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

By Mark10017
Titanic on land meets Day After Tomorrow meets Gladiator. What a waste of $18.50..... Sorry excuse for an "action" film. Formulaic. Trite. CGI Special Effects are poorly done.......


By markmcnelley
Outstanding movie in terms of historic events, brotherhood, love, deception, challange, power, belief, and fear of the unknown. Action packed and well worth my time and money. This move is for...

Ignore the critics!

By padrepmk
Pompeii reminded me of a sweeping epic from the good old days of Hollywood: starkly good and bad characters; larger-than-life action; and great special effects. I grant you that if indie movies and...

Jack Bauer is a Senator of Rome!

By gicounts
This is definitely a must see movie for the big screen. We saw the 2D version and it was great - excellent character development, really good story line and stuff blowing up all over. Just doesn't...


By lbrande
I just returned from a trip to Italy, and of course, Pompeii was a must see. I was impressed to some extent that the graphics recreated most of the city, but somewhat unimpressed that the movie had...

Pompeii is a crowd pleaser

By marklvslinda
Pompeii is a large, visual spectacle that tries to be many things--love story, disaster flick, struggle of good against evil, buddy flick, and action movie. It succeeds on most of these fronts. The...

Pompeii-A Good Movie

By manning466
Pompeii was good. We really enjoyed it. Good accuracy with historical backdrop and facts. Special effects, cinematography were excellent. While it was pg-13, it was too violent for young children....

Troy meets Titanic is a Visual Delight

By Pineshimmer
The movie is beautiful and the digital effects are flawless. The director made some very good choices regarding the existence of the "gods" and left it to the viewer to determine if the "gods" were...


By tmpridgeon
The realistic depiction of the eruption is absolutely amazing. Good story line as well, with some strong performances, but Vesuvius, as would seem appropriate, steals the show....

Worth seeing.

By triciabevivino
Great story, lots of action (not a dull moment) and good actors. The chemistry between the characters, (not just the hunky Kit Harington and Emily Browning) was believable and dynamic....

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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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