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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    With its fake-looking technology and empty characters, Volcano eventually becomes as obvious as its what-if premise. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    In fact, this is one of the best pure disaster movies ever made (not that it has much competition). Congratulations to director Mick Jackson for a job well done. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This disaster film has action from the get-go; but its awesome special effects hide a laughably corny plot, and for a picture about terror from the depths, its characters are ridiculously shallow. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Congratulations to director Mick Jackson and writers Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray for liberating themselves from the tedious demands of believability. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In a few sound bites, we get the picture and the picture's motto: the smug and selfish coast is an order of disaster-flick toast waiting to burn. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a surprisingly cheesy disaster epic. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The fun is in the mayhem, and there's plenty of it. show more

  • 60

    But for anyone willing to swallow a large pinch of salt there is much to enjoy in the film's numerous nail-munching, white-knuckle set-pieces variously employing firetruck ladders, subway trains and a finale so ridiculous that it just... might... work. show more

  • 30
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Crucial to the nature of the disaster film -- and something that Irwin Allen knew so very well -- is that films of this sort depend on an emotional hook, a peg of normalcy to hang the chaos from. Volcano offers no such hook, and as a result it plays like some La Brea dinosaur risen from the tar, all effects and no heart. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    I had a pretty good time at Volcano. The reason I didn't have a better time is that the characters aren't just schlocky, they're boring. show more

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