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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    80
    There was no way, no matter how much Spielberg flounce was imbued in this sprightly sequel, that it was going to be as good as the original. It isn't. By a long shot. But even two thirds of the way toward Jurassic Park is about a third better than your average buster of blocks.
  2. 75
    Much of this movie seems like a retread of Jurassic Park (with a little King Kong thrown in at the end), not because director Steven Spielberg is intentionally copying himself, but because there's really not much more that he can do with the premise.
  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.
  4. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    60
    David Koepp's script, from the Michael Crichton novel, is schematic and largely predictable. There's an obvious threat and not too many ways to quell it. Underneath the technical virtuosity is a standard chase film, and director Steven Spielberg does little to elevate it dramatically.
  5. 60
    Although the digital dinos look great, especially the clumsy stegosaurs, Spielberg and screenwriter David Koepp have failed to absorb the single most important lesson from the movies they've looted: If your people aren't interesting, at least make your monsters memorable.
  6. Steven Spielberg's blockbuster whips up superficial sorts of excitement, and unlike the original "Jurassic Park," the picture looks tacky around the edges.
  7. 40
    Among the movie's many flaws are lackluster cinematography and leaden sound design. The Lost World also includes irritating little missteps in the plot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Feb 9, 2015
    10
    When I watched my favourite film of all time, Jurassic Park, I was amazed and bewildered that a film could be so perfect and the sequel wasWhen I watched my favourite film of all time, Jurassic Park, I was amazed and bewildered that a film could be so perfect and the sequel was just as good, from the plot, characters and of course...the star attraction, the dinosaurs! Expand
  2. GregA.
    Apr 18, 2007
    10
    This is my favorite movie about dinosaurs along with the first Jurassic Park. I saw this when I was a kid, and I loved it. Sure it lacks the This is my favorite movie about dinosaurs along with the first Jurassic Park. I saw this when I was a kid, and I loved it. Sure it lacks the awe of the first movie, but like the novel, this movie is more action themed. The action scenes themselves are very well done. My favorites are the trailer scene, and the raptor attack. Even the rampage scene in San Diego is fun to watch. The musical score for this film really fits with the whole feel of the movie. Aside from the big differences from the novel, I see no reason to complain about this film. If it's watched on its own, this movie is a very enjoyable action flick, and one of the most exciting dinosaur movies (Overall, I still think the first Jurassic Park is the greatest dinosaur movie of all time). As for the dinosaurs, this is the best in the series. It has T-rexes, Raptors, and even plant eating dinosaurs attacking the people. The other two movies don't have the herbivores attack the people (The third movie only has one scene with herbivores!). Not to mention that the special effects in this movie are the best in the series. If you like action and LOVE DINOSAURS, you will enjoy this movie. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    With a darker tone and no shortage of fast-paced action thrills, Spielberg's 1997 follow-up to his original dino-classic manages to be a anWith a darker tone and no shortage of fast-paced action thrills, Spielberg's 1997 follow-up to his original dino-classic manages to be a an underrated gem that is very much worth checking out for action junkies. Expand
  4. MulroneycakesaurusRex
    Jan 26, 2006
    7
    "It's dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. But it has DINOSAURS, and that's the bottom line." Amen to that. It's a lot better "It's dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. But it has DINOSAURS, and that's the bottom line." Amen to that. It's a lot better than most sequels for being directed by Steven - but that still boggles my mind: why on earth is Steven directing a studio sequel to Jurassic Park? He's Steven Freaking Spielberg, he has better things to do! Give it to Frank Marshall or something. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2015
    7
    I do feel this movie got slammed way too hard by critics. It obviously isn't anywhere near as good as the first movie, BUT, it is still veryI do feel this movie got slammed way too hard by critics. It obviously isn't anywhere near as good as the first movie, BUT, it is still very entertaining.

    I will say that what they lost in writing, they made up in effects. Even the CG holds ( unlike the first movie.) Sure, allot is rehashed from the first film, but it does seem this time they were trying expand on the original ideas. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.

    While the acting and dialogue are nothing to write home about, it isn't as forced and melodramatic as in the first movie,an arguable improvement.

    Overall:
    The Lost World may not be the classic that Jurassic Park is, it still is highly entertaining and I enjoyed it.
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  6. Jan 5, 2013
    7
    Still thrilling. While it is definitely scarier and has the same and more realistic-looking dinosaurs, it is not nearly as magical as theStill 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. Expand
  7. Jan 13, 2013
    3
    By far the worst film directed by this awesome director. Basically Spielberg thinks he can pull a Michael Bay and have a repeated madness ofBy 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

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