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63

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Anderson’s stab at rendering the Mount Vesuvius catastrophe with a 3-D “Titanic” gloss.
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63

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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63

RogerEbert.com

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.
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50

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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50

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 film is often close to risible.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one-dimensional characters
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35

Film.com

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 force of will, irrefutably entertaining. At least there’s raining death in the form of fireballs smashing up the place.
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30

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 star-crossed leads, leaving us with a sooty aftertaste of having sat through one very loud rendition of Titanic in togas.
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30

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
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.
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25

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 almost be a good thing.
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39 out of 100
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