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Meet the Spartans (2008)



Average Rating: 1.9/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 47

A tired, unfunny, offensive waste of time, Meet the Spartans scrapes the bottom of the cinematic barrel.


Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

A tired, unfunny, offensive waste of time, Meet the Spartans scrapes the bottom of the cinematic barrel.



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From the creators of Scary Movie and Date Movie comes this tongue-in-cheek parody of the sword-and-sandal epics, dubbed Meet the Spartans. The 20th Century Fox production was written and directed by the filmmaking team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Sure, Leonidas may have nothing more than a cape and some leather underwear to protect him from the razor-sharp swords of his Persian enemies, but that won't stop the brave leader and his team of 13 warriors from defending their beloved




Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Jun 3, 2008


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The result in Meet the Spartans is less classic Mel Brooks than middling Best Week Ever.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This was the worst movie I've ever seen, so bad that I hesitate to label it a 'movie' and thus reflect shame upon the entire medium of film.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (6)
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I'm moving to Europe.

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (3)
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It's so bad even Carmen Electra should be embarrassed.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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It's a MADtv or Saturday Night Live sketch dressed up in feature-length clothing. It's way too much of an OK thing. And the way-too-much-ness goes on and on.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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While there's enough comedic material there for as many as three somewhat tolerable minutes of MADtv, Meet The Spartans gamely alternates between unfunny gay jokes and violent pratfalls for a good 80 minutes.

January 26, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Meet The Spartans? For those unlucky enough to be lured into the cinema, there's every chance you'll be wanting to meet your maker instead.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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Because this movie was written for 10-year-olds, it assumes that those 10-year-olds are the stupidest 10-year-olds alive.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

What does it say about a film with an hour running time that has twenty minutes of outtakes after the credits to reach theatrical length? Very little that's positive.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

While still not a grand work of art, Meet the Spartans improves upon the formula established in the earlier parodies of Friedberg and Seltzer.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

It's not very good at all, but I did manage to laugh at some moments of sudden pratfalls and comic violence, but the talkshow reference mentality has to go!

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

A bizarre, leering orgy of celebrity crotches, lowbrow horny gay buffoons in leather, moronic gladiator mayhem, and too-much-information cascading bodily fluids galore.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Besides the few chuckles I had, the movie was just dreadfully bad.

May 24, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

everybody should be ashamed

April 9, 2008

Obviously, it's rubbish.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

This is supposed to be a spoof of '300.' But 'Meet the Spartans' isn't a satire of anything. It's just a bunch of body-function-based skits that randomly feature scenes from movies and television shows -- and not a single one of them is laugh-inducing

February 24, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...couldn't get a laugh from a hyena.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Meet the Spartans can't even get its fart jokes right. How incredibly sad is that?

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

One of the most painfully bad comedies I've ever had to endure, and I've seen the collected works of Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, Ice Cube AND Cedric the Entertainer

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

To devote an entire feature film to making fun of another film's universally acknowledged gay subtext seems to me good cause for said filmmakers to have a sit-down with their muse, because somebody's been sleeping on the job.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's rare that a movie makes me ill these days, and it's rare that I can see a movie and hate the people behind it with such abhorrence, but "Meet the Spartans" rises to the challenge...

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

When the comedy revolution comes, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will be the first ones shot.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

Messrs. Friedberg and Seltzer make their annual locust-like descent on theaters leaving a trail of ruthlessly murdered brain cells in their wake.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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Audience Reviews for Meet the Spartans

OOOOOK this is crap, pure crap, yet there are some scenes which are funny and do work quite well. The amazing thing is some scenes do look pretty good and are worthy of the actual film they are taking the piss out of, to a degree. But the main problem with some spoofs today is they are too spoofy/extreme, too utterly stupid, classic spoofs like 'Naked Gun' and 'Airplane' are daft but they still have a core story and you can follow it.

Also the jokes are not just abstract and meaningless they do blend with the main idea and follow the story or match the sequences, these modern spoofs are just too ridiculous. As for Carmen Electra...getting old now and Maguire wasn't too bad actually, beats his 'Eastenders' shit and he does look the part amazingly!.
May 6, 2012

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The piece of cinematic diarrhoea that is "Meet the Spartans" was not worth the effort it took to make this review. This is quite possibly the only movie i've seen where i've turned it off before I even got half way into the film. Looking back on the experience I wish I had never even started. I remember probably one laugh in what i'd call the worst parody film ever. And thats coming from someone who hasn't even seen the movie it's taking the mick out of (300).
December 31, 2011
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I'd like to give the directors for this a hard, facial bitchslap. Why? MEET THE SPARTANS wasn't just any old terrible movie. It was an unbelievably failed attempt to mash SCARY MOVIE with the Battle of Thermopylae. I have not even seen 300, the film which this parodies, but even an idiot can tell that this was a terrible spoof. I'll admit some parts are funny, such as the opening scene in which the not-so-politically-correct take on the Spartan sacrificing of imperfect babies is shown (actually, that could just be the only part that draws even a chuckle); but much of the rest is just a bunch of gross, dumb tries to make a parody as funny as one of its predecessors in spoofing, such as SCARY MOVIE and NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE. Bottom line: I regret meeting the Spartans.
September 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

Only five percent of the movie is an actual 300 parody, the other ninety five percent are stale pop culture references and unfunny comedy.
August 29, 2011
Christopher Heim

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    1. Leonidas: We may have won the battle, but they will win the war!
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