Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

  • Review Date: November 17, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003

Common Sense Media says

Better than the first, but not by much.
  • Review Date: November 17, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003





What parents need to know


Intense peril, sometimes graphic, characters killed.


Passionate kisses, mild sexual references. Very revealing clothing.


A couple of bad words.


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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Angelina Jolie plays Lady Lara Croft, archeologist/adventurer. Off the coast of San Torini, she discovers an ancient sunken library. Just as she reaches for a glowing yellow orb, the bad guys arrive. The orb is a map to Pandora's Box. This Pandora's Box contains virulent biological agents that will unleash a plague on the world. Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds), a former Nobel Prize winner turned international dealer in biological weapons, wants what's in the box and Lara, at the request of the Queen, wants to stop him.

Is it any good?


LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE has a better plot, better characters, and better acting than the first movie, but let's be honest about it -- no one is going to see this movie for the plot, characters, and acting. The audience for this movie wants to see the movie version of the popular computer game, with Angelina Jolie in very tight clothes decking, kicking, and shooting as many bad guys as possible. All of that is there, and the distractions of plot, character, and acting barely get in the way.

Director Jan de Bont ("Twister," "Speed") knows how to stage action, and there are some genuine thrills, especially when Lara and Terry don flying suits that have them soaring through the air like Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Jolie is always fun to watch. But the computer-game origins of the movie are replicated in the staged level-style series of action sequences, and that removes any narrative momentum.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 25, 2003
DVD release date:November 18, 2003
Cast:Angelina Jolie, Djimon Hounsou, Gerard Butler
Director:Jan De Bont
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence and some sensuality

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Adult Written byTheShaman April 9, 2008

Fun movie, but I wouldn't let my 2 yr old watch it

Lara Croft Tomb Raider is a great alternative to Raiders of the Lost Ark trilogy.
Angelina Jolie as a super sexy treasure hunter with Tons of action!
Great Guy Flick.

Kid, 11 years old Written byironkid21 August 10, 2010

Better than the first tomb raider

I liked the first tomb raider but this was better. The action was great and Angelina Jolie was awesome. The only things you should be worried about is the violence and one kissing scene. 9+

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byiheartchocolate198 April 27, 2009


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