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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.

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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

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Critic Reviews for Pompeii

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (30)

Is it wrong to root for the volcano?

February 23, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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…

No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.

February 21, 2014 | Full Review…

A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...

February 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Pompeii


Let's start with the positive: the movie looks great, the visuals and effects really work. Little else does, though. The cast acts wooden, the story is predictable and boring, borrowing many elements from Gladiator and the end is cheesy as hell. Overall a real waste of time.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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 amusing, great-looking catastrophe, the nice score and Kit Harington's spectacular abs.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An average movie. Entertains and gives the viewer enough action for a Sunday afternoon!

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