Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderThe film depicts one woman's fearless quest criss-crossing the globe, in an amazing attempt to save the world by trying to obtain ancient artifacts from the enemy, the Illuminati.
Critic Reviews of "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
Chicago ReaderApril 12, 2010
[A] movie based on a video game that's unafraid to look absurd but lacks the self-conviction needed to come off as camp.
Time OutFebruary 09, 2006
A jerky, fragmented tale that jumps from one exotic location to the next without any explanation or flow.
Washington PostJune 25, 2001
Loud, banal, empty, frenzied, plasticized, flavorless, drab, violent in a bloodless way and sexy in a sexless way.
Rolling StoneJune 22, 2001
In the department of numbing ineptitude, the pacing runs a neck-and-neck race with the dialogue.
Village VoiceJune 22, 2001
So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.
Hollywood ReporterJune 21, 2001
There is more tension in Jolie's T-shirts than in the dramatic action.
Más GamersOctober 31, 2016
Jolie's screen presence is so magnetic, and the aesthetics of the film is so true to the games that it is almost impossible not to get carried away by it. [Full review in Spanish]
ChrisStuckmann.comFebruary 03, 2016
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is incredibly silly. So silly in fact, that you just have to respect it.
Common Sense MediaDecember 29, 2010
Some great action sequences, but not much else.
Observer (UK)April 12, 2010
So inferior as art and entertainment.
Cinema CrazedApril 29, 2009
How do you have a pitch perfect actress play the role and then offer no rewards for fans that have been waiting for this for years?
eFilmCritic.comSeptember 24, 2007
Even by video-game-movie standards, this is an arrogantly, almost smugly empty and incoherent mess.
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Angelina JolieBirth date: 4 June 1975, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She often appears on many "most beautiful women" lists, and she has a personal life that is avidly covered by the tabloid press.Jolie was born Angelina Jolie Voight in Los Angeles, California. In her earliest years, Angelina began absorbing the acting craft from her actor parents, Jon Voight, an Oscar-winner, and Marcheline Bertrand, who had studied with Lee Strasberg. Her good looks may derive from her ancestry, which is German and Slovak on her father's side, and French-Canadian, Dutch, Polish, and remote Huron, on her mother's side. At age eleven, Angelina began studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she was seen in several stage productions. She undertook some film studies at New York University and later joined the renowned Met Theatre Group in Los Angeles. At age 16, she took up a career in modeling and appeared in some music videos.In the mid-1990s, Jolie appeared in various small films where she got good notices, including Hackers (1995) and Foxfire (1996). Her critical acclaim increased when she played strong roles in the made-for-TV movies True Women (1997), and in George Wallace (1997) which won her a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. Jolie's acclaim increased even further when she played the lead role in the HBO production Gia (1998). This was the true life story of supermodel Gia Carangi, a sensitive wild child who was both brazen and needy and who had a difficult time handling professional success and the deaths of people who were close to her. Carangi became involved with drugs and because of her needle-using habits she became, at the tender age of 26, one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS. Jolie's performance in Gia (1998) again garnered a Golden Globe Award and another Emmy nomination, and she additionally earned a SAG Award.Angelina got a major break in 1999 when she won a leading role in the successful feature The Bone Collector (1999), starring alongside Denzel Washington. In that same year, Jolie gave a tour de force performance in Girl, Interrupted (1999) playing opposite Winona Ryder. The movie was a true story of women who spent time in a psychiatric hospital. Jolie's role was reminiscent of Jack Nicholson's character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), the role which won Nicholson his first Oscar. Unlike "Cuckoo", "Girl" was a small film that received mixed reviews and barely made money at the box office. But when it came time to give out awards, Jolie won the triple crown -- "Girl" propelled her to win the Golden Globe Award, the SAG Award and the Academy Award for best leading actress in a supporting role.With her new-found prominence, Jolie began to get in-depth attention from the press. Numerous aspects of her controversial personal life became news. At her wedding to her Hackers (1995) co-star Jonny Lee Miller, she had displayed her husband's name on the back of her shirt painted in her own blood. Jolie and Miller divorced, and in 2000, she married her Pushing Tin (1999) co-star Billy Bob Thornton. Jolie had become the fifth wife of a man twenty years her senior. During her marriage to Thornton, the spouses each wore a vial of the other's blood around their necks. That marriage came apart in 2002 and ended in divorce. In addition, Jolie was estranged from her famous father, Jon Voight.In 2000, Jolie was asked to star in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). At first, she expressed disinterest, but then decided that the required training for the athletic role was intriguing. The Croft character was drawn from a popular video game. Lara Croft was a female cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond. When the film was released, critics were unimpressed with the final product, but critical acclaim wasn't the point of the movie. The public paid $275 million for theater tickets to see a buffed up Jolie portray the adventuresome Lara Croft. Jolie's father Jon Voight appeared in "Croft", and during filming there was a brief rapprochement between father and daughter.One of the Croft movie's filming locations was Cambodia. While there, Jolie witnessed the natural beauty, culture and poverty of that country. She considered this an eye opening experience, and so began the humanitarian chapter of her life. Jolie began visiting refugee camps around the world and came to be formally appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Some of her experiences were written and published in her popular book "Notes from My Travels" whose profits go to UNHCR.Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. She devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity. In 2002, Angelina adopted a Cambodian refugee boy named Maddox, and in 2005, adopted an Ethiopian refugee girl named Zahara. Jolie's dramatic feature film Beyond Borders (2003) parallels some of her real life humanitarian experiences although, despite the inclusion of a romance between two westerners, many of the movie's images were too depressingly realistic -- the film was not popular among critics or at the box office.In 2004, Jolie began filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) with co-star Brad Pitt. The film became a major box office success. There were rumors that Pitt and Jolie had an affair while filming "Smith". Jolie insisted that because her mother had been hurt by adultery, she herself could never participate in an affair with a married man, therefore there had been no affair with Pitt at that time. Nonetheless, Pitt separated from his wife Jennifer Aniston in January 2005 and, in the months that followed, he was frequently seen in public with Jolie, apparently as a couple. Pitt's divorce was finalized later in 2005.Jolie and Pitt announced in early 2006 that they would have a child together, and Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh that May. They also adopted a three-year-old Vietnamese boy named Pax. The couple, who married in 2014, continue to pursue movie and humanitarian projects, and now have a total of six children.
Jon VoightBirth date: 29 December 1938, Yonkers, New York, USADescription: Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Mission: Impossible (1996), Heat (1995) and Transformers (2007). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.
Iain GlenBirth date: 24 June 1961, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKDescription: Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, he was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of the Bancroft Gold Medal. He has appeared onstage as "Macbeth" (Tron Theatre), "Henry V" (Royal Shakespeare Company), starred in "Martin Guerre" and in "The Blue Room" with Nicole Kidman. He also received much acclaim for his role in "Silent Scream". He and his wife, Susannah Harker (House of Cards (1990), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Ultraviolet (1998)) have a son, Finlay.
Noah TaylorBirth date: 4 September 1969, London, England, UKDescription: Noah George Taylor, the elder of two boys, was born in 1969 in London, England, to Maggie (Miller), a journalist and book editor, and Paul Taylor, a copywriter and journalist. His family lived in both England and New Zealand before returning to his parents' native Australia in 1974. His parents divorced when he was a teenager and his father remarried--to theater publicist, Suzie Howie. Noah left home at age 16 before graduating from University High School in Melbourne when he fell into acting. He decided to pursue his craft at St. Martin's Youth Theater. Despite his intense studies, the remote, slim-framed actor did not make his professional theater debut until March 1997 with Chekhov's "The Seagull."His work at St. Martin's led to an auspicious debut playing the painfully shy and sensitive teen Danny Embling in the coming-of-age film The Year My Voice Broke (1987). This affecting performance lost none of its heart-tugging appeal when the sequel Flirting (1991) came out four years later. Noah won awards for both films. Unconventionally typecast as the gawky, gloomy-eyed, somewhat manic depressive, directors started lining up to use the young actor. It all culminated in what is arguably the best known performance of his career--as the young, tortured genius, pianist David Helfgott, in Shine (1996). Working in tandem with Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, who played Helfgott as an older adult, Noah's scenes with Armin Mueller-Stahl, who played the pianist's egregiously abusive father, were incredibly powerful and helped him to win the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival awards. The variety of Noah's performances have been stunning over the years. He played a young Adolf Hitler in the drama Max (2002), a "what-if" spin on Hitler growing up as an angry tortured artist instead of a Fascist dictator following World War I. He played the darkly humorous protagonist in He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001) and the titular Jewish outcast in Simon Magus (1999).Music, songwriting and art have been other strong passions for Noah. In 1994 he became part of a band called "The Honky Tonk Angels. A singer-guitarist, included in this band were Noah's co-stars from previous movies Loene Carmen and Kym Wilson. He has also formed other bands with such names as Cardboard Box Man, Flipper & Humphrey and The Thirteens, a country-western rock group.American audiences have taken an equal "shine" to Noah recently, particularly as the manager of Stillwater in the popular film Almost Famous (2000); as Bryce in the popular adventure film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and its sequel which both starring Angelina Jolie; a featured role in Vanilla Sky (2001) which starred Tom Cruise; and in the "Willy Wonka" extravaganza Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) as Mr. Bucket.
