Pompeii 3D Synopsis
In the days prior to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, a slave tries to save the woman he loves.

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Critic Ratings


Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Anderson’s stab at rendering the Mount Vesuvius catastrophe with a 3-D “Titanic” gloss.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
What Anderson delivers this one time is a genuine spectacle, a gladiator movie with a volcano in the middle of it.
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This is a surprisingly old-fashioned disaster movie. In point of fact its old-fashioned-ness is really the only surprising thing about this...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A campy guilty pleasure that serves up a “Gladiator’’ knockoff as an appetizer to the impressively flame-filled main course.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one-dimensional characters
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By 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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Jordan Mintzer
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...
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By Ian Buckwalter
Anderson's repeated hurling of flaming volcanic projectiles directly at the screen — the dominant feature of the latter third of Pompeii —...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If you think of Pompeii as a ride, a conveyance for special effects, and not anything resembling an emotional experience, indifference can...
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Special effects great but story was poor

By simonrtaylor
We went to see this movie expecting a story woven into the mystery, history and splendor of the ancient roman city. Of course the computer rendering of pompeii was what we've come to expect in...


By karlelaine
I don't know who writes the critic reviews!! Four of us (60+) just returned from seeing Pompeii and we all liked it very much (not for young children as it might be too frightening). The graphics...

Fun in 3D, Plot was a bit corny

By RMillercp
The movie had some good gladiator scenes, and lots of fun 3D graphics like falling ash and rocks flying at your head.. but.. I think the plot itself was a bit corny....

An Entertaining Look

By the_ordinary_critic
It's an entertaining attempt at telling the story of the people devastated by this historical event. How they (may have) lived, loved and died. Found it a bit lacking, since this attempt was focused...

save your money

By drpurple25
Very disappointing on all levels. Keiffer Sutherland was particularly terrible and I usually love him. The 3 D special effects were OK, but overall no one in our family thought it was good movie....


By johnsodebbie
Special affects were the best part of the movie. Too much focus on the gladiator fight scenes and not enough story about the people of Pompeii....

Good Movie

By monalisa2475414
If you want to see good special effects, a good love story, gladiators fighting to their death and how Pompeii might have been like back in the day you should GO and see it. Kit Harrington is so...

pleasantly surprised!

By ewells187
This was a gripping, exciting, and extremely violent movie. I think it should have been rated R. The graphics were amazing. It was worth the price of an IMAX 3D ticket...

Like a Saturday morning cartoon and not in a good way

By tdom2001
The dialogue and characters are super cheese ball. Each conversation felt like it was lifted straight out of a pokemon knockoff. Each character was like a parody of basic characters from a period...

Good Movie

By nicolevanhaaren
I loved watching Pompeii in 3d. The storyline was easy to follow and everyone did an excellent job playing their characters. Did not like the ending was hoping for a better turn around but in the end...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Historical epic is light on plot, heavy on carnage.
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