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Pompeii (2014)

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29

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 102

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

24

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 22

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

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36

liked it
Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 44,198

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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

May 20, 2014

$23.2M

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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (102) | DVD (2)

Is it wrong to root for the volcano?

February 23, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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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.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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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.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

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.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Virginian-Pilot
The Virginian-Pilot

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

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

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

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

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.

May 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Platform

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.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Absolute nonsense, highly entertaining (on certain camp levels) - and never boring.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Browning, while indubitably beautiful, can't act very well. She sounds like a varsity netball player after a heavy defeat.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

It's all preposterously enjoyable, far more so than those impervious superheroes chucking each other about yet again.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Like an ancient Roman version of 2012, this disaster epic is a pure guilty pleasure, sparking plenty of laughter along with the massive effects-based carnage.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Lifts shamelessly from Gladiator and Titanic, yet without an ounce of conviction or genuine feeling, the picture is oddly bereft of suspense but I think I know why. It's because we couldn't care less.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Undoubtedly watchable.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Finally, Mount Vesuvius erupts in a fury, possibly in response to the dialogue it has been forced to hear, and all of Pompeii resembles an explosion in a crematorium.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

Thankfully, with its hokily enjoyable mix of sword-swinging heroics and CG pandemonium, Pompeii doesn't blow it.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Better than it had any right to be.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Instantly forgettable but more than passable as a diversion; solid B-movie cheese that's like Titanic-lite meets Gladiator-lite.

April 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Anderson goes to town with his recreation of Pompeii... and then he unleashes a tsunami of dramatic clichés and a lava stream of cheesy dialogue that lay waste to everything in their paths.

April 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Audience Reviews for Pompeii

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.
August 15, 2014
cchclaw

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?
August 10, 2014
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Where were you in 79 AD? Well, if you had the bank account, think of historic Pompeii as sort of the Las Vegas of that era, only a) by the seaside and, b) next door to a volcano. Let's go vacation!
Anderson, the director, is meticulous about historical detail (or somebody was) cause the feeling of "this must be what it was really like" is the film's saving grace. Too bad though that no one spent as much work on the story, which is instantly recognizable as sadly derivative of better works. As it is one is still left with summer style, popcorn munchin' fun.
And remember: what happens in Pompeii stays in Pompeii.
Forever.
July 27, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

No warning. No escape. Great Film! It's pretty much impossible to say that "Pompeii" is a flawless film. It's love story is cliché and and its lighting at times leaves much to be desired. On the other hand, I believe the term "guilty pleasure" fits perfectly here, as I certainly enjoyed this movie enough to recommend it. The last act of the film is among one of the most thrilling disaster scenes I have ever scene in recent years. Fans of disaster movies will likely be pleased by all of the mindless carnage and destruction, and like "2012," the visual grandeur is seat-grippingly epic. "Pompeii" is nowhere near a high-quality film, nor is it free from typical Hollywood clichés. However, this was not a film that left me feeling insulted or just jaded. Rather, this was actually a memorable disaster/action period piece that I could easily recommend taking some friends to see. The experience alone is pretty damn cool. 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.
July 8, 2014
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Manu Gino

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    1. Cassia: Now, I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go when the volcano blow.
    – Submitted by Dina P (7 months ago)
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