- Awesome Music: As much as Trent Reznor might hate it, the Nine Inch Nails song "Deep" is pretty damn good.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Common consensus is that the best part of the first movie is Lara's brief Shower Scene near the beginning, along with the ensuing Modesty Towel, Toplessness from the Back and Side Boob.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Book-Ends of the first movie where Lara practices her skills against a giant robot spider. Uh...what? What was the purpose of having this in the movie? You'd expect it to come in handy when the bad guys break into her mansion, but...nope.
- Complete Monster: Jonathan Reiss from The Cradle of Life is a brilliant scientist and Nobel Prize laureate who makes a living designing and selling biological and chemical weapons to wealthy criminals from around the world. When he learns of the existence of Pandora's Box and the plague it carries he sells the disease to his clients under the pretense that it's merely a highly potent bio-weapon, but in reality it will spread across the world, killing anyone without access to the antidote he plans to create and provide only to the wealthiest and most powerful. In his quest to find Pandora's Box, Reiss is merciless, even threatening to have a man's children infected with a deadly disease if he doesn't cooperate, and even as he dies he makes one last attempt to grab the Box.
- Critical Dissonance: An interesting case for both films. The first one was a smashing hit and still holds couple records regarding the money it made, while the critical reception was lukewarm at best. The second film had some warmer reception from critics (still far from good), but barely made any money and fandom denies it exists.
- Fanon Discontinuity: To some Tomb Raider fans, the second film never happened.
- First Installment Wins: The main complain about the second film is how seriously it treated itself. Which was especially jarring when compared with games it was based on and the self-awarness of the first film. The exects blamed instead the turbulent situation the game franchise was facing around the same time.
- Foe Yay: A fair bit in the first movie. Besides the more obvious Alex/Lara, there's a significant bit of flirting between Powell and Lara. Though in the latter case Lara isn't particularly fooled.
- Girl-Show Ghetto: One of the first female-lead action films to break it; according to Box Office Mojo, it's still the highest-grossing action film with a lone female Billed Above the Title.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Alex West is seen using the Walther P99, otherwise known as one of the main sidearms of James Bond.
- Ho Yay: Hillary spends the better part of The Cradle of Life living in Bryce's trailer. At the end of the film, Lara meets up with the two of them as they are being groomed by a group of tribeswomen. For their wedding. They beat a hasty retreat, but one must wonder what gave the women that impression. It's possible they were being dressed up to marry women in the tribe, but that's sure not the impression you get when you watch it and if they're running away from being married to women, doesn't that make it even more suspect?
- Retroactive Recognition:
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Lara Croft somewhat randomly has a giant Killer Robot in her basement. You'd have thought that would be a good thing to use when the bad guys invade her mansion. Does she sic it on them? Of course not!
- Video-Game Movies Suck: There's a bit of Critical Dissonance, with scores of 19% for the first and 24% for Cradle of Life on Rotten Tomatoes and audience score around 45% for both (still pretty low).
YMMV / Lara Croft: Tomb Raider