Pompeii (2014)



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

Movie Info

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

Rating: PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Janet Scott Batchelor, Michael Robert Johnson, Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchelor, Lee Batchler
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2014
Box Office: $23.2M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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as Strigana

as Bellator

as Proculus

as Young Milo

as Milo's Mother

as Boss Slaver

as Graecus

as Biggest Thracian

as The Weasel

as Cassia's Carriage Dr...

as African Gladiator

as Flashback Centurion

as Rich Wife #1

as Rich Wife #2

as Ship's Captain

as Harbour Child

as Harbour Mother

as Harbour Boy
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Critic Reviews for Pompeii

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (29)

Hammy performances, poor editing, straight-to-DVD special effects, and bland direction.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

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.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014

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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

The lava is the only thing that flows in this misfiring affair.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Irish Independent

Rubbish, then, but laughable rubbish - often more "with it" than "at it".

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Pompeii


From a narrative point of view, this is an uninspired hodgepodge that simply recycles every cliché and convention of the genre (including an indestructible villain), being only worth it for the fun and great-looking catastrophe, the nice score and Kit Harington's spectacular abs.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 ill-fitting airs and an absurd British accent that seems to have been developed to entertain the minions at a children's garden party in North Hollywood. Kit Harington has lost any luster rubbed off from the Game of Thrones series, deadpanning his way through the muddle. The script is silly and defies probability. However, the special effects are pretty awesome with lots of hell fire and explosions to entertain the otherwise bored audience.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


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 destruction of an entire city this piece of tripe is the best they could do?

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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