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Based on 21 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Approximately the last hour of Dante's Peak is made up of action scenes, and how well one likes computer-generated destruction will determine how well one likes the movie. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Older youngsters not threatened by PG-13 levels of intensity might pester Mom and Dad to let them see this cinematic fluff-head. For everyone else, it simply is what it is -- which, despite a budget that could feed Star Wars' Jabba the Hutt for life, isn't very much. [07Feb1997 Pg 04.D] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Dante's Peak, written by Leslie Bohem and directed by Roger Donaldson, follows the disaster formula so faithfully that if you walk in while the movie is in progress, you can estimate how long the story has to run. That it is skillful is a tribute to the filmmakers. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Director Roger Donaldson ("Smash Palace," "No Way Out," "Species"), working from a script by Leslie Bohem ("Daylight"),does a serviceable job, wrapping his narrative around the big kabooms, but the real interest comes from the extraordinary barrage of sound and spectacle. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    "Twister" is a rush. Dante's Peak, on the other hand, is a bore. Oh, it has its moments, but most of them are concentrated in the final forty-five minutes. The first hour, which is all typical disaster movie setup, is interminable. show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The dialogue is utterly inane, but the high-tech effects deliver the sort of thrills that disaster-film connoisseurs expect. show more

  • 25
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Dante's Peak expands the concept of badness in movies. show more

  • 60
    Caroline Westbrook Empire

    This is yet another one of those mindlessly enjoyable outings which eschews such unimportant details as plot or characterisation in favour of the biggest, flashiest special effects money can buy. Twister with lava, if you will. show more

  • 30
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    These lessons are driven home via silly dialogue ("Her name was Marion and she loved volcanoes...") and painfully predictable plot complications, repeated often enough that there's no need to take notes, except for the benefit of friends who fall asleep. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It seems almost beside the point to bring up the notion of plotting and characterization in such an effects-driven film ; nobody's going to rush out to catch Dante's Peak on account of the Shakespearean-caliber thespians involved. show more

  • May 11, 2011 Sweetrose
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    Many viewers enjoy a film with action and thrills.This flick is amazing,in that one finds both! We find small natural occurrences in this pacific northwest town of Dante\'s Peak. Pierce Brosnan (Mrs. Doubtfire fame) plays Henry,the male hero.He and neighbor Rachel (Hamilton of the Terminator series),work against time to save their precious town from the volcano its residents live under.Man cannot help but think of the sad storms and natural earthquakes that have recently destroyed the environment and killed thousands.Like in a similar film Volcano(Jones and Heche drama),humanity becomes a precious treasure to save and honor.Unfortunately,it is important to keep in mind that Mother nature may have some wicked plans we must heed and listen to.She is a sly fox that we do sometimes manage to win a war against.Cheers and bravo to Hamilton,Brosnan, and the cast!

  • March 26, 2010 Monikachenyj
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