Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34

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  1. 75
    In a summer where the special effects in movies have grown steadily more repetitive and dreary, "LCTR:TCOL" uses imagination and exciting locations to give the movie the same kind of pulp adventure feeling we get from the Indiana Jones movies.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    A surprise and a not-so-guilty pleasure.
  3. 63
    Angelina Jolie focuses her wild energy into outlandish heroics, and emerges with more attractiveness and credibility than all three of those silly Charlie's Angels combined.
  4. Somewhat fleeter and more engaging than its predecessor.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jolie is even hotter, faster and more commanding than last time around as the fearless heiress/adventuress, plus a little more human. 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.
  6. However caricatured a vision of female empowerment, Lara Croft exercises an irresistible tug not just on the adolescent male imagination but the 12-year-old female imagination as well.
  7. 60
    This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all, though every time she opened her mouth I expected Mick Jagger to come dancing down her tongue.
  8. 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.
  9. Croft is one humorless butt-kicker. Excavations in exotic lands have rarely looked so much like items on a to-do list.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    It’s not half bad, with cool locations and a great stunt leap from the top of a Hong Kong high-rise.
  11. 50
    Superior to 2001's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in almost every way. It's better directed, more consistently acted, and its writing, while at times ridiculous, at least has a modicum of logic at its core. I still had to slap myself to stay awake.
  12. A creditable genre entry, the rare action movie with a discernible story, an assured pace and a charismatic central character. It falls apart in the end.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Even though the special effects and action sequences are good, the monsters conjured up are rather humdrum.
  14. 50
    Bombastic it may be, but it’s rarely boring, as was the first Tomb Raider. Keep your expectations in line with the source material and you may be pleasantly surprised.
  15. 50
    This is a highly enjoyable summer thrill ride with an action heroine who likes to be on top, literally and figuratively.
  16. 50
    Even sex can't save a film that produces instant narcolepsy.
  17. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    If only the love story were a little more convincing, she might have saved the world and the movie.
  18. Isn't nearly as much fun as the original. For one thing, Lara having a boyfriend wrecks everything.
  19. 50
    Emerges as just one more formulaic action film as the title character bounces around the globe in a deadly treasure hunt.
  20. 50
    Offers plenty of eye candy, if little else. Ultimately, the film is clearly superior to its predecessor, but that's mostly because the first Tomb Raider left so much room for improvement.
  21. Its faults -- banal dialogue, ludicrous and uninspired plotting, dull but vicious fight scenes -- make you realize just how much the summer action movie has declined in the last few years.
  22. Simply a series of set pieces designed to insure Angelina Jolie's status as action-babe pin-up.
  23. The movie is all action. But there's no pacing, no suspense and no vulnerability for the protagonist so it all soon gets numbingly tiresome.
  24. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Even in the final battle over life and death, the only injury she suffers is a slight scratch on the face. It’s too much like a video game.
  25. 42
    Quite simply, the "Tomb Raider" series has been flat-out boring, even with the talented and fun Jolie -- who needs to take off those harnesses and get back to real movies. She deserves better.
  26. Beneath its satisfactory chops this movie -- like Ms. Croft herself -- is stuffy and soulless.
  27. 40
    With her bulging blue eyes, elaborately braided hair and slinky spandex costumes, she's an indelible icon of action-heroine chic, and, quite frankly, the films don't deserve her.
  28. Competent in the extreme, the talented Jolie would make a great Jane Bond. But mired in this joyless orgy of preposterousness, her biggest challenge is simply keeping a straight face.
  29. If ever there was a movie fit for permanent entombment, it's this sequel.
  30. 30
    In a summer of surprisingly self-serious comic book movies" Lara Croft "stands out as being particularly humorless.
  31. 25
    Cradle of lifelessness.
  32. 25
    Another joyless, brain-numbing adventure through lackluster Indiana Jones territory.
  33. 25
    The worst action movie of the summer. I liked Bad Boys II a little less, but making the comparison is like distinguishing between a cow turd and a horse turd. And that pretty much sums it up nicely.
  34. It wouldn't be fair to gripe about the hundreds of plot holes; the whole thing is hole.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 214 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 87
  2. Negative: 13 out of 87
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    Man, why won't people know that game-adapted movies don't have the capacity to become equal as those from the pure brain? "The Cradle of Life"Man, why won't people know that game-adapted movies don't have the capacity to become equal as those from the pure brain? "The Cradle of Life" is a very appropriate example and solution for my statement. Its terrible, worse than the prequel. Avoid the movie and watch something alse. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2015
    Again, good movie. Critics don't know anything about Lara Croft. They should make some research before doing an article, you know, like allAgain, good movie. Critics don't know anything about Lara Croft. They should make some research before doing an article, you know, like all journalists are supposed to do. Full Review »
  3. Oct 6, 2015
    Angelina Jolie.......................................................................................................... YES!

    Lara Croft
    Angelina Jolie.......................................................................................................... YES!

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life............................................................. NO!
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