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  • Summary: Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano pushes to the surface, raining a storm of deadly firebombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned City of Angels in this pulse-pounding action thriller! (Fox)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: John Krewson
    90
    Deft filmmaking that allows the special effects to help, not be, the story combines with an actual script to make Volcano a smart, self-aware, and most of all fun disaster movie.
  2. 75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    The secret of Volcano's success as a better-than-average disasterama is its nonstop pace.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Kamiya
    50
    A flatulent blast of superheated air from the seething bowels of Hollywood, features all the usual idiocies -- implausibility on an epic scale, bogus "human interest" elements, plot developments that offer all the surprises of a Bob Dole speech.
  5. 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.
  6. Congratulations to director Mick Jackson and writers Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray for liberating themselves from the tedious demands of believability.
  7. Reviewed by: David Plotz
    30
    Volcano is just another $100 million genre movie, and a pretty lousy one, to boot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    8
    This movie is epic, but the movie is unrealistic. Think about it...a volcano randomly growing in Los Angeles? That doesn't sound right at all! Believe me, it's a good movie, but to me it isn't as good as Dante's Peak. Watch both and you pick the better. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2013
    6
    The story is ridiculous, a volcano in the middle of L.A.? It's hard to believe and kind of hard to follow. The story starts out very strong, but descends into chaos as everything happens at once. A lot is going on and it's a jumble of impossible acts, which include stopping lava with a bus, a blown up building, and finally the sewers. At points it's more than just impossible, it's ridiculous! The only reason I liked this movie is Tommy Lee Jones, I love Jones and he once again shows that he can carry a film on his back. He's done it before, he'll do it again, and he did it here. Without Jones, this movie stinks, it's his distinctive, energetic, and authoritative personality which makes this film interesting. The movie is utterly ridiculous, yet Jones keeps you interested. Volcano may not be a movie you run out and buy, but if it's on cable, Jones will definitely keep your attention and get you to watch it. Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2014
    6
    Volcano is no "Dante's Peak", but it provides a quick, cheap fix for disaster movie junkies. The special effects are the downfall here; they could've been improved greatly. Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    3
    Volcano is a shallow, effects heavy disaster movie that looks and feels like a Roland Emmerich film, which is not meant as a complement. Volcano just feels empty of emotion, common sense and character. It substitutes all of it for special effects that are now incredibly dated leaving a film with very few redeeming features. That being said, Tommy Lee Jones is always reliable in almost anything he is in and is a entertaining lead. He is let down by Anne Heche who isn't bad, but she is miscast with her never meshing with the film. That may be because the script is awful but it's probably the fact the film feels chaotic and she is always bizarrely chirpy. In fact the films chaotic feel actually makes the whole film seem messy which isn't helped by the fact the story is borderline nonsensical. Overall it's a film that hasn't held up over time due to some terrible writing, casting and special effects. All in all it's really really bad. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2014
    0
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