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300 (2007)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 226
Fresh: 135 | Rotten: 91

A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 27

A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.



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Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. The massive army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the globe, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes


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Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael B. Gordon

Jul 31, 2007


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All Critics (226) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (91) | DVD (44)

300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (23)
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A muscle-magazine fantasy crossed with a video game and an Army recruiting film.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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300 was as pathetically puerile as I had expected.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (34)
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It might have been one of the great all-time mad, bad movies but for one thing - it's just sooo boring.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Part of the fascination of the Thermopylae story is that it really happened, and it helped define real heroism. There's nothing remotely like reality to be had in this film.

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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As to this pumped-up spectacle's other aims, it's anybody's guess: selling gladiatorial chest-beating as beefcake erotica? Combining a movie and its own video-game spin-off into one package? Being both a dessert topping and a floor wax?

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Our instinctual desire to sneer at the implausibility of the story is stalled by a sense of ambition that seems unmatched even by the standards of the Hollywood assembly line.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source:

So manly it makes Troy look like a Mary-Kate and Ashley adventure.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Wallowing in the same adolescent nihilism as his Sin City, this adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel suffers from a similar lack of momentum.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

As the first blockbuster of the year, 300 sets the bar high enough, and is enjoyably silly.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comment (1)

Despite a cracking central premise and outstanding visuals, 300 ultimately leaves you feeling more gutted than some of the disemboweled soldiers on display throughout the movie.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comments (2)
Digital Spy

If 300 represents an evolution in 'virtual' cinema, then at the same time it tells a story that transports us back to the violent roots of western civilisation.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
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July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Visually thrilling and viscerally satisfying.

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August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (17)

[Snyder] twists the brawn and battle into a cartoonish FX extravaganza with severed body parts and globules of blood flying across the screen.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

300 is a fun-fest of blood, mayhem, and absurdity. At its best, it is entertaining; when it's not at its best, it's pretty dumb. It's pretty dumb much of the time.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (2)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Zack Snyder's film version of the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley may look like the greatest music video ever made; whether or not it is a decent feature film is another question altogether.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

This is death and war as ancient poets might have imagined it, glorious and provocative ... 300 is a powerhouse actioner.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Kung Fu Cinema | Comments (3)

All this bellowing and testosterone gets old fast -- especially since there's not much of a plot outside of the combat scenes, and the not-much-of-a-plot scenes are laden with dialogue worthy of Anakin and Padmé.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper | Comments (12)
Washington City Paper

The look and feel of this historic battle is perfect for the virtual backgrounds and obscene violence. Again, trust me on the violence.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

300 is an orgy of gore, a blood-letting on a titanic scale, a ballet of butchery in which half-naked men and the torrents of blood they elicit move in perfect, slow-motion choreography to a thunderous soundtrack. And I loved every minute of it.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Machismo, thy name is Sparta!

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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I still wish David Wenham weren't the narrator, but everything else about the movie is a brutal kind of hypnotic that keeps me coming back.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Bloody, fanboyish retelling of an ancient battle.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Audience Reviews for 300

pretty silly - world's longest video game cut scene
April 13, 2007

Super Reviewer

300' is a totally riveting masterpiece of film making. Zack Snyder, inspired by the graphic novel, has brought a 2487 year-old news story to life with people you really care about who are faced with choices between compromise and war that are all too familiar today.

The breath-taking CGI images are flawlessly integrated with the live action. All the actors are excellent in their roles, and Butler IS Leonidas.

The sound design is excellent. The score was recorded by the London Phil with a full chorus and is beautiful to listen to, but is very reminiscent of 'Gladiator' which detracts from the otherwise total originality of the film.

This movie integrates the potentials of film-making and story-telling in a wonderful new way that is the best of both entertainment and artistic achievement. 4 Stars 9-24-07 (Updated)
March 20, 2014
Bruce Bruce

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Gerard Butler gives a commanding performance (the best of his career so far) as Spartan King Leonidas in this intense, surreal, epic, and beautifully shot, edited, and directed historical fantasy. Snyder has created a great and unique cinematic experience that, while not being completely historically accurate, is a wonderfully entertaining and stylish take on the Battle of Thermopylae in which a small group of Spartan warriors do battle against a vastly overwhelming number of Persians who wish to conquer them.

Though this film is largely style over substance, it does have some deeper themes and what not going through it, chiefly that of fascism. You root for the Spartans, and you're rooting for fascism. Kinda like Starship Troopers though not quite as brilliant. The slow-mo gets a tad overused, and yeah, the Persians are undeniably portrayed as perhaps too fey and sibilant, but hell, this is fun, not art. I actually prefer this to the graphic novel it's based on because this has much more story and depth.

All in all, a bloody good show.
March 6, 2014
Chris Weber

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Zack Snyder stays true to 300's comic book origins, and the style makes the story feel like something out of a myth. This definitely works to enhance the larger than life experience unfolding on screen. The animated blood effects make the film feel less gruesome than it could have been. A pretty solid, well rounded B-action picture.
March 6, 2014

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    1. King Leonidas: Tonight, we dine in hell!
    – Submitted by Bailey G (5 months ago)
    1. Xerxes: Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand. I require only that you kneel.
    – Submitted by Ahmed N (5 months ago)
    1. Persian: A thousand nations of the Persian empire descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun.
    2. Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
    1. King Leonidas: Tonight, we dine in Hell.
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (23 months ago)
    1. Messenger: This is madness!
    2. King Leonidas: Madness? This is Sparta!
    – Submitted by Randon L (24 months ago)
    1. Persian: Our arrows will blot out the sun.
    2. Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade.
    – Submitted by William C (2 years ago)
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