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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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Jared Harris
as Severus
Paz Vega
as Strigana
Currie Graham
as Bellator
Sasha Roiz
as Proculus
Dylan Schombing
as Young Milo
Rebecca Eady
as Milo's Mother
Jean Frenette
as Boss Slaver
Joe Pingue
as Graecus
Maxine Savaria
as Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell
as The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr.
as Cassia's Carriage Driver
Emmanuel Kabongo
as African Gladiator
Brock Johnson
as Flashback Centurion
Kristina Nicoll
as Rich Wife #1
Janine Theriault
as Rich Wife #2
Mark Whelan
as Ship's Captain
Anais Frenette
as Harbour Child
Donna Christo
as Harbour Mother
Thomas Stumpo
as Harbour Boy
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Critic Reviews for Pompeii

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (32)

  • Undoubtedly watchable.

    May 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's an average modern actioner: driven by technology, careless of the past, casually insulting to the audience, mindless in its violence. Vesuvius 1, movie-lovers nil.

    Mar 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Is it wrong to root for the volcano?

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 21, 2014 | Full Review…
  • No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.

    Feb 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!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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