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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Steven Spielberg, a gifted filmmaker, should have reimagined the material, should have seen it through the eyes of someone looking at dinosaurs, rather than through the eyes of someone looking at a box-office sequel.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It's not just that we've been there before but also that Steven Spielberg and his associates simply haven't been able to imagine as many flat-out scary moments this time around.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Much of this movie seems like a retread of Jurassic Park (with a little King Kong thrown in at the end), not because director Steven Spielberg is intentionally copying himself, but because there's really not much more that he can do with the premise.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Nastier beasts and mean people in intense sequel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Lost World: Jurassic Park intends to thrill its audience with action-packed, scary, and suspenseful scenes. The film is not recommended for very young or sensitive kids. Dinosaurs, clearly motivated by a desire to protect their young and their environment, attack and often kill the humans whom they perceive as predators. Lengthy sequences of heroes in peril and animal brutality alternate with scenes that attempt to build character and relationships. Steven Spielberg shows some of the mayhem on camera (i.e., a heroic character is pulled apart by two dinos, then eaten); at other times, the director chooses to suggest the animals' savagery and plays it off camera (blood flows in water after a man is attacked). There are a few instances of mild swearing ("bastards," "s--t," "goddamn").

  • Families can talk about sequels. In horror movies, the body count is higher the next time around. Why is this movie so much more gruesome than Jurassic Park?
  • What do you think of the movie's violence? Is it necessary to the story? Why or why not?
  • Is this the kind of movie that will stand the test of time, or does it already seem dated?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Primarily promotes the notion that man's interference with the natural order of the universe leads to destruction. Represented by corporate types, it's clear that men who are greedy, power-seeking, and have a desire to reign supreme over the earth will not survive. It's far more desirable to be compassionate, respectful, and nurturing to all species.

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    Role models: The heroic characters (four men and one woman) are unfailingly courageous, smart, and diligent. They constantly put themselves at risk in order to save others. The female scientist (who is in danger almost continuously) rises to the occasion and proves as resourceful and brave as the others. Ethnic diversity is strong without comment. Bad guys fit the usual template of money-hungry corporate types who want to lay waste to the planet.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Plenty of thrills and animal savagery. The big game hunting and abuse of the dinosaurs is traumatic -- a baby dinosaur's leg is broken. Small dinosaurs (compies) swarm a little girl. Particularly gruesome scenes include: compies chewing at a villain's face before he is eventually killed; a raptor impaled on a spike; a severed hand hangs from a ship's wheel and an arm is seen holding a phone; a man is ripped in two by two T-Rexes. Dinosaurs chase, stomp, attack, and often eat their prey. Many long, suspenseful scenes in which the heroes, including a young girl, are in danger of being eaten, falling to their deaths, or crushed.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Infrequent swearing ("goddamn," "bastard," "s--t," "son of-a bitch.").

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    Consumerism: Nikon. Krackel candy bars, Chevron are identified.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Champagne is seen at a picnic on the beach; one character drinks from a flask and seems to become drunk. A hero smokes.