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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Croft is one humorless butt-kicker. Excavations in exotic lands have rarely looked so much like items on a to-do list.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Even though the special effects and action sequences are good, the monsters conjured up are rather humdrum.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    This is a highly enjoyable summer thrill ride with an action heroine who likes to be on top, literally and figuratively.
  12. 50
    Even sex can't save a film that produces instant narcolepsy.
  13. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    If only the love story were a little more convincing, she might have saved the world and the movie.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    Isn't nearly as much fun as the original. For one thing, Lara having a boyfriend wrecks everything.
  15. 50
    Emerges as just one more formulaic action film as the title character bounces around the globe in a deadly treasure hunt.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 50
    Simply a series of set pieces designed to insure Angelina Jolie's status as action-babe pin-up.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Beneath its satisfactory chops this movie -- like Ms. Croft herself -- is stuffy and soulless.
  23. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 186 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 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"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 overlongBut 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