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  1. Oct 3, 2011
    The highest praise I can give The Lost World: Jurassic Park is that it's by no means the worst sequel I've ever seen (that honour goes to Aliens vs. Predator Requiem). It's got some nice effects and set pieces, and for the most part it's a story you actually care about. The film suffers from the same problem that the first did - an extreme lack of characterisation, but all actors are competent. The only standout performance comes from Pete Postlethwaite, who plays an unexpectedly rounded and well developed secondary antagonist. The stand out scene in The Lost World is a tense chase scene where the characters attempt to avoid stealthy raptors hiding in tall grass. All that is good in the Lost World however (and it must be said, it is an entertaining ride) is nearly ruined by the last half hour of the film. It is at this point that Spielberg thought it would be a good idea to subject his audience to a truly chronic scene in San Diego full of plot holes and unintentionally hilarious moments. The Lost World starts promisingly enough, but I'd strongly advise you to turn off the film before the final act, before your patience for extreme silliness wears out. Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2010
    Not as good as the first one but does offer more dinosaurs, more action and some truly great moments. Still a brilliant film, but a few parts lessen the experience...
  3. Oct 7, 2010
    This and the original are some of my favorite movies ever! It truly is much better than some sequels. In fact, for Spielberg, I liked this more than the Indiana Jones sequels.
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    it wasn't as good as the original which kicked major a**, but to be fair, its a perfect sequel and I don't think its the worst movie ever made.

    Rating: 7/10
  5. Mar 26, 2011
    While it's no where near as good as the first it is still a good movie, the story is interesting but it would have been nice if they added more dinosaurs, if you like dinosaurs and the first movie you'll like this.
  6. Sep 20, 2011
    Much like the original The Lost World has to work with a incomplete script and therefore suffers some terrible characters because of it but with this instalment the tension is ratcheted up, as well as the fun factor making set pieces including a camper van and a cliff side being incredibly tense. The addition of Julianne Moore could have added something to the film if it wasn't bogged down by the script and the film is 30 minutes too long with the scenes in San Diego being downright ludicrous. Overall the film improves upon the first in making it much more tense and in some instances terrifying but with that ending and the script to boot, it doesn't cut it as a serious monster film. Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2014
    The zest and excitement of the first film simply is no longer present. Julianne Moore is certainly a nice addition, but not enough to make up for the disappointments.
  8. Sep 2, 2012
    A very good movie but most certainly not on the same level as the first Jurassic Park. The movie didn't carry that shock and awe factor but the action and visuals were high quality.
  9. Jun 24, 2013
    Good quality entertainment. Could have been more original but it is fun watching dinosaurs destroy things and eat people. It filled with thrilling moments of great scope and size.
  10. Mar 8, 2014
    It's darker and scarier than its predecessor, but it's not as good. We have some nice visuals and action sequences, but the story here, does not meet the previous film's standards.
  11. Jul 13, 2012
    It's nowhere near as good as the original, but The Lost World recaptures the same thrills and realistic-looking dinosaurs as the first one did. The one drawback is that the characters aren't very interesting.
  12. Jan 5, 2013
    Still thrilling. While it is definitely scarier and has the same and more realistic-looking dinosaurs, it is not nearly as magical as the first and a lot sillier.
  13. Jan 13, 2013
    By far the worst film directed by this awesome director. Basically Spielberg thinks he can pull a Michael Bay and have a repeated madness of action packed events that are sustained and useless. This is the film. Momma Rex gets mad chases them for more then half the movie then is taken to San Diego where she kills people including the bad guy and is sent home. The end. I'm sorry Spielberg but you sucked big time. Expand
  14. Mar 29, 2013
    The plot was good enough because Michael Crichton already laid it out on paper (which no one seems to care about, sadly) to help a bit. However, somewhere along the line, someone decided to make nearly everyone on the islands idiots for a little bit. You know, the scene where they bring a baby T-Rex into their super high-tech trailer that's crying for it's parents. Good idea. All of this kills the human element of Jurassic Park, which is important because you can relate to the fact that they're stranded on an island with a bunch of dinosaurs! They should have at least killed off everyone who didn't know what they were doing, not the biologist guy who knew his stuff but a snake scared him so much he lost his life. Instead we get gymnastic scenes where a young girl kicks an adult velociraptor into a pit of spikes and the scene where the estranged wife of a mathematician runs towards a flock of stegosauri. But hey, that's ~action~ for you. I was going to give it 5, but I like dinosaurs too much. Expand
  15. Jul 18, 2013
    While not nearly as good as the first film, this film still triumphs in the thrills, scares, visuals, direction, music and acting- just as the first film did. The film is another triumph for Spielberg, even if it is not as good as the first film.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Where the original film was a cut-and-dried Pop-Art-flavored allegory pitting scientific hubris against the unpredictable, ungovernable forces of nature, the sequel is an all-stops-pulled, edge-of-your-seat adventure film whose messages are not so neatly packaged.
  2. The story (adapted by Spielberg and David Koepp from Michael Chrichton's "Lost World") isn't much better than "Jurassic Park." And the predictability factor is high.
  3. For the first half-hour, the movie is pretty crummy. Even Spielberg appears bored with the script's lame setup, its quick evocation of the first movie and its wan establishment of human villains and heroes. Like any 50-year-old adolescent, he can't wait for the dinosaurs. And when he gets to them, the movie ceases to bear any relationship to conceits of narrative and becomes a sheer adrenalin spike to the brain stem.