Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  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. A surprise and a not-so-guilty pleasure.
  3. Somewhat fleeter and more engaging than its predecessor.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. Croft is one humorless butt-kicker. Excavations in exotic lands have rarely looked so much like items on a to-do list.
  10. 50
    Even sex can't save a film that produces instant narcolepsy.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Even though the special effects and action sequences are good, the monsters conjured up are rather humdrum.
  15. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    50
    If only the love story were a little more convincing, she might have saved the world and the movie.
  16. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    50
    Isn't nearly as much fun as the original. For one thing, Lara having a boyfriend wrecks everything.
  17. 50
    Simply a series of set pieces designed to insure Angelina Jolie's status as action-babe pin-up.
  18. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    50
    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 50
    This is a highly enjoyable summer thrill ride with an action heroine who likes to be on top, literally and figuratively.
  22. 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.
  23. 50
    Emerges as just one more formulaic action film as the title character bounces around the globe in a deadly treasure hunt.
  24. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    It’s not half bad, with cool locations and a great stunt leap from the top of a Hong Kong high-rise.
  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. 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.
  27. Beneath its satisfactory chops this movie -- like Ms. Croft herself -- is stuffy and soulless.
  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
    Another joyless, brain-numbing adventure through lackluster Indiana Jones territory.
  32. 25
    Cradle of lifelessness.
  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
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 85
  2. Negative: 12 out of 85
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    3
    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
    4
    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
    2
    also, a boring piece of crap