BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Pompeii Reviews

By Drax Largo on February 21st, 2014

Critic Reviews for Pompeii

via Rotten Tomatoes

Narrative has never been Anderson’s strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron’s already-corny Titanic.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
 

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A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting …

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
 

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Pompeii, the new historical-kitsch disaster movie, raises the question: Is there something about ancient classical settings that inspires actors to act badly?

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
 

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Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: ReelViews
 

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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.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
 

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If 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.

February 20, 2014Full Review Source: NPR
 

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One of history’s worst calamity’s becomes a movie mashup of Titanic’s doomed love and Gladiator’s sword-and-sandal arena combat, with an erupting volcano as the central — and most interesting — character.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
 

Toledo Blade

The visual effects, which only become more important as the film progresses, vary in quality.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: IGN Movies
 

IGN Movies

There are few other action filmmakers who can bring such enthusiasm to wanton destruction, racking up a massive body count and yet ensuring that the carnage goes down as smoothly as an overly buttered piece of popcorn.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
 

Paste Magazine

At the risk of sacrificing my critical integrity, I am forced to admit that Pompeii is a blast.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: CraveOnline
 

CraveOnline

Please erupt, Vesuvius.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Boston Herald
 

Boston Herald

No matter how much lava is afoot, there’s always time to impale one more person with a sword.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Grantland
 

Grantland

Sutherland is the best thing in the film, with his sad eyes and ruthless attitude. He is stuck with clichéd lines, the which he delivers in that glorious, rumbly voice that adds gravitas where it didn’t previously exist.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
 

Killer Movie Reviews

The movie gives off a vibe as if it were written in reverse. After all, Anderson and his screenwriters had a slam-bang finale. They just didn’t pay much attention to the first three-fourths of the film leading up to the apocalyptic climax.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
 

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The closing images-of a self-annihilating, all-consuming passion that will be preserved for centuries-[obliterate] the line between the ridiculous and the sublime.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
 

Film Comment Magazine

It’s Titanic meets Gladiator, but not as good as either. If you don’t have time to read the rest of the review, that should do you just fine.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
 

Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

By the time the inevitable eruption occurs, you may be on Team Vesuvius.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com
 

MLive.com

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.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Vulture
 

Vulture

With characters this drippy and dramatics this deadly, you’ll end up rooting for the volcano to win.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
 

Blu-ray.com

It’s all as ridiculous as you’d expect, but the special effects are pretty decent and the sword fights are all moderately exciting, so that counts as a good day at the office for a film like ‘Pompeii.’

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis
 

Suburban Journals of St. Louis

The thinking seems to be that when you already know that everyone is going to die at the end it makes it kind of hard to make any plot interesting so why not try them all out and see if any stick.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Flixist.com
 

Flixist.com

If you find yourself sucked into a showing of Pompeii, take the sage wisdom of the band Pompeii and just close your eyes. Some ear plugs wouldn’t hurt either.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: COED.com
 

COED.com

As gaudy genre uproar goes, this isn’t bad.

February 21, 2014Full Review Source: Reason Online
 

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