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Pompeii Review Critics


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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Historical epic is light on plot, heavy on carnage.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pompeii is a gladiator tale set in the last days of the doomed Roman city, and is very heavy on combat and carnage. Gladiators fight to the death, soldiers massacre villagers, prisoners batter each other over petty slights, and numerous scenes end with piles of corpses in the background. There's hardly any swearing, sex, or drinking to interrupt the fight scenes, just lots and lots of death.

  • Families can talk about history in movies. How does Pompeii compare with other historical epics? Does it seem accurate? Does the natural disaster take a back seat to the story unfolding within the city.
  • Do you think the many, many scenes of battle should have earned the film a stronger MPAA rating? What methods did the filmmakers use to lessen the impact of the violence?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Facing death is easier when your friends and loved one are beside you. Also, stand up for what you believe in.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Though Milo is a slave, he refuses to surrender his dignity and instead is willing to make great sacrifices to help a friend and the woman he loves. Cassia is a strong young woman who's unafraid of standing up for herself.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: It's a gladiator film, so there's near non-stop violence. Men use swords, spears, knives, and other weapons to kill, stab, and pummel each other. Sometimes they batter people with their bare hands. There are piles of corpses left at the end of several scenes, though few of the deaths are gory. A massive volcanic eruption destroys a city and kills most of its residents in extensive, explosive scenes. Some scenes show ash-covered corpses after a volcanic eruption.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few suggestive comments as a woman examines a man. One scene shows a couple kissing passionately.

  • language false0

    Language: One character calls a woman a "bitch," once.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes show people drinking wine at parties.