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Troy Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

    out of 100

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

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    In a league with Hollywood's top historical epics, ancient or otherwise. It's stunningly handsome film, with an equally stunning cast and engrossing story.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In Troy, and in overreaching, underachieving productions like it, digital imagery is fast becoming both a Trojan horse and Achilles' heel.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The result is a pageant long but not deep, noisy but not stirring, expensive but not sumptuous.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A protracted and uninvolving affair in which men battle over issues that audiences may struggle to find compelling, and no central figure emerges to take command of the film.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Entertainingly epic eye candy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know the movie has almost-constant battle violence with graphic and brutal injuries. The weapons include knives, swords, spears, arrows, and fire. Many characters are killed. The movie also has sexual references and situations and brief nudity. A virgin priestess is made available to the soldiers for rape as part of the spoils of war, but this is unacceptable to one of the warriors.

  • Families can talk about how this story has continued to be vital and meaningful for generations throughout the centuries. Which elements of the story are relevant to contemporary conflicts? The treatment of prisoners? The role of advisors?
  • Achilles was given the choice between a happy life and eternal fame. Why did he decide in favor of glory? What did he mean by saying that the gods envy us because we are mortal?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie, which is based on The Illiad, should be about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris, but it is really more about fighting.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Not a lot of positive role models.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Extreme, intense, and graphic battle violence with swords, knives, spears, and fire; many characters brutally killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations including threesome, reference to rape, nudity.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine.

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