The Lost City of Z

Action & Adventure • PG-13 • Directed by: James Gray • 141 minutes

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

Viewer reviews

ZZZZzzzzzz...
★★★★
This movie completely sucked. So boring.... — JawsRI

Strange and Dull
★★★★
Gave it our best shot but could not finish this movie. Surely the book must be more appealing? — Low stead

Worth a rental
★★★★★
So, we learn how important England was to border line creation. I'm not a big fan of actor craft If you are, you will enjoy it more than me. — CylonRaider3617

Long, predictable, boring.
★★★★★
Good scenery & Ok film. The sound is terrible. Get ready to turn the volume up and down. They whisper, and some of the actors are very hard to understand! You would think by 2017 The sound in these movies would be as good as they were 50 years ago!? Nope! — Logo65

Lost City of Z
★★★★
Horrible, truly horrible... don't waste your time or your money... bad boring acting... a fabricated story... look up the history before you even consider watching this. BF — Erasmus1492

Slooooooooooow
★★★★
The first forty five minutes is just blah - idle banter and absolutely no plot movement. Basically a hard pass. — Stewpid_1

Decent Adventure Flick
★★★★
Intersting story with some fascinating history facts mixed in. Enjoyable to watch with plenty of adventure, well developed characters and twists and turns. Worth the rental! — Mexican_Black_Bear

Wait until Netflix
★★★★★
I was really hoping for more adventure but it's not the most exciting or easy to watch. Like others said maybe it's historical and supposed to contain accurate depictions but there are plenty of those types of dramas that are also exciting. — jdw1010

Stellar movie
★★★★★
Dark, yet still has the possibility of light — man with no name'

Not goot
★★★★★
Not good — JPV77

Bad, really, really terrible1
★★★★
Don't watch this. 87% on the tomatometer is a marketing lie. Critics don't know anything. I would give 0.1 star but unfortunately iTunes rating system is not so nuanced. It's very, very boring. — Not Z, F.

Disappointing
★★★★★
I read the book and had high expectations. Felt like they just didn't do the jungle scenes enough justice in terms of how difficult and cutoff from civilization they were. — War Flick Fan

It was not what I expected.
★★★★
Well, I thought it's a adventure movie but it was not. I know that this movie wants to show social and cultural contexts of U.K. and history. But it's boring if you expect adventure in Amazon. — Teddyatl

Inaudible whispering pretention
★★★★
inaudible whispering marks much of the "dialogue" of this ponderous, plodding, pretentious portrrayal. When not whispering for long strecthes, there are buffoonish bouts of shouting; to you know, say stuff that is manly and, like, wicked important...and stuff. give me a break — RayMacD

Great movie
★★★★★
💯 — PayPalisnotmypal

Booooooooring
★★★★★
Mostly used as background noise — Publicenemy2695

what a waist of money and time
★★★★★
i’m surprised they characterize the genre of this movie to be “action and adventure”..! because it fits action adventure you’re looking for, then this is not the movie for you. this movie, if anything, is typical drama. and the ending, words cannot describe how disappointing it was. nothing about this movie, aside from the scenery, was satisfying at all. The actors were extraordinary. But she would expect that from high caliber actors. also was the story. However there wasn’t enough shown that would make this a good movie. Again the ending was horrible. do not waist your money — YousefQasem

Meh.
★★★★★
Loved the book but the movie didn't do the story justice. Some big name actors with pretty average performances. — goettsch46

Classic
★★★★★
Excellent movie. Beautiful cinematography! Charlie Hunnam's portrayal of Fawcett was mesmerizing. My only complaint was Rob Pattinson's mumbling. — Agunnels

It's no Indiana Jones
★★★★★
A boring and confusing movie...confusing because audio for the first half of the film is horrible. Sounds like they are all mumbling. I have no idea what they're saying...All of sudden the main character speaks the language of an undiscovered Amazonian tribe...weak film. Shame — 99souls

I tried....
★★★★★
I just could not get into this movie, at all....I don't want to give it a low rating simply because it was not the type of movie I was expecting. Maybe it's a historical drama...? If you're expecting an action adventure, which they do try to include, this is not a movie for you. I also have to say, I did not watch the movie in its entirety and kept walking away from it. Maybe if I had sat down and watched it from start to finish, I might have liked it better. — palangibrad

Not Great
★★★★
Overall, meh. — Mekoplop

Outstanding
★★★★★
More info on tube for this facenating explorer. — North-Light

The lost city of Z
★★★★★
Disappointing.....the lead actor was not convincing and could not carry the story. — Sue in 2

Outstanding
★★★★★
This movie is very interesting, and a must see movie. It's amazing how the this movie ended omg — angelofmyeyes

Beautiful and Absorbing
★★★★★
Lost City is great story telling that will draw you in (if you let it) and entrance. Strong performances all around with special ore to Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson. Khondji's cinematography is breathtaking. Exceptional visuals and scope on a $30M budget. Well done James Gray. — Georg218

Fantastic
★★★★★
The movie was awesome with a great cast — Dark Knight+

Fast forward over the first half
★★★★★
What a snoozer. How did this get good ratings? The most exciting scene (not plural) is in the trailer. — 4 year old

