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Action . Adventure . History . Romance . Drama

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, 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.

Actors: Kit Harington , Carrie-Anne Moss , Emily Browning , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , Jessica Lucas , Jared Harris , Joe Pingue , Kiefer Sutherland , Currie Graham , Ron Kennell
Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release: 2014-02-21
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  • Bilge Ebiri

    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."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, Pompeii accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Fortunately, Pompeii’s second half is tailor-made for Anderson’s established skill set, unfolding over a matter of hours, with many scenes set in and under a gladiatorial amphitheatre that recalls the arenas, subterranean tunnels, and cavernous vessels of Anderson’s best movies.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    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. Full Review
  • Tom Russo

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

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    What Anderson delivers this one time is a genuine spectacle, a gladiator movie with a volcano in the middle of it.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Miriam Bale

    Mr. Anderson displays his mastery as a director in the sword-fighting scenes... But the glares and eye rolls that bookend these scenes are what make this film both GIF-ready and campy fun.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Anderson distinguishes himself as the rare action director who shows us real bodies in real space in real reaction to each other, who prizes legibility over quick-cut dazzlement, who stages his fights with comic-book zeal rather than puffed-up graphic-novel miserableness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Most of the film is a chintzy but watchable B-movie knockoff of "Gladiator," with Kit Harington, the English actor from "Game of Thrones," mustering very little in the way of facial expressivity in the role of Milo.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    A wildly flawed but fitfully diverting picture.

    Time Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    No doubt the audiences in the Coliseum would offer a thumbs-up to the scale of the destruction, though even they might have had some quibbles about the special effects, which, too often, resemble a very large pile of melting crayons.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one-dimensional characters

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

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

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Amon Warmann

    Pompeii make tick all the necessary movie checkboxes, but its execution is unoriginal and uninspired.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Anderson’s Pompeii doesn’t sweat the human stuff. His camera is mostly trained on the big picture: billowing smoke, tidal-waves, fireballs streaking through the sky. What’s happening to the people on the ground doesn’t matter, so long as we’re aware that 95 percent of them are being squashed or torched.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Ken McIntyre

    While it offers spectacular CGI devastation and a chiselled hero, Pompeii is so soulless and empty that you won’t shed any tears when the ‘cano blows its top.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Owen Williams

    Over-reaching and unintentionally amusing, this is straight-to-video quality inexplicably delivered at blockbuster scale. A thunderous volca-NO.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Pompeii delivers the goods – well, at least during its final 20 minutes.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Pompeii just feels like an excuse to rain digital terror on screaming extras. There’s much to see here, but little to feel, and even less to remember.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Paul W.S. Anderson, best known for the “Resident Evil” franchise and 2011’s “The Three Musketeers,” creates harrowing simulations of the disaster. It’s enough to make you want him to ditch the story altogether.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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. Full Review
  • 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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    It fails to offer as single compelling character as a sacrifice to the angry volcano.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    It's a spectacle, all right -- but mostly just of a lot of people, some of whom should know better, making an utter ash of themselves.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Shockingly, the violent release of smoke, fire, and meteoric debris is positioned more as a climactic afterthought than as the main attraction.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    There’s not enough villainy—nor lip-smacking comeuppance—to justify a smiting by ash or falling column. The movie in your head melts ten times better.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you were promised. But it's too bad it's such a repetitive, unengaging, glaringly digital experience and worse than that, you'll have to sit through the disaster that is the rest of movie.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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