Pompeii (2014)

Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 20, 2014
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This big-budget sword-and-sandal adventure lacks the energy and storytelling heft to amount to more than a guilty pleasure.

Christy Lemire

Is it wrong to root for the volcano?

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Wesley Morris

No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.

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Richard Haridy

Sure, every character beat is hammy and predictable, but hey, not everything can be fine dining. Sometimes you just want a good cheeseburger and fries.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Parmageddon is nigh in this cheesy action melodrama that feels both overheated with plot developments, yet strangely curdled from a lack of histrionics that might have redeemed it as fun trash.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Rapidly burnt by a volcanically ludicrous story, Pompeii rumbles and crumbles, over-baking itself into a frothy crisp--puffery on the outside and clichéd passions within.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

More fun than any civilization's fiery extinction should ever be, Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii 3-D is gloriously exciting kitsch - a poor man's Titanic crossed with an even poorer man's Gladiator.

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Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot

A rousing, crowd-pleasing noise-maker that delivers on what it promises.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
From a narrative point of view, this is an uninspired hodgepodge that simply recycles every cliché and convention of the genre (including an indestructible… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Where were you in 79 AD? Well, if you had the bank account, think of historic Pompeii as sort of the Las Vegas of that era, only a) by the seaside and, b) next… More
Christian C
The volcano ain't the only disaster vying for screen time in this block-bust of a flick. Chief among the disasters is Kiefer Sutherland, who puts on… More
Manu Gino
No warning. No escape. <br/><br/>Great Film! It's pretty much impossible to say that "Pompeii" is a flawless film. It's love… More
jay nixon
Dumb, pointless junk that feels like it was made inside an arcade machine. With a compelling piece of history like the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars