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  • Summary: In 79 A.D., Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Expand
  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 105 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 11 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Feb 23, 2014
    70
    More fun than any civilization’s fiery extinction should ever be, Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii 3-D is gloriously exciting kitsch – a poor man’s "Titanic" crossed with an even poorer man’s "Gladiator."
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Feb 20, 2014
    63
    Anderson’s stab at rendering the Mount Vesuvius catastrophe with a 3-D “Titanic” gloss.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 19, 2014
    60
    While more coherent than much of Anderson’s recent work, the film proves less successful at combining destruction and damsel-in-distress storytelling within the same frame, serving up blurry images of Milo trying to rescue Cassia while the city crumbles around them.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 26, 2014
    40
    Pompeii delivers the goods – well, at least during its final 20 minutes.
  5. Reviewed by: Amon Warmann
    May 3, 2014
    40
    Pompeii make tick all the necessary movie checkboxes, but its execution is unoriginal and uninspired.
  6. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Feb 21, 2014
    30
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 20, 2014
    0
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 41
  2. Negative: 15 out of 41
  1. Mar 20, 2014
    10
    i am giving this movie a 10 because i feel it deserves a higher score. after reading a few reviews i felt like i shouldn't bother watching this but it was fairly good with amazing cgi and good acting. I may have been forced to like it because of kit harrington but even non game of thrones fans should admit he didnt do a bad job. i would recommend this to people who are interested by history and to people who enjoy watching mass destruction. id defnitley say the story wasnt the best but not terrible. Expand
  2. May 23, 2014
    9
    With entertaining arena battles, likable characters, despicable villains, and the ever looming threat of the destruction on Pompeii, the film remains an absolute blast even before the apocalypse-like destruction starts. The only thing that falls short here is the romance, which feels forced. The leads lack chemistry and the whole romance is just unbelievable. I get that the story of this movie had to make concessions with the amount of time it would take to build up a believable romance, but the love at first sight thing doesn't work here and it could have been done a lot better. So it's no Titanic even though it had the potential to be, but it gives the audience a couple to root for, and overall everything else turned out fantastic. I also wasn't here for the love story, so I wasn't that disappointed. I for one found it to be one heck of a ride, and my overall score is a 9.9/10=Near-Perfect. Expand
  3. May 4, 2014
    6
    Pompeii has moments were I see greatness in how the movie was filmed and times were it becomes a little embarrassing. As a whole the director seem to try and make a movie that was action packed, suspenseful and incorporate a love story that would all come together but in the end came up a little short. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2014
    4
    Anderson's film does a decent job in making ancient Pompeii come to life. You get a sense of what differentiates Romans from the citizens of Pompeii, the geography and culture of the place, and the production values seem solid enough for what was probably a mid-to-lower end of high-budget film. However, the visual effects, which only become more important as the film progresses, vary in quality. Director Paul W.S. Anderson and his writers borrow heavily from Best Picture winners Titanic and Gladiator for their decidedly not-Oscar-worthy disaster epic Pompeii. But if you just want to see mother nature lose her s**t then Pompeii has enough to satiate your craving for molten mayhem. Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2014
    3
    It wants to be Gladiator + Titanic, but ends up being an empty ripoff of both. The protagonist is a horseman who gets enslaved after his tribe is massacred...and that's it. This being a disaster, people die one by one in exactly the order you expect, with trite, meaningless last lines. The effects look computer generated even in 3D. Historical accuracy is optional.

    The film's high points are eye candy (Kit Harrington or Emily Browning, whichever floats your boat) and the occasional moment where you do get a glimpse of the city itself.

    The low points are a meaningless romance, ludicrously contrived plotting, and dreadful casting. There are a lot of well-known character actors who have no business playing ancient Romans. The film's ending brought unintended laughter to my screening. Just stick to watching Game of Thrones.
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  6. May 25, 2014
    2
    The movie is dreadful. The story is about as interesting as a rock. The destruction is the only thing to look forward to and even that was terrible. The effects were annoyingly all digital. Expand
  7. May 4, 2014
    0
    I spit in the face of every movie of the Roman empire that shown sub-saharan africans as something "normal", in this movie there are more such actors than in the whole of Italy in the present. -_- Expand

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