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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Taglines: Heiress to a fortune...

Director: Simon West

Writers: Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Simon West, ...

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, ...

A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she ...

75 | Roger Ebert

So monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

70 | 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.
Read More: Washington Post

70 | 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.
Read More: Slate


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

60 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.
Read More: Chicago Reader

50 | 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?
Read More: Charlotte Observer

50 | Paul Malcolm

Ultimately, Jolie's efforts to establish a character are dashed against the film's increasingly inane dialogue.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

50 | Owen Gleiberman

This is just cut-rate, generic daughter of Indy Jones hokum.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

50 | Jeff Giles

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

50 | 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.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

50 | Susan Wloszczyna

If only the story that surrounds this watchable heroine were as well-stacked.
Read More: USA Today

50 | 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?
Read More: New York Daily News

42 | 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.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

40 | 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.
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30 | 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.
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30 | 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.
Read More: The New York Times

30 | 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.
Read More: Rolling Stone

30 | 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.
Read More: Variety

25 | 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.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

25 | Michael Wilmington

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

25 | 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.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

20 | Michael Atkinson

So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.
Read More: Village Voice

20 | 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."
Read More: Los Angeles Times

10 | 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.
Read More: Washington Post

0 | Marc Savlov

The game is great fun -- the movie ought to be taken out back and shot.
Read More: Austin Chronicle