300: Rise of an Empire (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)



Critic Consensus: It's bound to hit some viewers as an empty exercise in stylish gore, and despite a gonzo starring performance from Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire is a step down from its predecessor.

Movie Info

Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. (c) WBmore
Rating: R (for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Frank Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2014
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Sullivan Stapleton
as Themistocles
Eva Green
as Artemisia
Lena Headey
as Queen Gorgo
Andrew Tiernan
as Ephialtes
Hans Matheson
as Aeskylos
Callan Mulvey
as Scyllias
Yigal Naor
as King Darius
Peter Mensah
as Persian Emissary
Ben Turner
as General Artaphernes
Ashraf Barhom
as General Bandari
Christopher Sciueref
as General Kashani
Steven Cree Molison
as Decapitated Greek Ma...
Caitlin Carmichael
as 8 Year Old Artemisia
Kevin Fry
as Lascivious Greek
David Sterne
as Old Statesman
Fred Ochs
as Senator
Price Carson
as Senator
Gregor Truter
as Small Ambassador
Vincent Walsh
as Naval Commander
Nick Court
as Theban Commander
Anthony Valentine
as Young Greek Soldier
Mark Killeen
as Greek Commander
Atanas Srebrev
as Blacksmith
Luke Roberts
as Butcher
George Georgiou
as Greek Citizen
Stefan Nikolaev Ivan...
as Persian Commander
Farshad Farahat
as Persian Officer
Daniel Rashev
as Persian General 1
Dimitar Martinov
as Persian General 2
Peter Ferdinando
as Greek Ambassador
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

Critic Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (34)

Just by avoiding the haze of perfunctoriness that envelops so many sequels, "300: Rise Of An Empire" is a success.

Full Review… | April 8, 2016

300: Rise of an Empire therefore becomes a tedious slog of repetitive callbacks not only to its predecessor but also itself.

Full Review… | March 9, 2016
The Film Stage

Tries hard to follow in Snyder's footsteps - plenty of speed-ramping slow-mo action - but it just comes across as an imitator.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

Black Sabbath's War Pigs coats the end credits in the aural equivalent of liquid metal, the final guilty pleasure of a senses-battering 106 minutes of military mayhem.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

So utterly mind numbingly dull.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Cinema Crazed

If you liked 300, you're probably going to really like 300: Rise of an Empire. ... it's got more character development, a smarter story, and is just gorgeous to watch and amazingly good fun.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

Audience Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire


A cheap excuse for an obvious rehash that, despite the gorgeous looks, has no vitality, intensity or a personality of its own - and its lame hero is even obfuscated by the sexy villain played by Eva Green, who we can't help but root for to slaughter every single Greek in that place.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Not as visually impressive as the first "300" film, but it is still quite nice. The acting is rather poor and passionless with the sole exception of Eva Green who plays her roll of a an evil warrior temptress to the hilt. The story is coherent and somewhat entertaining, but not really as epic as history would have allowed.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire never rises to greatness.

Partly narrated, the 90 minutes of storytelling tends to get a bit tedious. The back story is a plus, along with some of the character background, but other than the 2 major leads, everyone else is forgettable.

Done with a ton of green screen and splattered with CG blood, 300: Rise of an Empire gets tiresome visually. Other than some stylized swordplay in the finale, the violence is mildly amusing at best and hampered at times while the speed slows.

Eva Green works her minutes with a high success rate. Her line delivery is fitting for her role. Lacking a bit in the charismatic department, Sullivan Stapleton still manages to put together a lead character.

Despite some shining moments, 300: Rise of an Empire as a whole dissatisfies. No rise of an empire here.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

300: Rise of an Empire Quotes

Artemisia: You fight much harder than you fuck.
– Submitted by Kevin M (2 years ago)
Gorgo: A king, fathers, brothers, sons. What more would you have us give? You will have no more from us, Themistokles.
Themistokles: I leave this with you. Avenge him.
– Submitted by Sean G (2 years ago)
Gorgo: It is a wind of freedom! A wind of vengeance.
– Submitted by Sean G (2 years ago)
Themistokles: There is only one rule in the heat of combat.
Calisto: What's that?
Themistokles: Don't get killed on the first day.
– Submitted by Sean G (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss 300: Rise of an Empire on our Movie forum!