Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. If ever there was a movie fit for permanent entombment, it's this sequel.
  3. 30
    In a summer of surprisingly self-serious comic book movies" Lara Croft "stands out as being particularly humorless.
  4. 25
    Another joyless, brain-numbing adventure through lackluster Indiana Jones territory.
  5. 25
    Cradle of lifelessness.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 85
  2. Negative: 12 out of 85
  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" 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. May 19, 2013
    But a movie has to be judged on its own merits, and Cradle of Life is executed in a sort of workman like fashion. It's a tad slow and overlong mainly because the plot is so thin, but the action sequences have their moments. It derails when the gang reaches the title Cradle of Life, where they encounter shadow demons and a realm where physics don't apply. The ending is lifted almost entirely from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, including the decision about what to do with Pandora's Box. And in the end, Lara Croft, just like the audience, doesn't really care what's happened, who's been hurt or if the world has been saved. It was just another day at the office for this video game heroine. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2010
    also, a boring piece of crap