BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Entertainment: Reviews
Front Page 
UK Politics 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Monday, 9 July, 2001, 19:30 GMT 20:30 UK
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Press views
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider fails to impress the critics
Press reviews of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The Times

It isn't rocket science, it isn't even Indiana Jones (the special effects are ploddingly routine) but it all works, after a fashion. Fashion being the operative word, if Lara's extremely tight tops have anything to do with it.

The Independent

The special effects, incidentally, are barely different from those we saw a few weeks ago in The Mummy Returns, and given how quickly the technology advances I wouldn't be surprised if its target audience of 12-15 year-olds find the show just a bit passť. As for the non-Raider audience, you might just prefer the tomb.

The Guardian

Lara Croft has no heart: as a piece of story-telling it's absolutely blank, incoherent and insultingly perfunctory as it flits from England to the temples of Cambodia and the wastes of Siberia: and it has the expensive bad taste of the interior decorating encountered in Hello! and OK! magazines.

The Daily Telegraph

The screen version of Lara is played by Angelina Jolie and it is the most perfect piece of casting since Marilyn Monroe came shaking her maracas in There's No Business Like Show Business. Unfortunately, though, that is where the good news ends: Jolie has the lips but she doesn't have the lines, and Tomb Raider very soon establishes itself as a gigantically damp narrative, a movie as slick as it is shallow.

The Sunday Times

When the film isn't evoking the spirit of Bond, it shamelessly steals from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only has it no visual style of its own, but the fight scenes and big set pieces seem stale, and you never get that pleasurable payback moment. In Lara Croft we have a female action hero who kicks a lot of butt, but consistently misses the easy target of providing a little bit of entertainment.

London Evening Standard

The only aspect of Tomb Raider with any eye-boggling claim is the access the film-makers got to the ruins of Angkor Wat: expect this location to re-appear in some future Lara Croft video, which at least will give guys back their power to manipulate women with relative safety by means of a keypad. Such guys will feel left out of Tomb Raider.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Reviews stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Reviews stories