Daniel CraigBirth date: 2 March 1968, Chester, Cheshire, England, UKDescription: Daniel Craig, one of British theatre's most famous faces, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, went on to star as "James Bond" in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, England. His father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was a merchant seaman turned steel erector, and then became landlord of the "Ring O' Bells" pub in Frodsham, Cheshire. His mother, Carol Olivia (Williams), was an art teacher. Craig is of English, as well as Welsh, Scottish, and Irish, ancestry. His parents split up in 1972, and young Daniel was raised with his older sister, Lea, in Liverpool, then in Hoylake, Wirral, in the home of his mother. His interest in acting was encouraged by visits to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre arranged by his mother. From the age of 6, Craig started acting in school plays, making his debut in the Frodsham Primary School production of "Oliver!", and his mother was the driving force behind his artistic aspirations. The first Bond movie he ever saw at the cinema was Roger Moore's Live and Let Die (1973); young Daniel Craig saw it with his father, so it took a special place in his heart. He was also a good athlete and was a rugby player at Hoylake Rugby Club.At the age of 14, Craig played roles in "Oliver", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cinderella" at Hilbre High School in West Kirby, Wirral, UK. He left Hilbre High at 16 to audition at the National Youth Theatre's (NYT) troupe on their tour in Manchester in 1984. He was accepted and moved down to London. There, his mother and father watched his stage debut as "Agamemnon" in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida". As a struggling actor with the NYT, he was toiling in restaurant kitchens and as a waiter. Craig performed with NYT on tours to Valencia, Spain, and to Moscow, Russia, under the leadership of director Edward Wilson. He failed at repeated auditions at the Guildhall, but eventually his persistence paid off, and in 1988, he entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican. There, he studied alongside Ewan McGregor and Alistair McGowan, then later Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes, among others. He graduated in 1991, after a three-year course under the tutelage of Colin McCormack, the actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company. From 1992-1994, he was married to Scottish actress Fiona Loudon, their daughter, named Ella Craig, was born in 1992. Daniel Craig made his film debut in The Power of One (1992). His film career continued on television, notably the BBC2 serial Our Friends in the North (1996). He shot to international fame after playing supporting roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Road to Perdition (2002). He was nominated for his performances in the leading role in Layer Cake (2004), and received other awards and nominations. Craig was named as the sixth actor to portray "James Bond", in October of 2005, weeks after he finished his work in Munich (2005), where he co-starred with Eric Bana under the directorship of Steven Spielberg.Craig's reserved demeanor and his avoidance of the showbiz-party-red-carpet milieu makes him a cool "007". He is the first blond actor to play Bond, and also the first to be born after the start of the film series, and also the first to be born after the death of author Ian Fleming in 1964. Four of the past Bond actors: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan have indicated that Craig is a good choice as "Bond".
Richard JohnsonBirth date: 30 July 1927, Upminster, Essex, England, UKDescription: Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the early 1950s. The debonair and handsome Johnson was a natural to portray playboy type characters, perhaps the most memorable being "Bulldog Drummond" in Deadlier Than the Male (1967) and Some Girls Do (1969). Later in his career, he turned to more serious roles, such as "Marc Antony" in Antony and Cleopatra (1974), and also tried his hand at producing in the late 1980s.
Chris BarrieBirth date: 28 March 1960, Hannover, Lower Saxony, GermanyDescription: Chris Barrie was born Christopher Jonathan Brown on March 28, 1960, in Hannover, Germany. He was brought up in Northern Ireland, and was a boarder at a Methodist College in Belfast. He was Head Boy in his final year, and played the lead in a "Dial M for Murder" production. He eventually started a business course at Brighton Polytechnic, but dropped out after a time. After working at various jobs and developing his impressionist skills, he decided to shift careers to television and film.He originally met Rob Grant and Doug Naylor on Jasper Carrott's Carrott's Lib (1982), and eventually went on to perform on the radio, for a show called "Son of Cliche", which both Rob Grant and Doug Naylor were working on. Around this time, he was working on the television show, Spitting Image (1984).This association with Rob Grant and Doug Naylor later caused the two of them to have him audition for Red Dwarf (1988). A few years after the beginning of Red Dwarf (1988), he brought life to another character in the sitcom The Brittas Empire (1991).He currently lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife Alecks.
Julian Rhind-TuttBirth date: 20 July 1968, West Drayton, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, UKDescription: Julian Rhind-Tutt was born on July 20, 1968 in West Drayton, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England as Julian Alistair Rhind-Tutt. He is an actor and producer, known for Lucy (2014), Rush (2013) and Notting Hill (1999).
