300 Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 8, 2007

So militaristic and single-minded that it's like a CGI-heavy blockbuster version of Triumph of the Will.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 9, 2007

While the standard complaint might be about the surfeit of blood spilled, the real problem isn't so much the gore that gets splattered around in 300 as its lack of effect - it's all antiseptic and pretty.

Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
August 8, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
March 9, 2007

[Gerard Butler's character] charisma is elusive. He vigorously enunciates like a summer stock player doing Shakespeare. But the writing's overblown. And locating the requisite sorrow in this tale of heroism is an afterthought for Snyder and co.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
March 8, 2007

The movie should've been called Ode to a Grecian Ab.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
March 8, 2007

It also pits millions of fans of brainless violence against a gallant band, or so I choose to think of us, who still expect movies to contain detectable traces of humanity.

Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009


James Rocchi
March 11, 2007

Whatever your reason for going into 300, I can't imagine leaving it very excited by what you get. I can imagine being excited by the prospect of leaving -- for me, the end credits of 300 rolled up on the screen with the comforting shock of a parole notice

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
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.

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 6, 2007

It's like Fight Club without the tongue-in-cheek satire, cribbing from Gladiator, Braveheart, and every videogame that ever concluded a level with a giant boss battle.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 24, 2007

Despite all the visual trickery and slick filmmaking, it can't really hide that underneath is a vehicle as clunky, empty and vacuous as a mediocre comic adaptation

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 8, 2007

It's kind of a ghastly hoot, and while I suppose it does no harm, it also contributes nothing. It's a guilty unpleasantness.

Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 4, 2008

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.

Brian Orndorf
March 8, 2007

It's a fireworks show in the daytime, Christmas presents on December 26th, and porn without the penetration.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007

A typical stupid action movie, with an extra dollop of stupid on the side.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007

An overwrought, revved-up, and deeply silly symphony of clanging steel and spurting blood.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
March 9, 2007

Keeping in mind Slate's Mickey Kaus' Hitler Rule -- never compare anything to Hitler -- it isn't a stretch to imagine Adolf's boys at a 300 screening, heil-fiving each other throughout and then lining up to see it again.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
March 10, 2007

Apart from its pro-war propaganda, that comes in the form of unrelenting voice-over narration, "300" is a dog of a movie where cookie-cutter CGI battle scenes show thirty actors pretending to fight to the death.

Full Review | Original Score: D
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