300 (2007)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Gordon, Kurt Johnstad, Zack Snyder, Michael B. Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2007
Box Office: $210.6M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 300

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (47)

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

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

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.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for 300

pretty silly - world's longest video game cut scene

Bob Stinson

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)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


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