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

Very slow, very long
★★★★★
Not sure what the director was trying to achieve with drawn out slow dialogue and an extremely slow pace. Painful to watch. — Sandjj

Adc89
★★★★
This movie had no direction. It started out ok and then just plummeted. Very disappointed. — Wtfccv

Lost City of Zzzzzzzzzzz
★★★★
BORING...could hardly stay awake for this. — a.k.a. MAELSTROM

Free On Amazon
★★★★★
This is an Amazon Prime Original. Not sure why it’s for sale on here. Anyone with Amazon Prime can watch it for free. I’m about to find out if it’s as worthless a movie as all the reviews say. — Thumms

Why Hollywood, why?
★★★★★
I genuinely do not understand Hollywood's need to take perfectly good source material and stick their finger in it. The book this movie was based on was truly fascinating and well written. There was no need to mess with it at all. The motivations and storyline made more sense in the book and there was zero reason to mess with it. Despite messing with the story, the movie itself was not as well made as it could be. The main problem for me was that the director tried to do too much. He should have cut out elements of the story in an effort to tell the rest better. Above all, the passage of time would have been the best plot element that is really neglected. At no point do you get a sense of the work and time and effort and difficulty of the jungle and that was a huge strength in the book. I was really,really looking forward to this movie and was sadly disapointed. — jiggajayj

Slow & Dull
★★★★★
Ughhh — ChristopherMusic

Boring
★★★★
Boring storyline not enough action what a boring movie — Yomama12345432

The Lost City of Zzzzzzzzz
★★★★
I'm not even lying when I say I fell asleep 15 minutes in. This movie was so boring, it did the book no justice. I watched it for Tom Holland, but didn't even get to his part because, as I said I fell asleep 15 minutes in. I had a good nap though, that's about the only thing this movie is good for — BLAINEC666

Wasn't hoping for much.
★★★★
Good casting, great script, good editing and a good message. Truly recommended. — Manuelmaster

TERRIBLE
★★★★
What a joke. The movie is nothing but social justice warrior nonsense. Non of the trailers or commercials show this. Once you get into the film it's nothing but a racist anti-white revisionist farce. — Man At Arms

Not good
★★★★
Waste of time — Catyrojas

Boring
★★★★
How could the subject matter come out so incredibly boring? A real snoozer. — WantedSomethingInteresting

Fantastic
★★★★★
It was great movie — K. B.N.

I didn't deserve this
★★★★
I've traveled through much of South America twice. I've read histories on exploration in South America. I've watched silly, goofy movies but found them tolerable if they were about South America. But I didn't deserve this wretched three hour movie of shadows, poor sound, and a feckless plot. — Classic Mini Man

No likeable characters
★★★★
Aside from it being filled with unlikeable characters, the entire film is presumably anti-West propaganda. "Western culture is rubbish! The noble jungle-dwellers deserve our respect and envy!" Yes, and then they killed you. — Franklin Stein

Made for television movie
★★★★
The acting left a lot to be desired. The movie was long and boring. — Ariauna

Interesting story. Poor storytelling.
★★★★★
Very surprised this has 87% fresh tomatoes. — gitzo3

adventure
★★★★★
a intelligent adventure movie. i wish there were more of them. — holyfoxStuggi0711

Exploration and Privation, No Lost City
★★★★★
I rented and watched this film in great anticipation. The movie is faithful to the wasting of life that was the protagonist's drive. A few things really bothered me though; the timeline's affects on the back story characters at home not fitting with his various returnings. The feminist viewpoint of the wife on the outset of the protagonist's return to the Amazon. That simply would not have been the attitude of the day, much less openly expressed. It was for the modern day audience, and not due to historical accuracy. And the discovery of ancient artefacts just lying on the forrest floor. With the rapid growth of vegetation there wouldn't be anything to find on the surface like that. I kept looking for an upturn in the movie that simply didn't happen. I am an archeological fan, but this movie didn't serve to meet the hype it implied. Utimately it was the discussion, on screen of a man who wasted his life pursuing something he would never find, or even come close to realizing. — The Iron Marshal

Tom Holland :)
★★★★★
Loved this movie, great plot and great castings!!! — Jordan mya Williams

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