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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2008
300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 26, 2007
A muscle-magazine fantasy crossed with a video game and an Army recruiting film.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 21, 2007
300 was as pathetically puerile as I had expected.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 17, 2007
It might have been one of the great all-time mad, bad movies but for one thing - it's just sooo boring.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 10, 2007
Part of the fascination of the Thermopylae story is that it really happened, and it helped define real heroism. There's nothing remotely like reality to be had in this film.
| Original Score: C
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David Fear
Time Out
March 10, 2007
As to this pumped-up spectacle's other aims, it's anybody's guess: selling gladiatorial chest-beating as beefcake erotica? Combining a movie and its own video-game spin-off into one package? Being both a dessert topping and a floor wax?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 10, 2007
The kids just want to have fun. Many of them will. But what does that say about another Greek contribution -- Western civilization?
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 9, 2007
If the movie's neocon message is as thin as a politician's excuse, that's to be expected. But what's surprising here is that the sights are just as meagre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 9, 2007
History is inconveniently complex. And so we get Frank Miller's version, in which everything is simplified to the point of porridge.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 9, 2007
Watching 300, there's the arresting sense of eavesdropping on another time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 9, 2007
It's impossible not to be moved by its nearly nonstop visual assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 9, 2007
It's most definitely a Spartan movie, yet it's really all about wretched excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 9, 2007
Does the film stay faithful to the Miller and Varley's vision? Indeed it does -- to a kunch!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 9, 2007
For once, the Larry King quote machines who supply the advance blurbs to the studio for their marketing campaigns will be correct.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007
Snyder gives his movie the encompassing look and feel of a graphic novel. Perhaps because he shot the actors in front of digitally concocted backgrounds, Snyder is able to sustain an otherworldly quality that perfectly suits the movie's lurid material.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2007
It is excessively, cheerfully violent -- and it is gorgeous to behold. It looks like the world's most sophisticated and expensive video game, and I mean that in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 8, 2007
300, even with its impressive vistas of computer-generated soldiers, is just a throwaway epic.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 8, 2007
300 is about as subtle as a spear through the head. But it's also shamelessly entertaining, and not a bad way to make time move a little faster.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 8, 2007
300 is about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 8, 2007
A mythic ode to righteous bellicosity. In at least one way, the film is true to the ethos of ancient Greece: It conflates moral excellence and physical beauty (which, in this movie, means being young, white, male, and fresh from the gyms of Brentwood).
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 8, 2007
300 is one breathtaking digi-tableau after another. But the dialogue is a joke, the performances have more to do with bodybuilding than character, and the lesson that the film imparts isn't anything to do with courage and military skill.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 8, 2007
Unless you like human shish kabob, don't spring forward. Fall back.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2007
Snyder's 300 certainly has its share of the latest toys, but they make for a better coming-attractions trailer than a full-length theatrical film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 8, 2007
Just about everything in this pea-brained epic is overscaled and overwrought -- it's a cartoon trying to be a towering triptych. The dissonance between the film's heroic ambitions and its grindingly coarse treatment is rather amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 8, 2007
It is undeniably exciting and awe-inspiring; but it also lacks a sense of tactile warmth, a crucial core of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 8, 2007
There's a stale, synthetic airlessness about the movie. Imagine a large cast trapped in a series of spectacular screensavers. It could be ancient Greece. It could be somebody's hard drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 8, 2007
In creating the ultimate movie for sword-and-sandal blood-spatter fetishists, director Zack Snyder scores on the spectacle side -- 300 looks amazing -- but his mechanical story line and over-the-top melodramatics don't support the action.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 8, 2007
The disconnect between the human actors and the digital backgrounds is more pronounced here... Because classic Hollywood cinema is so rich with epic images of antiquity, this can't help but seem chintzy.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2007
The movie should've been called Ode to a Grecian Ab.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 8, 2007
300 is at its best when it settles for purely visceral thrills.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 8, 2007
It is a wall-to-wall canvas of expressionist ultraviolence.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 8, 2007
A full-blooded, testosterone-spiked shot glass that you down in one ferocious sitting.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 8, 2007
Put bluntly, the movie's just too darned silly to withstand any ideological theorizing. And 'silly' is invoked here, more or less, with affection.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 8, 2007
Call 300 the New Age sword-and-sandal epic -- a Hercules movie for the computer age.
| Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2007
300 is a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
March 7, 2007
Despite the fantastic visuals, action and sometimes rousing story, the needle flickers between grandiose and laughable -- in part because the film takes itself sooo relentlessly, slow-motion, music-swellin', see-you-in-hell seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 7, 2007
The battle sequences are filled with grotesque spectacle: They start off entertainingly ferocious, then grow numbing with stylized spraying blood and severed heads.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 7, 2007
This is dazzle for the head, not the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 7, 2007
300 may not offer masterful storytelling in a conventional sense, but it's hard to beat as a spectacle and that makes it worthwhile viewing for all but the most squeamish of potential audience members.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
March 6, 2007
Frankly, it's the slavish, frame-by-frame devotion to Miller's source material that's the problem. That explains both the risible screenplay and why the movie, for all its liberation from the real world, never takes full-winged flight.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 5, 2007
Snyder's depiction of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartans fought off a much larger Persian army, is so over-the-top it's laughable -- so self-serious, it's hard to take seriously.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2007
A blustery, bombastic, visually arresting account of the Battle of Thermopylae as channeled through the rabid imagination of graphic novelist Frank Miller.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 14, 2007
Frank Miller's graphic novel about an ancient Greek battle comes to vivid life.