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Parents' Guide to

Tomb Raider

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Noisy, violent reboot feels like a wasted opportunity.

Movie PG-13 2018 118 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 10+

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, when me and my son went to the theaters to go watch this movie I was not to sure if I would be okay with this movie because it looked quite intense and was very hopeful that it did not have spirits like the old Indiana Jones movies, (which I only allowed him to watch the latest one which was still quite intense). So I said to him that whatever I say if the movie gets to violent then James (My son) must go to his mother otherwise it will be a waste of a ticket. Fortunately there was not that much graphic violence most of it was clean except 1 scene that if we were home watching it I would have wanted to skip, one of them was when lara and the antagonist crew were in the tomb trying to solve the puzzle when one of the crew touches a skeleton and then his hand starts turning black and then it goes all around his body and it kinda looks like he is an alien then he screams and falls to the ground and well... dies, the scene I explained to you is what I think what made this expert review 14+. If you skip that scene then I would think an mature 10 yr old or 11 yr old could watch this (If you skip that scene). The thing that I disagree with common sense media review is that they say she knocks out people with no remorse, I completely disagree due to the fact the the protagonist literally crys on screen for an minute! Language is not an problem just a few uses of the s word and some uses of g-d. Short summary: Thankfully the sexual and violence was toned down in this movie unlike its predecessors, ( limited to shooting arrows and then the camera instantly switches to the protagonist). Overall I think that an mature 10 yr old or 11 yr old can watch this with ease, (Provided that you skip that scene) Thanks for listening to my review!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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age 13+

A Decent Adventure starring a Great Central Female Hero

The new Tomb Raider is a pretty good movie, and one that is all-to-often regarded as one of the more boring movies of recent years, so I'm here to defend it. It's nothing special, but for action-loving girls (especially teenage girls), I think this is both entertaining and empowering. What makes this especially true is the fact that Lara Croft herself is a fully fleshed-out character with more than enough strength to be aspiring but also enough nuance to work as a human. She's not sneering or arrogant and invincible; she's just someone who is smart enough to figure things out and strong enough to survive that which would kill most others. This is helped by Vikander's performance which is both strong and sympathetic in real ways. The movie definitely has problems of its own, the biggest one being that the pacing is unintentionally slow - Luckily, in this age of home media, this movie can be watched in chunks; that's how I watched it, and I was never bored. It also features some genuinely good production design, and the twist in the third act of the story was one I didn't see coming. If there is one thing that is truly lacking, it's that Daniel Wu's character isn't featured nearly enough; Daniel Wu is an excellent talent, and his character was shaping up to be one of the few strong Asian characters in recent memory (of movies not imported that is), but he soon becomes relegated to a side character who appears from time to time. But all in all the movie is good. Lara is a great female central character by balancing strength and endearing humanity, and as an adventure movie it is competent. The final twist does involve some creepy, almost gory stuff, but beyond that, the movie is action-packed without being too violent, so I'd recommend it for young teenagers and above.

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Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
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It would be great to finally see a good Lara Croft movie, but -- despite an appealing new star -- this Tomb Raider reboot repeats the last two movies' problems. And it even adds some new ones. Based on the hit video game series, all three of the Tomb Raider movies (including this one, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), are loud and relentless, with the action more like a thick bludgeon than a thing of swiftness or beauty. Scenes that are supposed to be exciting are more like an avalanche of noise and effects, with very little room to breathe. Most of all, Tomb Raider forgets to be fun.

Perhaps even worse, while the first two movies lacked character development, the new film -- based loosely on the 2013 game -- has too much, so much that Lara's personality is buried. Her every motivation seems to be due to her father or other, mostly male, characters. And she's not even as cocky or confident as Angelina Jolie was; she spends most of the movie screaming, crying in pain, or running away. There are precious few moments in which she stands up for herself or makes a choice for herself. Even finding the treasure isn't her idea. It's a shame that a franchise that was originally inspired by Indiana Jones -- and could have given us a great female action hero -- seems to have forgotten all the cool things that make adventuring worthwhile.

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