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300: Rise of an Empire Review

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2.5

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  • 3.0
    47

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Stunningly shot and stupidly written.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Other than for the pleasure of watching Green try to conquer ancient Greece dressed as a distant forebearer of Catwoman, more is less and a little late in this long-aborning sequel.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The lack of a creative driver behind the film leads to a level of fundamental dissatisfaction. The movie delivers all the necessary elements but their impact is dull.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    This is digital fake-ism all the way. Audiences bought it the first time; they're likely to buy it a second time.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Anchored by Eva Green’s fearsome performance as a Persian naval commander whose vengeful bloodlust makes glowering King Xerxes seem a mere poseur, this highly entertaining time-filler lacks the mythic resonances that made “300” feel like an instant classic, but works surprisingly well on its own terms.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Rise of an Empire might have been essentially more of the same, but for one distinction that makes it 300 times better than its predecessor: Mere mortals of Athens, Sparta, and every city from Mumbai to Minneapolis, behold the magnificent Eva Green, and tremble!

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    The film belongs to Green — maybe the only actress ever to "graduate" from being a Bertolucci muse to a bloodthirsty action-flick dominatrix.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Even with the uniformly good performances — and the standout work from Ms. Green — 300: Rise of an Empire is foremost a triumph of production design, costumes, brilliantly choreographed battle sequences and stunning CGI.

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3

300 What? by phoen6xxx
I say that because this movie was not about the Spartans. It was about the Athenians who wanted the Spartans to fight with them against the god king but they wouldn't. So Lena Headley is given way too much script to talk talk talk talk in the front of the film and at the end. However, there are no Spartans. So what was great about it? It had action, violence, and a over the top sex scene. It was film in the style we were use to seeing in the first film. It was just missing a point and a story line that didn't make you want to go to sleep. Most important was this film missed the chance to finish telling the story of the Spartans and their war against King Xerxes. If you have a couple hours to kill this is fine, but this movie wasn't a sequel.

2

Not the movie we hoped for by dderyck
After having really enjoyed the first installment in this series, we were eager to see 300: Rise of an Empire. Unfortunately, this movie didn't even come close to living up to up to our expectations. We felt the script must have been thrown together at the last minute. The dialogue and script simply put ~ just sucked. Completely forced together and very unrealistic.

4

A couple things keep it from "Must Go" by wesfullenwider
You have to get past a couple bad parts in the movie. And I mean bad as in it doesn't belong in the movie and the movie would be better without it. First, the sex scene is just dumb and unnecessary. It's almost like they added it in as a joke. Second, staring. Lots of prolonged unnecessary staring that got old after awhile. Third, one line. ONE LINE that was said that really almost ruined the movie. You'll know what it is when you hear it. Other than those things, this movie is awesome and if you're really considering seeing it, you should go. However if you were only slightly interested and you don't care too much to see it then don't go. You'll find your money better spent on a different movie.

5

Super Good. by jbodre
300: Rise of an Empire was a superb film. This film had a very solid plot, the directing and cinematography were amazing. Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green had really good performances. But the best part of this film was the hard action from start to finish.

5

Great flick by alanpdunning
No censorship in regards to blood, violence, sex, language, etc....They way America used to be before we became wusified. And for you bleeding hearts that don't want your kids to see it, don't take them! Really good movie which expanded on 300 and the political climate of the City States in Greece.

3

300 Rise of the Empire by connieponzio
I thought it would be a little better. Story line was good, but the movie almost put me to sleep. The first movie was a lot better and more action.

1

Unrealistic by smtwaytwofast
The first 300 movie was pretty good, it was a historical viewing of the Spartan 300. However, this sequel to the 300 was not as good at all. 300-2 was not realistic at all, the naval battles was great, but to ride a horse over a bunch of sinking ships, no, ain't gonna happen... Not for Families, breast scenes, sex scenes, just doesn't seem realistic. Graphics were great, would have been a great movie if the realism would have been kept instead of making it seem so fake, and vulgar.

4

I wanted to see spartans and all I got was some weak Athenian farm boys by adamlawson
It is good. Eva green is awesome and so is Lena Headey. But Sullivan is no Gerard butler and Athens is no Sparta. The whole movie you just can't wait for the Spartans to show up. Kind of a bad choice on the creative team.

3

f-word, really not smart by bschaible
The first 300 was a great movie, then the cameras slowed down more, threw in the f-bomb multiple times, never needed it. Would have been just fine with the original 300 movie flair

3

Somewhat Entertaining by GlenFoulk
I went with the impression it was going to be as good as the first one, but I felt let down. I really think that the slow motion of the blood and guts was just a waste of time. I really think that the movie could of been better with out that. Just make the attack and move on.

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