In the days prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave tries to save the woman he loves.
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" A campy guilty pleasure that serves up a "Gladiator'' knockoff as an appetizer to the impressively flame-filled main course. "
" Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, "Pompeii" accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect. "
" Unlike most city-go-smash setpieces, this is vibrant and surprising, only occasionally rote, the shots of screaming crowds and raining fire a skin over the heart and muscle of a story better told than many. "
" You wonder if Paul W.S. Anderson is a director who might feel disrespected. "
" A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ... "
" All elements of the ancient catastrophe are rendered with the most up-to-the-minute CG technology. So the special effects are first rate. The story they serve, not so much. "
" Harington 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. "
" 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. "
" In "Pompeii," Mr. Anderson's latest 3-D extravaganza, and his first film without Ms. Jovovich since 2008, he seems to be without visual focus. "
" Is it wrong to root for the volcano? "
" I share Canet's affection for Sidney Lumet films full of scraggly sideburns and big brown Fleetwoods the size of the QE2. But if you really appreciated those movies, you'd use your memories of them to jumpstart something new. "
" Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic. "
" Oh my sweet Jove it is boring. "
" One of the most bloodless films to ever kill thousands of people in a fell swoop. "
" Parmageddon 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. "
" Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess. "
" Pompeii is a fascinating mystery, with enormous possibilities that the movie utterlyignores. "
" Pompeii is a Titanic wannabe with a romance between a rich girl and a poor boy set against a natural disaster. "
" Pompeii, the new historical-kitsch disaster movie, raises the question: Is there something about ancient classical settings that inspires actors to act badly? "
" The drama is deadly but the volcano's a blast, making Pompeii something less than the complete disaster you might expect. "
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