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Los Angeles Times:
Many people will find much to divert them in The Lost World, and not worry whether or not it falls short of Jurassic Park.
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.
Globe and Mail:
Special effects demand dino closeups, but the technical miracles seem sadly mundane.
New York Times:
The Lost World, while terrifically entertaining, is also structurally out of kilter.
Repetitiveness notwithstanding, The Lost World boasts several edge-of-the-seat moments.
Where is the awe? Where is the sense that if dinosaurs really walked the earth, a film about them would be more than a monster movie? Where are the ooohs and ahhhs?
San Francisco Chronicle:
The Lost World has the vibe of 'obligatory sequel,' just what director Steven Spielberg probably wanted to avoid.
The dinosaur creations are even better than those in the first film --- credible, breathtaking and frightening. As for the rest, every department pales by comparison.
Militaristic bounty hunters...intend to capture these animals, ship them to San Diego and make a profitable spectacle out of them.