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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Generic video game-based movie has lots of action, violence.

Movie PG-13 2001 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Great Movie!!

The best movie ever, if your kids have seen Indiana jones (the latest one) then it should be fine, it has the same violence and actually less language then the latest Indiana Jones, just skip an unnecessary shower scene (I had to skip it with my 11 yr old) Otherwise as a parent of two, I think an 11 yr old can handle this. (When skipping the scene)
age 13+

Decent Fantasy Adventure

Indiana Jones woman-style

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (16 ):

More like a video game than a movie, Tomb Raider has some great action sequences and the ever-watchable Angelina Jolie. What it does not have is much of a plot, interesting characters, or a reason to care about the outcome. A clumsy salute to Raiders of the Lost Ark is only a reminder of how much better that movie is. At least when you're playing the game, you have points to keep you going. This movie sags whenever the action stops.

The action sequences are fine for the most part. Jolie has the kickboxing skills and the acting chops to deliver what people who go to this movie want to see, but the screenwriter and director let her down when it comes to the boringly generic bad guys and the missing-father motivation. Maybe it's too much to expect the people behind this kind of movie to attempt to create a real character or know very much about women, but even by those standards, this movie gets it so wrong that it interferes with our connection to Lara. She's so tough that she shrugs off the near destruction of her home, but she's willing to risk her life to save a man who has done nothing but betray her. She always looks a little relieved when she gets a chance to fight, and we feel the same.

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