 2003
Another sequel cashing in on its pre-sold audience without providing anything by way of sparkle, wit or originality.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 25, 2003
Without sacrificing velocity, de Bont gives us a clean, watchable film, with some exciting sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2003
Banal dialogue, ludicrous and uninspired plotting, dull but vicious fight scenes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2003
The new film isn't very good, but it's possible to sit through it without holding your nose.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2003
A film as boring as its title is grammatically incorrect and long.
Read More | Original Score: D-
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
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
July 25, 2003
At least now we have a clue about what's in Pandora's Box: It's movies like this.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
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
July 24, 2003
If ever there was a movie fit for permanent entombment, it's this sequel.
July 24, 2003
Cradle has more story and more Jolie but, at just under two hours, it unfolds like a leaden fashion shoot.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 24, 2003
This has less plot and worse acting than the 2001 original.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
July 24, 2003
Drags a 60-minute B-movie premise into something twice that long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2003
Inane claptrap that's sure to be forgotten in the time it takes to rattle off its elongated title.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2003
Lara Croft lopes from one action set-piece to the next without developing any real rhythm or drive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2003
Overfamiliar and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 24, 2003
A distinct if distinctly minor improvement on the first.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
July 24, 2003
Diverting but far from memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 24, 2003
I still had to slap myself to stay awake.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 24, 2003
After a while, you stop speculating how Croft will wriggle out of each fine mess and start checking your watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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+
July 24, 2003
An action for action's sake movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C