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2/23/2014 by Christy LemireIs it wrong to root for the volcano?
2/21/2014 by Joshua RothkopfParmageddon is nigh in this cheesy action melodrama that feels both overheated with plot developments, yet strangely curdled from a lack of histrionics that might have redeemed it as fun trash.
2/21/2014 by Drew HuntNarrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic.
2/21/2014 by Wesley MorrisNo matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.
Globe and Mail
2/21/2014 by Liam LaceyA mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...
New York Magazine/Vulture
2/21/2014 by Bilge EbiriMore 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.
2/21/2014 by Owen GleibermanPompeii, the new historical-kitsch disaster movie, raises the question: Is there something about ancient classical settings that inspires actors to act badly?
2/21/2014 by James BerardinelliPompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess.
2/21/2014 by Stephen WhittyIt'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.
2/21/2014 by Glenn KennyThe action scenes are choice, and once the clouds of ash and shooting fire and churning seas start up, "Pompeii" achieves a momentum that most sensationalist studio fare can't touch.
2/20/2014 by Ignatiy VishnevetskyLike its director's horror hybrids, Pompeii values self-determination over survival, which makes for better, brisker, less convoluted genre storytelling.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
2/20/2014 by Cary DarlingPompeii has as much to do with realism and history as the average gas station has with gourmet cuisine and fine dining. If you're hankering for something substantive, you'll leave hungry.
2/20/2014 by Ian BuckwalterIf there were a hint of a sense of play or humor in the filmmaking, beyond a briefly amusing moment of comeuppance for a foppish slaveowner, Pompeii might be a fun February diversion instead of a dull, eye-rolling slog.
2/20/2014 by Claudia PuigPompeii is a Titanic wannabe with a romance between a rich girl and a poor boy set against a natural disaster.
New York Times
2/20/2014 by Miriam BaleIn "Pompeii," Mr. Anderson's latest 3-D extravaganza, and his first film without Ms. Jovovich since 2008, he seems to be without visual focus.
2/20/2014 by Stephanie MerryHarington transformed his body for the role, but here's the real disaster: His startlingly defined six-pack abs are the most memorable part of his character.
Los Angeles Times
2/20/2014 by Gary GoldsteinPart sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, "Pompeii" accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect.
2/20/2014 by Tom RussoYou wonder if Paul W.S. Anderson is a director who might feel disrespected.
2/20/2014 by Barbara VanDenburghOne of the most bloodless films to ever kill thousands of people in a fell swoop.
2/20/2014 by Peter HowellThe drama is deadly but the volcano's a blast, making Pompeii something less than the complete disaster you might expect.
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