Volcano Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 2, 2008
not mean to be taken seriously
| Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 14, 2003
The special effects are impressive and the acting by Jones and Heche is good, although their roles didn't require much skill or inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
On its own escapist terms, Volcano dishes up a textbook serving of low-I.Q., high-energy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
gives us the bare minimums needed for a story and then lets the lava flow
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
More about spectacle than suspense, a very impressive production which is easier to enjoy from a detached distance than it is to get caught up in.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
These things can be done well or badly, and Volcano goes full steam ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Jones has that elusive quality, charisma, and uses it to full advantage along with his credibility and authority.
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Congratulations to director Mick Jackson and writers Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray for liberating themselves from the tedious demands of believability.
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Entertainment Weekly
April 25, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
April 25, 1997
| Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 25, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix
September 5, 2009
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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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2011

Screen International
May 14, 2011
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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