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Land of the Lost Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

Kind of a routine expedition. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    32

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This dramatically, thematically and artistically bankrupt comic fantasy cost something in the neighborhood of $100 million to make and isn't worth the celluloid it's printed on.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Lame sketch comedy, an uninspired performance from Will Ferrell and an overall failure of the imagination turn Brad Silberling's Land of the Lost into a lethargic meander through a wilderness of misfiring gags.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Land of the Lost has stray amusing tidbits, but overall it leaves you feeling splattered.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's hard to know just who the intended audience is: The movie is too surreal and bawdy for young kids and too silly for anyone older than 25.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I guess you have to be in the mood for a goofball picture like this. I guess I was.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Ferrell's reboot of '70s show is rife with gross-out laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-screen version of the cult-classic 1970s TV show has lots of vulgar language, as well as an extended sequence in which some of the main characters are clearly stoned on a natural narcotic/hallucinogenic substance. There's also a high degree of body-function humor: At one point, a character douses himself in dinosaur urine to mask his scent, an egg is removed from a huge pile of dinosaur feces, and a character is swallowed whole and later excreted by a dinosaur.

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of '70s TV shows coming to the big screen. Does this represent the fact that these shows have wormed their way into the public consciousness because they were worthwhile -- or is it just about making money?

  • Families can also talk about Will Ferrell -- what do all of his characters seem to have in common? What's behind his comedic appeal?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There's a hint of a lesson about standing by your friends and your beliefs, but it's mostly drowned out by slapstick and jokes. There's a high degree of body-function humor: Acharacter douses himself in dinosaur urine to mask his scent, an egg isremoved from a huge pile of dinosaur feces, a character is swallowedwhole and excreted by a dinosaur, etc. Discussion of enjoying show tunes being considered "a bit gay."

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Ferrell's character is an arrogant airhead, but he's not to be taken very seriously. Holly stands up for him when no one believes his theories.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A man is torn to bits by hungry dinosaurs, and viewers see his severed limbs. Mostly comedic violence involving lizard-men or dinosaurs; some peril, but mostly limited to comedic rampages of destruction and mild scuffling. Some blood as part of a gag involving an exotic blood-sucking insect.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some kissing; mild lascivious language (for example, a river guide says to a young woman "You may get wet" as a fairly obvious double-entendre). Scantily clad women, as well as underwear-clad men, but the latter is primarily for comedic effect. A touchy-feely hominid primitive puts his hand on the breast of a young woman; a slightly more evolved human emulates that behavior.

  • language false4

    Language: Extensive (yet genial) profane and rude language, including (but not limited to) "goddammit," "boobs," "damn," "bitchslap," "gay," "ass-ton," "pissed," "oh my God," "bastard," "s--tty," "p---y," a barely vocalized non-sexual use of t"f--k," "dong," "asshole," "crapballs," "dick," "Jesus," "tap that ass," "son-of-a-bitch," and many more.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Extensive mention of brands and TV shows, including Amazon, Cialis, M&Ms, Arby's, Popeye's Chicken, Subway, Florsheim, iPod, Sandals resorts, A Chorus Line, Iron Chef, the Latin Grammys, The Today Show (including a cameo by host Matt Lauer), Mama's Family, and many more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A pipe is displayed but not smoked; characters drink beer and wine. Characters also appear high from the effects of the nectar of an exotic plant. A character says of a tropical jungle "I bet there's weed in there."

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