Directed by Roar Uthaug and starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Tomb Raider is an action adventure film based on the popular gaming series of the same name. The movie – released in 2018 – was conceived as a reboot of the popular franchise, rather than a sequel to the Angelina Jolie films.

But is Tomb Raider 2018 any good?

In this post, I am taking a look at a collection of review snippets, taken from old reviews. These reviews were posted when the film was originally in cinemas during 2018, and reflect the thoughts and opinions of critics at this time.

If you have still not watched Tomb Raider yet, check out these snippets to see if this movie is for you.

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Tomb Raider movie review round-up

Image: ©MGM/Warner Bros. Pictures

Here is what the critics said about Tomb Raider back in 2018:

  • Susana Polo of Polygon, said: “After years of attempts, no one expects a video game movie to be high cinema. But if Tomb Raider wasn’t going to be great, I had at least held out hope that it would be entertaining. The allowance I was determined to give it was, unfortunately, not quite returned, and I left the theater wondering how soon I could rewatch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
  • Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian awarded Tomb Raider two stars (out of five), calling Lara Croft “a badass bore”. He said: “The rebooted action heroine channels the spirit of Indiana Jones – and creepy daddy issues – in a dull, derivative romp.”
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  • John Nugent of Empire also awarded Tomb Raider two stars (out of five) and said: “It’s a different kind of Tomb Raider, certainly. But for an adventure film, it’s disconcertingly dull.”
  • A two-star review also came from Rosie Fletcher of Digital Spy, who said: “At just under two hours Tomb Raider isn’t long for a blockbuster but the clunky, exposition-heavy dialogue, flimsy characterisation and lack of any real peril means even this modest run time drags. Fans of the rebooted game might get a kick out of the gritty style, visceral action and Vikander’s physical performance but as for breaking the curse of the video-game movie – that’s one code that still hasn’t been cracked.”
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  • Scott Mendelson of Forbes, was a bit more complementary, offering praise for the lead star. He said: “Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft deserves a better movie. The good news is that the Oscar-winning actress offers an entertaining and occasionally devilish take on the famed video game heroine, on variation that can stand side-by-side with Jolie’s two attempts.” However, he added: “The bad news is that the film is explicitly in “don’t screw it up” mode, going through the motions and offering somewhat generic action heroics and run-of-the-mill perils.”
  • And finally, Richard Trenholm of CNET, said: “This latest crack at “Tomb Raider” sags with an overstretched first hour, tacked-on action scenes and lackadaisical piracy from better movies. If they do make a sequel, it really needs to level up.”
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So, there we are – based on the reviews, it didn’t look good for Tomb Raider, did it? But were the critics correct?

Personally, I quite liked Tomb Raider. I admit it had pacing issues, but it certainly wasn’t a bad movie.

Would I recommend it?

I would recommend it… so long as you don’t expect the most amazing film, you will certainly find some enjoyment.

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