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300: Rise of an Empire Review

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2.5

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  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 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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