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Disaster visits jaded L.A. in the form of an underground volcano, not the big earthquake all the citizens expect. Shot on the largest set ever constructed in the U.S., in nearby Torrance, California, Volcano is a big-budget, special-effects-laden disaster movie with a standard plot. Tommy Lee Jones plays Mike Roark, a by-the-book emergency management director who is spending the weekend with his daughter, Kelly (Gaby Hoffmann), when the previously-unknown volcano blows. Sassy, brainy scientist Dr. Amy Barnes (Ann Heche) is the first to warn of the threat, which begins by sucking one of her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Never generates a head of true excitement, partly because the characters remain constructs designed to perform defined functions, and partly due to the time-worn hokiness of the whole disaster-film format."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The coast may be toast, but it's the lava, covering everything like a malevolent tide of melted butter, that makes this a disaster picture that's tastier than usual."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Pre-millennium tension is still the best explanation for the recent tidal wave of disaster movies--which hasn't made it any less boring."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"The star is, of course, the volcano effects. Seeing the coast become toast may be the biggest draw for audiences to this routine F/X extravaganza."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The film, about a volcano erupting in downtown Los Angeles, is helped immeasurably by veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones, who has enough charm and charisma to rescue just about any movie. He needs it all to save this one."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Jones and Heche work hard to dig up an emotional rapport from next to nothing, while the slow but inexorable progress of the lava makes for more suspense than the usual slam bang firework display."
‑ , Time Out
"Like the substantially better Twister, this film insists on a thunderous, exhausting pace that inevitably becomes deflating."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"not mean to be taken seriously"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Movie bombs L.A. with lava, audience with stupidity"
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"On its own escapist terms, Volcano dishes up a textbook serving of low-I.Q., high-energy entertainment."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"A host of characters is introduced in the opening scenes, but Volcano doesn't know what to do with them. It can't make us care."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Volcano is an absolutely standard, assembly-line undertaking; no wonder one of the extras is reading a paperback titled "Screenwriting Made Easy.""
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[The characters] aren't people; they're mere objects to stick in front of the flowing lava."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The special effects are impressive and the acting by Jones and Heche is good, although their roles didn't require much skill or inspiration."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The action, the effects and tough-as-nails Tommy Lee provide a worthwhile thrill ride -- even if the last drop wasn't as big as you thought it would be."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
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