Really Good Movie, Trust Me
★★★★
I went into this movie skeptical but I watched and was hooked from the beginning. The acting is good, the directing is great. Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson were great. A great story that's based on a true story. It's a drama/action/thriller that's worth at least a look. — jmacmall

Architype Pastiche, painful implausibilities
★★★★★
Ok, disclaimer: I've adventured deep in the Amazon, and I've wandered extensively among the ruins of ancient civilizations in Central America. This is well acted, and well-filmed, but it plays off of every simplistic tropical rainforest adventure motif, from Fitz Coraldo to Heart of Darkness to The Emerald Forest. The tensions are built from one implausible and often meaningless plot turn to the next. We'll start here: after the character's first trip, which is to have taken years, he returns to be greeted by his wife and infant son -- and his wife was pregnant when he left. She must have been pregnant for a long, long time. This is worth critiquing because it typifies many creative stretches of the imagination used to build character and tension: the sudden confrontation with the black jaguar (ok, maybe possible, but super unlikely); the sudden 'turning on' of the waterfall. thwarting our hero from his noble destiny; the boiling water from piranha's eating a man (doesn't work like that); the overly cheesy vindication that ancient civilization would be possible by discovering an amerindian agricultural system. And tripping over pottery shards on the rainforest floor, 'look at them, they are ancient!' our protagonist cries. Nope. Would never be just sitting there. Oh, and the native people's are mischaracterized throughout, though i did kinda like the stone age people using obviously metal tiki torches. But the portrayal of cannibalism and strunken heads was too much -- that's Old World (Papau New Guinea), not Amazonian. These inaccuracies only give contribute to the plot's stutterstep progression. Clearly, there is craft here, and I will follow Gray's work, but this was sloppy. — Robertito56

Read below.
★★★★
Let me try and prevent a number of suicides and a slew of divorces. STAY AWAY!!!! — snowmobilejer

Clunky and not an easy watch
★★★★★
Burdened by the Edwardian context and the trappings of the biopic, the first act is plodding and inconsistent. By the second act the film finally reaches a stride. Then the third act goes from a realistic narrative to an love artistic journey. It was not an easy film to watch because it felt like three films in one... but it left me a bit haunted. I came to the film without an understanding of the subject and now have a desire to read a bit more. I suspect, however, I may not revisit this film again. — iassos

a real movie
★★★★★
all around well made solid film that is worth watching I really enjoyed it — move eee a holic

Ech
★★★★★
Two and a half hours of going nowhere. This is not a documentary, it veers from the factual record. That's not the problem. The problem is it doesn't veer anywhere close to far enough. There's no story here! — Swaneer

Good but....
★★★★
If you are looking for a ginat blockbuster action film, this is not it. But, if you want a perspective of the times and the attitudes of the day, then they did a fine job. Yes the performances seem a little wooden, but they are still good. Yes it is wort the time when you are in the mood for a little eduction. Filmnd in Columbia, close enough. — Taramada

Tedious and uninspired
★★★★
Only the WSJ gave this film the review it deserved by saying it lacked passion. I'd like to bill the filmmakers for the 2.5 hours of wasted time I spent enduring this. Shame on The NY Times and Vanity Fair reviewers for saying this was great- I used to trust them. Boooo — NevenaHunt

Adventure into mediocrity
★★★★★
If you don't know the incredible story of Z, then this is a satisfactory, workman-like film. Can't help feeling like a huge missed opportunity. The script is quite dull and uninspired. Charlie Hunnam struggles without a building-sized robot to distract, and the cinematography is such that you could just as easily be in Tarzana. Never felt the majesty of the Amazon. Not bad though. Solid production. — zidane2015

ASTONISHING!!!
★★★★★
This movie really pulled me in. Everyone moment I was surprised and it took my breath away. It's unbelievable that it's based off a true story. The man was like a real life Indiana Jones and there was so much European culture from early 1900s and South American culture as well. Just a fantastic! — Movie Master96

Not promising
★★★★
All over the place... than ends. Not to promising. — JB True Talk

So So
★★★★★
I found this movie okay. Didn't keep my undivided attention but I'd say opinions are heavily based on the prior knowledge of the storyline. I did not know it. Not one I'd rush to watch again, but not a fail either. — Haminee

Don't expect a happy ending
★★★★★
Good reality movie. — blackman's prepective

Overall great movie for cinephiles
★★★★★
This film brings back a lot of old tricks and relies on a strong story and great visuals. The tale of Fawcett is definitely told well. Worth a view for something intriguing — Lady gaga fannn!!!!!!!!

Snoozeee
★★★★★
Buy if you'd like to fall asleep. — Meg_A_Leg

Fantastic
★★★★★
This movies a work of art and depicts the great victorian generation of exploration! The movie has great actors, director, and was actually filmed in the jungle. Overall great movie got most all the key points of the story accurate from book the only negative thing I have to say was just disappointed Jacks best friend wasn't in the movie at all. He played a big part in the ending possibly no one really knows for sure. But that's okay he wouldn't offer much on screen anyway but for the ending maybe. Whoever does not know you should read the book by David Grann. I felt as though both the book and movie go hand-in-hand pretty nice overall! Ignore any negative reviews! — Webos-1

It was amazing!
★★★★★
Loved it tho story was great — Sophie is amazing!!/

Disappointed
★★★★★
The storyline was very odd and all over the place. — fiveothegreat