Troy Reviews

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Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
The battle of Troy takes the jump from history books to film with little consideration, disregarding the story's historical accuracy and failing to entertain audiences with the kind of flashy battle sequences the summer season demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 26, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 9, 2004
Troy proves that Brad Pitt has the nicest rump of any man to ever hail from Springfield, Missouri.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 14, 2004
The movie sidesteps the existence of the Greek gods, turns its heroes into action movie cliches and demonstrates that we're getting tired of computer-generated armies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
May 14, 2004
All of the visual majesty that hundreds of millions of dollars can buy cannot obscure the perfunctory and unsatisfying development of the major characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 14, 2004
The muted, leering tones detract from the subjects the film tries to handle seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 14, 2004
It's as much an adaptation of the Pottery Barn and Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs as Homer's lofty verse.
| Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2004
A protracted and uninvolving affair in which men battle over issues that audiences may struggle to find compelling, and no central figure emerges to take command of the film.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2004
Wolfgang Peterson's Troy naturally subscribes to a no-shirt rule for ancient Greece's most prominent heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
May 5, 2004
Despite a sensationally attractive cast and an array of well-staged combat scenes presented on a vast scale, Petersen's highly telescoped rendition of the Trojan War lurches ahead in fits and starts for much of its hefty running time, to OK effect.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 17, 2004
At its best, Troy shows why movies like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis were so profitable. Alas, Troy also shows why those movies went out of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 4, 2014
An adaptation of The Iliad that would have had to work much harder to miss the point of The Iliad any more thoroughly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 13, 2004
The new epic Troy isn't a bad film, nor is it particularly good. It's merely uninspired, uninteresting and unimportant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 16, 2004
As physically stimulating as Troy purports to be in content, the mental aspect of this film has all the charge of a defective catapult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
May 19, 2004
Troy is a Cliffs Notes version without the helpful observations, a classic fable reduced to soap opera cheese and action movie idiocy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
While an achievement in visuals, Troy fails in every other aspect including its writing and storytelling.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
May 12, 2004
An oddly uninspiring film that is as puny in ambition as it is epic in scope.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
It's coherent at least. But only barely. Its special effects are pretty, and it has a cool soundtrack (though it's over-used). But boy is the writing terrible. I mean, terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Homer's Iliad is stunningly recreated, but never achieves the greatness it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 59/100
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 13, 2004
From a technical standpoint Troy ceaselessly impresses, but that doesn't make the story any easier to embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

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