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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 21 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If you think of Pompeii as a ride, a conveyance for special effects, and not anything resembling an emotional experience, indifference can almost be a good thing. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one-dimensional characters show more

  • NA
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    It’s impossible to find anything that grabs you in Pompeii. This lumpen adventure with a misguided romance buries anything in the disaster-flick genre that might have been a blast. show more

  • 30
    Jordan Mintzer The Hollywood Reporter

    While Anderson excels in the film’s many moments of digital doom-and-gloom, he can’t deliver a single authentic emotion between the two star-crossed leads, leaving us with a sooty aftertaste of having sat through one very loud rendition of Titanic in togas. show more

  • 30
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    Anderson's repeated hurling of flaming volcanic projectiles directly at the screen — the dominant feature of the latter third of Pompeii — is firmly in the lovably trashy spirit of the '50s drive-in. show more

  • 35
    Jordan Hoffman

    The first sixty minutes of Pompeii are awful, bordering on unwatchable... The final forty-five minutes of the movie however are, by sheer force of will, irrefutably entertaining. At least there’s raining death in the form of fireballs smashing up the place. show more

  • 63
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    Anderson’s stab at rendering the Mount Vesuvius catastrophe with a 3-D “Titanic” gloss. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    What Anderson delivers this one time is a genuine spectacle, a gladiator movie with a volcano in the middle of it. show more

  • 63

    This is a surprisingly old-fashioned disaster movie. In point of fact its old-fashioned-ness is really the only surprising thing about this eye-popping 3D spectacle. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie is so grand in scale that you can’t help surrender to the spectacle, even if the stuff that’s going on with the people in the film is often close to risible. show more

  • August 10, 2014 Keltkrose
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    I just watched Pompeii on HBO.It held me throughout the movie.It was a terrific action movie. Kit Harington was fabulous.

  • May 22, 2014 Robert Dean
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    magnifico! i am so, so glad i saw "pompeii" tonight! this is the finest movie ever made, in my opinion! the story line, the music, the special effects! everyone deserves an academy award, in my opinion. how did they make this movie? how? this is a true story, people! see it!! i want this movie for my own private collection! i have read some of the stupid, idiotic reviews other people have given it! how dare they say the things they say? this movie, mark my word, will go down in history, as one of the most technically perfect, beautiful, well-wrought, absolutely beautiful movies ever, ever made!!

  • April 03, 2014 tangopablo1
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    full of fire, blood and love and hate, not a bad story

  • March 15, 2014 bethaniebanks
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    This movie was actually a great movie! Yes it is cliche, but what movie isn't? The special affects are amazing. I know some of the parts of the movie are not accurate according to history, but the movie has spice. Overall, I really liked the movie. It isn't terrible like people are saying. See it!

  • March 02, 2014 kilmoon
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    I liked it OK, but my sister hated it! We had visited the real Pompei this fall and were interested in seeing the movie. They could have done more with it. There was an awful lot of fighting scenes and didn't really show how life was there. Very few people survived when the city was buried.

  • March 02, 2014 hdridera
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    eye candy but looked more like a made for tv movie they decided to release on the big screen wait for video release

  • February 28, 2014 CHERYL
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    I rate this MINUS ZERO!!! Worst movie of all time. They ALL DIE. Every single one. This was not a love story. The movie was such a waste of time and money. I never expected to not like this movie. I was just terrible. Not realistic! Terrible acting!

  • February 27, 2014 tmmygodett
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    It was ok...of course it wouldn't have worked w/o waiting for the volcano to go...Keiffer (evil Roman) was the most intersting charcter..yes i know he was the bad guy. id give it 2 1/2 stars.

  • February 26, 2014 LES
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  • February 26, 2014 gd1946
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    absolutely worthless. very strained dialogue and mediocre special effects. Do not waste your money.


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