Box art for The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

action & adventure, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Director Steven Spielberg takes us back to the scene of Jurassic Park in The Lost World, the blockbuster sequel with even more dinosaurs, more action and more breathtaking visual effects than its record-breaking predecessor.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

Nastier beasts and mean people in intense sequel.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Lost World: Jurassic Park intends to thrill its audience with action-packed, scary, and suspenseful scenes. The film is not recommended for very young or sensitive kids. Dinosaurs, clearly motivated by a desire to protect their young and their environment, attack and often kill the humans whom they perceive as predators. Lengthy sequences of heroes in peril and animal brutality alternate with scenes that attempt to build character and relationships. Steven Spielberg shows some of the mayhem on camera (i.e., a heroic character is pulled apart by two dinos, then eaten); at other times, the director chooses to suggest the animals' savagery and plays it off camera (blood flows in water after a man is attacked). There are a few instances of mild swearing ("bastards," "s--t," "goddamn").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about sequels. In horror movies, the body count is higher the next time around. Why is this movie so much more gruesome than Jurassic Park?
  • What do you think of the movie's violence? Is it necessary to the story? Why or why not?
  • Is this the kind of movie that will stand the test of time, or does it already seem dated?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Spielberg's dinos, manipulated by a small army of puppeteers, are watchable enough. But these artificial critters have little reason to be resurrected in our era, let alone on 3,300 screens over Memorial Day weekend.

- Bill Stamets, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- David Ansen, Newsweek, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: Militaristic bounty hunters...intend to capture these animals, ship them to San Diego and make a profitable spectacle out of them.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Rather underrated as its constantly compared to its visual revolution of a predecessor. With more dinosaurs, the intensity does go up, mainly with Peter Stormare's encounter with packs of compsognathus. Which I thought meets up to the intensity of the original's opening. Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough reprise their roles, while backed by Julianne Moore and Pete Postlethwaite. However, I suddenly lost track when *SPOILER* a T-Rex is transfered to San Diego and brings destruction within the city. There are some moments that do seem overly dramatic, if compared to most scenes in the original. Besides these, the visuals and acting are at a similar level to the original. Don't compare this too much witht original and this will be an interesting ride.

- samoriley, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

3 stars

With his sequel to Jurassic Park, director Steven Spielberg shows his mastery in creating tension and full blown entertainment. Lost World might be far from a perfect film and too often it struggles in finding a balance between lighter comedic moments and more darker themes. This is still one hell of a exciting ride and it's lenght feels much shorter than it actually is. Once the action kicks in, it never stops. There are two masterfully orchestrated set pieces in tension here. First one involves a bus hanging from a cliff and the second one involves a abandoned and eerie old communication center. These two set pieces are once again proof of Spielberg's fantastic ability to create best possible entertainment. Even with all it's flaws i much more prefer this darker and more terrific sequel than the original Jurassic Park. Spielberg has ability to turn even screenplay this thin into something riveting. This is actually a good film, but as a i said. far from perfect also.

- emilkakko, Wednesday, July 11, 2012

2 stars

Although it has two of the original cast returning to this shamble of a movie! Although 7yrs after its classic original you would have thought that they would have had the time to perfect the storyline and make strong characters, however this movie failed on so many levels! Mainly they shouldnt have made a sequel without the original characters but im glad there names arent but to this terrible sequel which is a shame as i adore the first one!

- FiLmCrAzY, Thursday, March 29, 2012