YMMV / Dante's Peak

  • Cliché Storm: Protagonist lost his spouse in the same disaster many years ago and is still hung up about it? Check. Jaded superior who insists that they need proof only for him to be, of course, wrong, and subsequently die a Karmic Death? Check. Most annoying character who refused to come down from the mountain and thus endangered the lives of the others dies? Check. Dog survives? Check. Big final blow-you-out-of-your-seat special effects sequence? Check. Token Romance? Check... And yet, for all that, it still manages to be good.
    • The dog surviving is more of a Necessary Weasel than a Cliché. Anyone who kills a dog has just lost their audience, even if it is fiction. (Unless they are aiming for an award...)
  • Ending Fatigue: The volcano has blown, he's trapped in the truck, the team discovers the blinking light, the rescue, fly away. Could've been condensed. Still a good movie which tries to get the science right.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Narm:
    • The group singing "Row Row Row Your Boat" as they float across the acidic lake while it's eating through the metal hull. Or it could be Nightmare Fuel. Or one followed by the other.
    • If you want to ruin an important character's death, using a Stock Scream is a good way to do it.
  • Squick: Let's say that you really don't want to skinny-dip in boiling water or fall into a lake full of sulfuric acid, you see mangled third-degree-burns both on the skinny dippers and Ruth.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Although some CGI was used (specifically for the lava), the majority of the film's visual effects were done either practically, or with very large miniatures, such as the bridge sequence, and holds up quite well today.
    • The dam burst (the miniature was something like 30 feet tall) and the pyroclastic flow are particularly impressive.