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Troy Reviews

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Jason Zingale

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2005
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2004
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Troy proves that Brad Pitt has the nicest rump of any man to ever hail from Springfield, Missouri.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 9, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2004
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The muted, leering tones detract from the subjects the film tries to handle seriously.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2004
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

It's as much an adaptation of the Pottery Barn and Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs as Homer's lofty verse.

| Original Score: C

May 14, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 4, 2004
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Wolfgang Peterson's Troy naturally subscribes to a no-shirt rule for ancient Greece's most prominent heroes.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2004
Todd McCarthy
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 5, 2004
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 17, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The new epic Troy isn't a bad film, nor is it particularly good. It's merely uninspired, uninteresting and unimportant.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2004
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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 Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2004
David Cornelius

Troy is a Cliffs Notes version without the helpful observations, a classic fable reduced to soap opera cheese and action movie idiocy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

May 19, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While an achievement in visuals, Troy fails in every other aspect including its writing and storytelling.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor

An oddly uninspiring film that is as puny in ambition as it is epic in scope.

Full Review Source: Critic Doctor

May 12, 2004
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 1/4

July 14, 2007
Joe Utichi

Homer's Iliad is stunningly recreated, but never achieves the greatness it deserves.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 59/100

July 20, 2004
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

From a technical standpoint Troy ceaselessly impresses, but that doesn't make the story any easier to embrace.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Troy panders to the viewer and flatters the Academy as baldly as Cold Mountain did last year, and to exactly the same unwitting effect.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: D+

May 16, 2004

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