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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Critic Reviews for Pompeii
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.
Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic.
No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.
A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...
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.
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.
An average movie. Entertains and gives the viewer enough action for a Sunday afternoon!
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