Leslie PhillipsBirth date: 20 April 1924, Tottenham, London, England, UKDescription: A much-loved comic actor who has specialized in playing plummy, quintessentially English stereotypes, Leslie Phillips' heart was in acting from a very young age. He received elocution lessons as a child in order to lose his natural cockney accent (at that time a regional British accent was a major impediment to an aspiring actor) and he attended the Italia Conti School.During the Second World War, he served with the Durham Light Infantry (1942-45) until he was invalided out suffering from shellshock. He returned to acting, and it was during the 1950s that he established himself as a notable player in British movies. His greatest claim to fame to this day are the "Doctor" series of movies, which he inherited from Dirk Bogarde. He also worked on radio, most notably 'The Navy Lark' for the BBC.In later life, he returned to playing supporting roles and even appeared in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987). He continues to make cameo appearances in films and television and is a regular guest on British chat shows.
Robert PhillipsBirth date: 17 July 1980, Lewisham, London, England, UKDescription: Robert Phillips was born on July 17, 1980 in Lewisham, London, England. He is an actor, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Aruslân senki (1991) and Doctors (2000).
Rachel AppletonBirth date: 19 May 1992, Mississauga, Ontario, CanadaDescription: Rachel Appleton was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on the 19th of May 1992 to (now ex-All Saints star) Natalie Appleton and The Dream Boys stripper Carl Robinson. She was later moved to be brought up in London, England where she now lives with her mother, Natalie Appleton, and stepfather, Liam Howlett. As a very intellectual child, Rachel attends The Royal School in Hampstead, a north London prep-school. She also enjoys playing the guitar. When Rachel is older, she would like to follow her mother and aunt, Nicole Appleton (also ex-All Saints star), and uncle, Liam Gallagher, into the world of show business.
Henry WyndhamBirth date: 19 May 1992, Mississauga, Ontario, CanadaDescription: Henry Wyndham is an actor, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002) and Greatest Cities of the World (2008).
David CheungBirth date: 19 May 1992, Mississauga, Ontario, CanadaDescription: David Cheung is an actor, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Spy Game (2001) and The Apocalypse Watch (1997).
David TseBirth date: 19 May 1992, Mississauga, Ontario, CanadaDescription: David Tse is known for his work on Tokyo Trial (2016), Spy (2011) and James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010).
Ozzie YueBirth date: 1947, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UKDescription: Ozzie Yue was born in 1947 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England as Austin J. Yue. He is an actor, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Syriana (2005) and Out for a Kill (2003).
Wai-Keat LauBirth date: 1947, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UKDescription: Wai-Keat Lau is an actor, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Dead Fish (2005).
Carl ChaseBirth date: 1947, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UKDescription: Carl Chase is an actor, known for Batman (1989), Alien³ (1992) and The Mummy (1999).
Olegar FedoroBirth date: 6 March 1958, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine]Description: Olegar Fedoro is an award-winning actor who has moved from Moscow to settle in the West and is now working in English, Spanish and American films. He started with Andrei Tarkovsky 's Stalker (1979) and is best known for his work on Russia (1986), where he played Fyodor Dostoevsky opposite Peter Ustinov, Réquiem por Granada (1991), Mission: Impossible (1996), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Columbus: The Lost Voyage (2007) and Eastern Promises (2007) among others.Olegar is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, English and Spanish.Among other awards he won Best Actor at FIBABC 2013, Festival Iberoamericano de Cortometrajes ABC, Madrid, Spain, playing old cosmonaut in The Hummingbird (2013).
Richenda CareyBirth date: 9 April 1948, Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, UKDescription: Richenda Carey (born in Bitton, South Gloucestershire, England) is an English theatre, television and film actress, who is mostly known for her roles in Monarch of the Glen, Jeeves and Wooster, Crush and later, Separate Lies and Criminal Justice. She appeared in an episode of the sitcom Chalk as well with Victoria Wood in an episode of Dinnerladies (1998).She was the third wife of British actor Nigel Stock before he died in 1986.From July 2009 she appeared in Calendar Girls (2003) at the Noël Coward Theatre.In 2015 she appeared in the film Colonia Dignidad alongside Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl.
Sylvano ClarkeBirth date: 9 April 1948, Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, UKDescription: Sylvano Clarke is an actor, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Vanity Fair (2004) and Give and Take, and Take (2003).
Ayla AmiralBirth date: 9 April 1948, Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, UKDescription: Ayla Amiral is an actress, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
Stephanie BurnsBirth date: 9 April 1948, Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, UKDescription: Stephanie Burns is an actress, known for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Die Another Day (2002) and The Walk (1996).
Directors of "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
Simon WestBirth date: 1961, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, UKDescription: Simon West was born in 1961 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England. He is a producer and director, known for Con Air (1997), The Expendables 2 (2012...
Creators of "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
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Mike WerbDescription: A Los Angeles native, Mike Werb received his undergraduate degrees from Stanford, where he majored in one thing after another. He put his costly ed...