Volcano
Volcano (1997)

Disaster visits jaded L.A. in the form of an underground volcano, not the big earthquake all the citizens expect. Shot on the largest set ever constructed in the U.S., in nearby Torrance, California, Volcano is a big-budget,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 18, 2001
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44%
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31%



Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy
Variety

Never generates a head of true excitement, partly because the characters remain constructs designed to perform defined functions, and partly due to the time-worn hokiness of the whole disaster-film format.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The coast may be toast, but it's the lava, covering everything like a malevolent tide of melted butter, that makes this a disaster picture that's tastier than usual.

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

Pre-millennium tension is still the best explanation for the recent tidal wave of disaster movies--which hasn't made it any less boring.

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Time Out

Jones and Heche work hard to dig up an emotional rapport from next to nothing, while the slow but inexorable progress of the lava makes for more suspense than the usual slam bang firework display.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Like the substantially better Twister, this film insists on a thunderous, exhausting pace that inevitably becomes deflating.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson
sbs.is

not mean to be taken seriously

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A host of characters is introduced in the opening scenes, but Volcano doesn't know what to do with them. It can't make us care.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Volcano is an absolutely standard, assembly-line undertaking; no wonder one of the extras is reading a paperback titled "Screenwriting Made Easy."

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

[The characters] aren't people; they're mere objects to stick in front of the flowing lava.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The second volcano disaster film released in 97 and clearly a different tone, didn't do as well as 'Dante's Peak' and its easy to see why.… More
Tim Salmons
Pretty forgettable.
Alex roy
Volcano is a decent disaster film with a good cast. Continuing the trend of epic disaster films, Volcano though engaging and somewhat entertaining and fun.… More
Lenny Muggsy
Retarded. Sexy Lava.
Dead Angel
The idea of volcano destroying the city was great. But representing the idea wasn't that great. Some of the scenes seemed a bit weird to me: Why was Kelly… More
Anthony Lawrie
I love it in the underground scene when a guy is standing in the lava and he throws a person to safety just before he melts. Brilliant. This film review is in… More

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