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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 who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. -- (C) Sony

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is it wrong to root for the volcano?"
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"The lava is the only thing that flows in this misfiring affair."
‑ Padraic McKiernan, Irish Independent
"By positioning CGI, meticulously rendered with veritable 3D textures, inside elegant, spatial compositions, W.S distinguishes Pompeii amongst the current trend of garish blockbusters: obsessed with vapid, digitized carnage."
‑ Gareth Simms, Platform
"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ..."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Rubbish, then, but laughable rubbish - often more "with it" than "at it"."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"If you thought the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD matters because of the mass destruction and the tragic loss of thousands of lives then think again."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A rousing, crowd-pleasing noise-maker that delivers on what it promises."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"If the violence and tragedy of Pompeii's destruction by a projectile vomiting Mount Vesuvius in 79AD is hard to imagine, harder still is a fan of Paul W.S. Anderson."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"It's not just the ancient Roman city that gets burned to the ground here - careers are also convincingly incinerated by Paul WS Anderson's pitiful excuse for a historical disaster movie."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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