Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
This sequel to the 2001 hit video-game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider finds Jan de Bont stepping in for director Simon West, helming his first feature since 1999's The Haunting. From a script by first-time scribe Dean Georgaris, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life finds Angelina Jolie once again portraying the titular curvaceous adventurer. But where the first film saw Croft in a race against the Illuminati to acquire an elusive relic that offers control over life and death, this entry in the series follows the heroine as she ventures to an underwater temple in search of the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

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"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."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"Scenery can't save this blindingly dull sequel."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Better than the first, but not by much."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Jan de Bont's direction is also disappointing, and while Angelina Jolie continues to be an eye catching female superhero, she will only do it for the most undemanding audiences this time."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"If you're a fan of hers you'll be able to find some enjoyment in this movie, but not as much as she seems to be having while making them."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The direction is so workmanlike, so dispassionately competent, that it seems De Bont may be as resigned to his career's downward plummet as those of us who admired his debut film, the thrilling Speed, are puzzled by it."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"It's all a confection, but the plot is tight, Jolie is hot, and I'll probably see the next one, too."
‑ Blake DePastino, Baltimore City Paper
"Jan De Bont seems to have lost the ability to intelligently direct an action scene."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It seems the refreshing originality that breathed life into the first film is still trying to catch its breath."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"The tepidly anticipated return of the videogame vixen belly-flopped on its US release, and it did so with a splat that could drown out several summer blockbusters' worth of car-crunch and detonations."
‑ , Time Out
"Jolie remains more magazine cover than actress (or movie star), and the franchise she supports is more Nintendo after-school time killer than rousing adventure cycle."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It's clunky, lifeless, murky, and worst of all incredibly boring."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Curiously fun-free, drab and ho-hum."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Better than its predecessor--and, yes, that's every bit the backhanded compliment it sounds like."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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