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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Thriller . Action . Fantasy . Adventure

English aristocrat Lara Croft is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic.

Actors: Jon Voight , Angelina Jolie , Leslie Phillips , Julian Rhind-Tutt , Chris Barrie , Richard Johnson , Daniel Craig , Noah Taylor , Iain Glen , Robert Phillips
Directors: Simon West
Release: 2001-06-15
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  • Roger Ebert

    So monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    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?

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    If only the story that surrounds this watchable heroine were as well-stacked.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    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?

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    It's all about action and ogling -- Jolie's boobs, butt and thighs get so much screen time they deserve their own credits.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    This is just cut-rate, generic daughter of Indy Jones hokum.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Paul Malcolm

    Ultimately, Jolie's efforts to establish a character are dashed against the film's increasingly inane dialogue.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    Couldn’t have arrived at a better time: movies have been so bad lately that audiences are positively starving for something mediocre.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    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.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • 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. Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    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. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    A staggeringly bad picture: a shallow, cliche-ridden mess that keeps blowing up on screen.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Since the expensive new movie version of the popular video game, Tomb Raider, is very true to its origins, it's a colossal bore.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It is the perfect modern product: loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The game is great fun -- the movie ought to be taken out back and shot.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    As cumbersome as most films in this subgenre, Angelina Jolie makes it watchable.

    Boston Globe Full Review
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