Land of the Lost

2009

Land of the Lost

Critics Consensus

Only loosely based on the original TV series, Land of the Lost is decidedly less kid-friendly and feels more like a series of inconsistent sketches than a cohesive adventure comedy.

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Movie Info

Space-time vortexes suck. Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world--a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the "Land of the Lost." Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly and a redneck survivalist named Will. Chased by T. rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall, Will and Holly must rely on their only ally--a primate called Chaka--to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they're heroes. Get stuck, and they'll be permanent refugees in the "Land of the Lost."

Cast

Will Ferrell
as Dr. Rick Marshall
Anna Friel
as Holly Cantrell
Danny McBride (IV)
as Will Stanton
Matt Lauer
as Himself
Bobb'e J. Thompson
as Tar Pits Kid
Sierra McCormick
as Tar Pits Kid
Shannon Lemke
as Tar Pits Kid
Steven Wash Jr.
as Tar Pits Kid
Brian Huskey
as Teacher
Noah Crawford
as Teenager
Logan Manus
as Teenager
Ben Best
as Ernie
Scott Dorel
as Elder Pakuni
Sean Michael Guess
as Elder Pakuni
Dennis McNicholas
as Ice Cream Man
Chris Henchy
as Stage Manager
Kurt Carley
as Sleestak
Daniel George
as Sleestak
Marti Matulis
as Sleestak
Tim Soergel
as Sleestak
Douglas Tait
as Sleestak
Patrick Wedge
as Sleestak
Ana Alexander
as Pakuni Woman
Morgan Atias
as Pakuni Woman
Jesse Golden
as Pakuni Woman
Eve Mauro
as Pakuni Woman
Pollyanna McIntosh
as Pakuni Woman
Ania Spiering
as Pakuni Woman
Leonard Nimoy
as The Zarn
Paul Adelstein
as Astronaut
Adam Behr
as Library Skull
Daamen J. Krall
as Library Skull
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Critic Reviews for Land of the Lost

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (140)

  • [A] gigantic chunk of scat.

    Nov 15, 2011 | Full Review…
  • By and large, it's knockabout kids' stuff (and has been advertised on that basis), but it has some quite risqué smut.

    Aug 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A ragbag of lackadaisical plotting, drugs references, puerile lechery and shiny effects work, an assemblage far from child-friendly yet not quite grungey enough to wow older teens.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A doughily inexpressive Will Ferrell extinguishes any flicker of originality in one of the worst performances of his career.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It is very surreal, absurd, and often quite gross, with loads of very arch and knowing gags. It's not going to win any awards. Really, it's a DVD rental. There are some laughs. I laughed, anyway.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Neither conventional action-adventure or enough of an out-there pastiche, this really is the land of the lost.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Land of the Lost

  • Nov 30, 2012
    Not sure who this film was made for or why it was made. The storyline is messy and the story beats don't gel together. It feels like they hired the actors and just thought, let's wing it. The humour is dampened down for adults and too rich for the children, it's a bizarre mixture of comedy spliced together. Ferrell plays the lead role in the same way he would any other role and seems more annoying. There is still something interesting here and it is so messy it almost works on another glance. Bombed hard on release but it is far from the worst film ever created. 15/09/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    In the big scope of things, "Land of the Lost" is not an awful movie. It's not very good, but it's not completely unwatchable. The storyline, characters, sense of humor, and pretty much anything else that a script brings to the table are atrocious and unoriginal, but the film's unique visuals keep it entertaining. I knew beforehand that I was about to watch a bad movie, but "Land of the Lost" is not nearly as bad as I thought it was, even though it was pretty bad.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2011
    Apart from the chosen actors, the movie handled its money SO badly. The effects were adequate and instead of being a family film it's instead decidedly mean. A bad choice. Still I enjoyed the acting from Ferrell and Bride and it was exceptionally funny. And this made up for its flaws. Good for one viewing, just watch it with low expectations.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Matt Lauer and this movie can suck it. Dont get me wrong, I love Will Ferell as much as the next guy, but come on this movie sucked! It had very few funny jokes, bad productions, the plot was hopelessly stupid, and it is the worst thing that happened to Will Ferell since Roxbury. Sorry but I hated this movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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