Volcano (1997)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 25, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Volcano's prodigious pyrotechnics and Tommy Lee Jones' crotchety sneers at lava aren't quite enough to save this routine disaster film.

Todd McCarthy

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.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Like the substantially better Twister, this film insists on a thunderous, exhausting pace that inevitably becomes deflating.

Fred Topel
We Live Entertainment

Volcano was really ahead of its time and time still hasn't caught up. In Volcano they thought of ways to stop the lava. They weren't going to give up L.A. You don't cast Tommy Lee Jones as the chief of emergency services and ask him to run.

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Time Out

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.

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Gary Kamiya

A flatulent blast of superheated air from the seething bowels of Hollywood...

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The fairly anticlimactic final stretch ensures that Volcano concludes on a less-than-engrossing note...

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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James Berardinelli

This is one of the best pure disaster movies ever made (not that it has much competition). Congratulations to director Mick Jackson for a job well done.

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

Pre-millennium tension is still the best explanation for the recent tidal wave of disaster movies--which hasn't made it any less boring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The second volcano disaster film released in 97 and clearly a different tone, didn't do as well as 'Dante's Peak' and its easy to see why.… More
Tim Salmons
Pretty forgettable.
Alex roy
Volcano is a decent disaster film with a good cast. Continuing the trend of epic disaster films, Volcano though engaging and somewhat entertaining and fun.… More
Lenny Muggsy
Retarded. Sexy Lava.
Dead Angel
The idea of volcano destroying the city was great. But representing the idea wasn't that great. Some of the scenes seemed a bit weird to me: Why was Kelly… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
For the type of a disaster movie, this movie was pretty good... The lava effects thing was definitely great, that one looks like it really happen.. Just felt… More