Lara Croft: Tomb Raider


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 13 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    So monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.
  2. Rather than the mad, kinetic video-game vigor you'd expect, the movie proceeds at a more leisurely and methodical gait. I rather liked that.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    She's (Jolie) the most amazing special effect in movies. The best thing in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a bungee-jumping ballet that Lara performs late at night in her mansion, soaring high and low in Japanese silk pajamas and with her hair pulled tightly back.
  4. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    As cumbersome as most films in this subgenre, Angelina Jolie makes it watchable.
  5. Unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.
  6. I realize fantasy-based action movies aren't supposed to be as complex as William Gibson's novels. But do they have to be this simple-minded?
  7. 50
    Ultimately, Jolie's efforts to establish a character are dashed against the film's increasingly inane dialogue.
  8. This is just cut-rate, generic daughter of Indy Jones hokum.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    Couldn’t have arrived at a better time: movies have been so bad lately that audiences are positively starving for something mediocre.
  10. It's all about action and ogling -- Jolie's boobs, butt and thighs get so much screen time they deserve their own credits.
  11. 50
    If only the story that surrounds this watchable heroine were as well-stacked.
  12. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    A by-the-numbers extravanganza that journeys from London to Venice to Siberia to Cambodia without ever really going anywhere.
  13. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Cary Darling
    The relevant question is: does it rock? And the answer, unfortunately, is no.
  14. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    There's no clear plot, no memorable villains, no real logic. But there sure is action.
  15. Has all the appeal of a video game without the joystick. All you can do is watch. It's noisy and moves fast, but if you can't play, why pay?
  16. 42
    The opportunity to give Jolie the room to swagger like the "Charlie's Angels" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ladies is utterly squandered, and a video game franchise that might've resulted in a hoot of a film -- has been blown to dust.
  17. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    She's not a real person, in any way, shape or form -- which makes watching Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the first in a projected series of live-action films based around her exploits, a visually spectacular yet oddly cheerless experience.
  18. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Game boys and girls will be disappointed by this fast-paced but shockingly dull adaptation.
  19. 30
    Such an inept bundle of work -- crying out for the filmmaking equivalent of Ritalin, but still sluggish as syrup -- that it doesn't even provide an opportunity to ogle properly.
  20. 30
    Sitting through the lavish and dumb action spectacular Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is about as much fun as watching someone else play a video game.
  21. 30
    Slick-dick director Simon West, of "Con Air" and "The General's Daughter" infamy, continues to show no flair at all for blending action and character. Jolie and Lara deserved better. So did we.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Has the distinction of being a major motion picture that's far less imaginative, and quite a bit more stupid, than the interactive game it's based on.
  23. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    The effects are cheesy, the photography is murky, the sets look like leftovers from a Las Vegas stage spectacular -- and the flick appears to have been edited with a roulette wheel.
  24. These are good moments, and there are a few others, that prevent Tomb Raider from being one of the worst films of the year. But they're not enough to make it worth seeing.
  25. A staggeringly bad picture: a shallow, cliche-ridden mess that keeps blowing up on screen.
  26. Since the expensive new movie version of the popular video game, Tomb Raider, is very true to its origins, it's a colossal bore.
  27. So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.
  28. Almost completely lacking in genuine thrills. Even the attractive presence of star Angelina Jolie can't keep this leaden, plodding, completely underwhelming film from playing like "Lara Croft: Yawn Inducer."
  29. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Remarkably joyless, even though Ms. Jolie is a formidable presence with the potential for becoming a witty one.
  30. It is the perfect modern product: loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way.
  31. 0
    The game is great fun -- the movie ought to be taken out back and shot.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 43
  2. Negative: 12 out of 43
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    I recommend playing the game rather than watching the movie. It's better.
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    Angelina Jolie running around in tight clothes and carrying a gun isn't enough entrainment for me, but, for some, it will be. I'm not sayingAngelina Jolie running around in tight clothes and carrying a gun isn't enough entrainment for me, but, for some, it will be. I'm not saying that's a good quality for them; I'm just saying I think there's a method to the madness of this preposterous thing. Full Review »
  3. Aug 9, 2012
    I love Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Now that's what a good video game movie is all about. I know critics are still feeling the hatred of videoI love Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Now that's what a good video game movie is all about. I know critics are still feeling the hatred of video game movies affecting Hollywood. Take a look at Tomb Raider: a good, successful, film franchise that's still holding on after all these years and now a reboot is in the works. Although the sequel look a little decent, but I gotta give it up to Ms. Angelina Jolie. She is a phenomenal action star in her own right, marries with Brad Pitt, and of course, she still has the look of a role model. Playing Lara Croft in the movie is just too easy for me to say, but she definitely nailed it. I played all of the Tomb Raider video games, and the original game on PS1 may sorta a lot different than the movie. I really don't trust movie critics and I don't even care what those metascores might say, but can't they get a good and positive reaction, already. Full Review »