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Tomb Raider Reviews

March 21, 2018
Vikander, who can balance flinty charm with sympathetic humanism, helped keep me invested, but Tomb Raider could best be described as a solid step forward, away from past wrongs.
March 20, 2018
I longed for [Daniel] Wu to return to the screen whenever he left it.
March 19, 2018
"Tomb Raider," stuffed though it is with curses, vaults, and locks that cry out for secret keys, is not really about a legendary quest, or family honor. It's about Alicia Vikander.
March 18, 2018
There's no way to hate a movie that has spiked poles, booby-trapped caves and zombies, but you can fault it for not trying as hard as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2018
[Vikander] invests herself in Lara Croft, and the filmmakers, unlike the ones Jolie got saddled with, frame her with awe rather than lust. Now if only they could bring some of that awe to the tombs...
March 16, 2018
For a while, it looked like director Roar Uthaug was going to deliver a video game movie that transcended the genre, mostly through the neat trick of having his ass-kicking heroine be driven by the thoroughly human desire to be Daddy's little girl again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 16, 2018
Tomb Raider, sloppily directed by Roar Uthaug, would not be worth watching without Vikander, who darts, leaps, and pummels her way through this mediocre escapade with a winning fierceness
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 16, 2018
Like your copy of the original Playstation game, this "Tomb Raider" already feels like it's covered in dust.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 15, 2018
If your movie makes people want to play the game instead, that's a sign of deficient filmmaking - or an extremely overpriced advertisement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2018
A tight, fast, well-made B picture that delivered exactly what it promised. I liked it much.
March 15, 2018
Vikander, who won an Oscar for her performance in "The Danish Girl," has more than enough charisma to carry the film. She's not so much a wonder woman as she is a heroine who's up for whatever challenges she faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2018
The greatest distinction of "Tomb Raider" may be its trombones. In an unseen orchestra that bleats and blares, an urgent trombone chorus heralds every leap into banality.
Top Critic
March 15, 2018
Inevitably, there's an dull coda that sets up a sequel, but by that point you'll have been vainly searching the frame for the words GAME OVER for at least half an hour.
March 15, 2018
It all feels depressingly generic, and as the fun leaks out over the course of two long hours, a viewer starts to push back against the film's rickety suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 15, 2018
I wouldn't mind playing the game based on the movie but was less enthused about the movie based on the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2018
While Vikander plays a competent Lara Croft, she's also a surprisingly joyless one. And if you can't have fun at a movie like this, what's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2018
A beautifully crafted and unpretentious piece of action cinema, with a number of sequences that are as gorgeous as they are thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2018
If the future chapters are to be this silly and disposable, one hopes Vikander moves on as quickly from this film as I did as a viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2018
Vikander gives us a girl power adventurer who is brave, brainy and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2018
A film so rife with plot holes that it would make a decent pasta strainer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 15, 2018
Ms. Vikander certainly looks the role, with flowing hair and a washboard stomach you could play the blues on. She runs, jumps and leaps into this yawning void with grim determination.
March 15, 2018
You know what happens next. Tomb raiders gonna tomb raid!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2018
This is ... not just a reboot of a film franchise based on a video game. It's also a movie based on a reboot of that video game. If there were a television series it could reboot, then it would represent the hat trick of unoriginality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2018
This Lara Croft is a capable, intelligent action-movie heroine, not an excuse to flaunt boobs and guns. You care about who she is, not just what she looks like.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 15, 2018
Vikander doesn't have much to play, script-wise, but she makes a tough, appealing action star ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2018
This Lara is spunky and fearless, with a mind of her own. That's nice to see, but what does it matter in a movie that's dull when it's not inexplicable, and is riddled with bad dialogue and worse special effects?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 14, 2018
Story problems tank the new "Tomb Raider" - small, essential things like lack of motivation, lack of reasons for people to do the things they do, and lack of any reason for the audience to keep watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 14, 2018
Vikander attacks this role at a headlong pace, with a raspy primal yelp, and she's so much fun to watch. This modern and grounded approach to Lara Croft has you in its chokehold before you can resist. Might as well go along for the rest of the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2018
"Tomb Raider" is an often fun and visually compelling action pic, that is also sometimes unintentionally silly, with a great actress leading the whole thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2018
"Tomb Raider" is no masterpiece, but it's rare to see a franchise reinvent its hero so dramatically and so successfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 14, 2018
Without the interactive component, we're just watching moldy movie tropes retranslated back into movie form. And by the end, the craven franchise aspirations have obliterated even the very modest retro appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 14, 2018
It seems inevitable that Lara will be back for more; next time, maybe the whole thing can feel just a smidge more like its own film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 14, 2018
What makes Vikander's interpretation work is that this new-and-somewhat-improved "Tomb Raider" has been conceived as both a back-to-basics origin story and a smart, forward-thinking spin on a character with a tricky representational history.
March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander worked herself into hardbody shape for Tomb Raider, which by contrast is a flabby, lazy mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 14, 2018
This "origin story" feels like leftovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2018
Such a uniquely interesting character deserves more than a run-of-the-mill action franchise, but nearly 40 years after Raiders of the Lost Ark, we're still getting pits and spikes, spiders and snakes.
March 14, 2018
Vikander is a fine Lara Croft. Moviewise, however, she could use a better set of clues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2018
Vikander, who has clearly been put through the brutal pullups-and-jump-squats gauntlet of action-movie bootcamp, is tiny but powerful, an ab-rippling sprite to Jolie's hourglass Amazonian.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 14, 2018
Part II needs to switch gears and hone in all the crowd-pleasing thrills that come with an A-level adventure franchise. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Marvel movies. Jumanji. Otherwise, the film should stay buried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
March 14, 2018
An obligatory setup for a sequel slows down the final moments, but until then, Tomb Raider feels like a perfectly paced trio of espresso shots, with a shot of adrenaline to the heart as a chaser.
March 14, 2018
The movie is full of vine-swinging, bow-and-arrow-shooting, ancient-spirit-meeting action, but most of it is staged on a convincing human scale, one that's been expertly tailored to its star's understated directness.
March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander gamely steps into the kick-ass role twice played by Angelina Jolie, but the derivative story and cardboard supporting characters are straight out of 1930s movie serials.