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On DVD: May. 20, 2014 | On Blu-ray: May. 20, 2014

Pompeii Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

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    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

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

  • rolemodels true2

    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
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    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 false1

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

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

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

Fan Reviews provided by


Edge of Seat by crazyboylover
Loved this movie! Had me on the edge of my seat. Graphics were great and the music played perfectly along with the events going on. Perfect rating for this movie as young kids could go see it. Was gory at some parts but was expected for the type of move it is. Lots of action and good story line. Really loved the intenseness of it.


good but... by shadow2day
Had that in-between feeling of meh and something else... wasn't really feeling any empathy towards none of the characters, i can't piece it. but it just missed a crucial key. which could've made it great. still a good watch though..


Pompeii by markmcnelley
Outstanding movie in terms of historic events, brotherhood, love, deception, challange, power, belief, and fear of the unknown. Action packed and well worth my time and money. This move is for mature adults with understanding of the past, present, and future.


This volcano will go on and on... by FilmFan616
There was no new ground covered here, except with lava. Pompeii was a blend of 300, Spartacus, and Titanic. I would guess that the most of the cast came from the CW channel (young, dewy, pouty-lipped, and toned). The CGI was decent as was the script.


Ignore the critics! by padrepmk
Pompeii reminded me of a sweeping epic from the good old days of Hollywood: starkly good and bad characters; larger-than-life action; and great special effects. I grant you that if indie movies and esoteric(but pretentiously dull as dirt) plots are your gig, then this is not your movie. But if you like doomed love, heroic self-sacrifice, and Mother Nature at her most wrathful....then this is your flick! I plan on going again.


It's the land version of Titanic by bobbymanning5831
These poeple basically made Titanic again, but except this time used a volcano instead of the boat. It took an hour before it got interesting. They added this horribly stupid love story to get people to watch. The only highlight to the movie was when I bought the ticket, I got another ticket voucher to see a good movie later.


Pompeii by srmenglisuh1
We already knew the ending so the beginning and middle were important to the story. Lots of blood and guts. The good guy gets his woman. The scenery was awesome, the volcano looked pretty real together with the earthquakes the volcano produced. I thought Keifer Sutherland's English accent left a lot to be desired. All in all a half decent period movie that was entertaining.


Another lemon from Hollywood by rundanerun
The two main actors in this movie must be related to a big time producer or director. Horrible acting, lame story. Decent special effects. Save your money


Soooo Predictable by ereber
I mean a volcano blows and a city is buried in ash and fire. Oldest story in the book. I think this happened to some greek province back in the day. I just want some originality in my films. Couldn't it have been aliens? Thank goodness I had Kit Harington's abs to distract me from this endless parade of cliches.


Keeps you engaged by poofalala
Action movie meets romance. Good special effects. Keeps your attention thru out movie and provides good entertainment for 1 1/2 hours. Would recommend worth seeing - Unlike the review below we did not see it in 3 d so for 10.50 it was well worth watching.