Box art for Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

children & family, comedy


Comedic genius Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the hilarious Land of the Lost.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    26%
  • Audience Score
    32%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5

Ferrell's reboot of '70s show is rife with gross-out laughs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this big-screen version of the cult-classic 1970s TV show has lots of vulgar language, as well as an extended sequence in which some of the main characters are clearly stoned on a natural narcotic/hallucinogenic substance. There's also a high degree of body-function humor: At one point, a character douses himself in dinosaur urine to mask his scent, an egg is removed from a huge pile of dinosaur feces, and a character is swallowed whole and later excreted by a dinosaur.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of '70s TV shows coming to the big screen. Does this represent the fact that these shows have wormed their way into the public consciousness because they were worthwhile -- or is it just about making money?
  • Families can also talk about Will Ferrell -- what do all of his characters seem to have in common? What's behind his comedic appeal?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    26%
    reviews counted: 2
    see all Land of the Lost reviews
  • Audience

    32%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A Will Ferrell comedy comes with certain expectations, and the latest Hollywood adaptation of a beloved TV show does not disappoint on that front. Whether fans of the original Krofft Brothers cult TV show will go along with it is another story.

- Dov Kornits, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: It's not just the land that feels lost in Ferrell's lumbering latest. After Bewitched, you'd have thought he'd have learned to leave old TV shows well alone.

- Neil Smith, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Less than twenty minutes in, I was ready to turn it off. The concept s so lame it's ridculous, the effects are awful, and the movie can't seem to muster a laugh beyond it's opening title. I like Will Ferrell, but this film was a big step back for him. His comedy is too crude for kids, and this movie is definitely not family friendly. It's also too kiddie-ish for the Old School, Anchorman crowd. No one there wants to see Will Ferrell cracking lude jokes in a fantasy with magical creatures and a T-Rex. Nothing works in this movie, and as quirky and unique as it wants to be, it just comes off as utterly stupid.

- MovieGeek13, Monday, June 21, 2010

1 star

I haven't seen the whole movie, but the ten minutes I saw on TV convinced me that I will never watch this all the way through. It is just too stupid.

- Redlats, Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 stars

I had no intention of seeing Land of the Lost but after being told my 2 1/2 year-old daughter say still for it from beginning to end I had to find out why. The movie was better than I expected. Will Farrell and Danny McBride play off each other very well, but if you're not into the whole odd goofy awkward humor thing that Farrell does you may do well by skipping Land of the Lost altogether. Land of the Lost isn't really the kids movie the trailer boasted for whatever that's worth...

- mjgildea, Saturday, June 5, 2010