Critics Consensus

This big-budget sword-and-sandal adventure lacks the energy and storytelling heft to amount to more than a guilty pleasure.



Total Count: 162


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User Ratings: 46,520
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Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. -- (C) Sony


Jared Harris
as Severus
Paz Vega
as Strigana
Currie Graham
as Bellator
Sasha Roiz
as Proculus
Dylan Schombing
as Young Milo
Rebecca Eady
as Milo's Mother
Jean Frenette
as Boss Slaver
Joe Pingue
as Graecus
Maxine Savaria
as Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell
as The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr.
as Cassia's Carriage Driver
Emmanuel Kabongo
as African Gladiator
Brock Johnson
as Flashback Centurion
Kristina Nicoll
as Rich Wife #1
Janine Theriault
as Rich Wife #2
Mark Whelan
as Ship's Captain
Anais Frenette
as Harbour Child
Donna Christo
as Harbour Mother
Thomas Stumpo
as Harbour Boy
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Critic Reviews for Pompeii

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Audience Reviews for Pompeii

  • Jan 23, 2017
    Let's start with the positive: the movie looks great, the visuals and effects really work. Little else does, though. The cast acts wooden, the story is predictable and boring, borrowing many elements from Gladiator and the end is cheesy as hell. Overall a real waste of time.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2014
    From a narrative point of view, this is an uninspired hodgepodge that simply recycles every cliché and convention of the genre (including an indestructible villain), being only worth it for the amusing, great-looking catastrophe, the nice score and Kit Harington's spectacular abs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2014
    If you don't know the story but seen the trailer then you will probably guess how it all ends, It did feel like a B-movie version of Gladiator, With some poor acting and dialogue, It plods along with some ok action scenes nothing new, I must admit when the volcano erupts it got better, The effects were pretty good and entertaining, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version but I would of thought it wouldn't of made a great deal of difference, It's an ok film with some ok action, Great special effects but nothing more.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2014
    The volcano ain't the only disaster vying for screen time in this block-bust of a flick. Chief among the disasters is Kiefer Sutherland, who puts on ill-fitting airs and an absurd British accent that seems to have been developed to entertain the minions at a children's garden party in North Hollywood. Kit Harington has lost any luster rubbed off from the Game of Thrones series, deadpanning his way through the muddle. The script is silly and defies probability. However, the special effects are pretty awesome with lots of hell fire and explosions to entertain the otherwise bored audience.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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