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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Thriller . Fantasy . Adventure . Action

Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss, an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon.

Actors: Noah Taylor , Gerard Butler , Angelina Jolie , Chris Barrie , Ciarán Hinds , Ronan Vibert , Robert Cavanah , Fabiano Martell , Daniel Caltagirone , Simon Yam , Til Schweiger , Djimon Hounsou
Directors: Jan de Bont
Release: 2003-07-25
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  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Somewhat fleeter and more engaging than its predecessor.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Angelina Jolie focuses her wild energy into outlandish heroics, and emerges with more attractiveness and credibility than all three of those silly Charlie's Angels combined.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    However caricatured a vision of female empowerment, Lara Croft exercises an irresistible tug not just on the adolescent male imagination but the 12-year-old female imagination as well.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Jolie is even hotter, faster and more commanding than last time around as the fearless heiress/adventuress, plus a little more human. The less welcome news is that most of the same shortcomings that cramped the first installment are still dogging the sequel, which delivers on action but dawdles through downtime.

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all, though every time she opened her mouth I expected Mick Jagger to come dancing down her tongue.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Croft is one humorless butt-kicker. Excavations in exotic lands have rarely looked so much like items on a to-do list.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Even sex can't save a film that produces instant narcolepsy.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    Superior to 2001's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in almost every way. It's better directed, more consistently acted, and its writing, while at times ridiculous, at least has a modicum of logic at its core. I still had to slap myself to stay awake.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    Its faults -- banal dialogue, ludicrous and uninspired plotting, dull but vicious fight scenes -- make you realize just how much the summer action movie has declined in the last few years.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A creditable genre entry, the rare action movie with a discernible story, an assured pace and a charismatic central character. It falls apart in the end.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Even though the special effects and action sequences are good, the monsters conjured up are rather humdrum.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Laine Ewen

    If only the love story were a little more convincing, she might have saved the world and the movie.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    Isn't nearly as much fun as the original. For one thing, Lara having a boyfriend wrecks everything.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Simply a series of set pieces designed to insure Angelina Jolie's status as action-babe pin-up.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • 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.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Bombastic it may be, but it’s rarely boring, as was the first Tomb Raider. Keep your expectations in line with the source material and you may be pleasantly surprised.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The movie is all action. But there's no pacing, no suspense and no vulnerability for the protagonist so it all soon gets numbingly tiresome.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is a highly enjoyable summer thrill ride with an action heroine who likes to be on top, literally and figuratively. Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    Emerges as just one more formulaic action film as the title character bounces around the globe in a deadly treasure hunt.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    It’s not half bad, with cool locations and a great stunt leap from the top of a Hong Kong high-rise.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    Quite simply, the "Tomb Raider" series has been flat-out boring, even with the talented and fun Jolie -- who needs to take off those harnesses and get back to real movies. She deserves better.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    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.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Beneath its satisfactory chops this movie -- like Ms. Croft herself -- is stuffy and soulless.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Competent in the extreme, the talented Jolie would make a great Jane Bond. But mired in this joyless orgy of preposterousness, her biggest challenge is simply keeping a straight face.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    If ever there was a movie fit for permanent entombment, it's this sequel.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    In a summer of surprisingly self-serious comic book movies" Lara Croft "stands out as being particularly humorless.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Another joyless, brain-numbing adventure through lackluster Indiana Jones territory.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Cradle of lifelessness.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The worst action movie of the summer. I liked Bad Boys II a little less, but making the comparison is like distinguishing between a cow turd and a horse turd. And that pretty much sums it up nicely.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    It wouldn't be fair to gripe about the hundreds of plot holes; the whole thing is hole.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    A surprise and a not-so-guilty pleasure.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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