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  • Summary: Demonstrating her physical prowess and revealing her courage as never before, Lara Croft proves that she will stop at nothing in her search for an infamous site know as "The Cradle of Life" -- especially when it means she could save the world from the most unspeakable evil ever known. (Paramount)
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  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. 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.
  3. Croft is one humorless butt-kicker. Excavations in exotic lands have rarely looked so much like items on a to-do list.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. It wouldn't be fair to gripe about the hundreds of plot holes; the whole thing is hole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 85
  2. Negative: 12 out of 85
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2010
    also, a boring piece of crap

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