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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A surprise and a not-so-guilty pleasure.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Better than the first, but not by much.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that very graphic violence -- and lots of it. Characters are hurt and killed. There are a couple of bad words, and some passionate kisses and sexual references. Families might discuss the movie's video game origins and address Ms. Croft's physique and how boys and girls respond to it.

  • Families can talk about how Lara decides what is important to her. Is she a good role model? Why or why not?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense peril, sometimes graphic, characters killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Passionate kisses, mild sexual references. Very revealing clothing.

  • language false3

    Language: A couple of bad words.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Remember -- this is a big ad for the video game...

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue