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Troy Reviews

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Jessica Winter
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A numbingly reliable tick-tock of expository set pieces alternating with vast CGI-aided battle scenes.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
A fairly routine action picture with an advanced case of grandeuritis.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Harsh, serious, and both exhilarating and tragic, the right tonal combination for Homer.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 23, 2004
The latest in a very long line of films made to give us those things that other mediums could not provide.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 20, 2004
It's massive, opulent, passionate and -- unlike most summer time-wasters -- surprisingly intelligent.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 17, 2004
... several of the scenes are just some of the best battle scenes I've seen in a long time.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 15, 2004
Troy isn't so much a simplified retelling of The Iliad as a re-imagined version of it, told wholly without imagination.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 14, 2004
Solid entertainment, true to the '50s formalism that so inspires its grand production design, ornate costumes, proverbial cast of thousands and sometimes painfully earnest dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 14, 2004
Often plays like what it is: a clunky toga-and-sandals picture, with Hollywood compromises abounding.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 14, 2004
As summer-movie entertainment, Troy delivers the Trojan horse, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2004
All Hollywood and no Homer, but within its limits, it's a vigorous, entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
In a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, [Pitt's] pretty terrific.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
Offers several popcorn buckets' worth of good old-fashioned time at the movies.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 14, 2004
Epic in the best, old-fashioned sense.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 14, 2004
Surrender to the testosterone-fueled story ... and Troy delivers some grand epic treats.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
May 14, 2004
The lackluster ensemble hired by the director is overwhelmed by the generally impressive sets and crowd scenes (aided by computer-generated images), by the task of playing epic heroes and by David Benioff's rambling, tone-deaf screenplay.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 14, 2004
There are breathtaking vistas, taut political intrigues, dangerous romantic liaisons and one of the greatest wardrobes ever assembled for a costume drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 14, 2004
Achilles is cute and all, and he knows how to fight -- he apparently learned his stuff from Hong Kong action movies -- but there's nothing dramatically compelling about the way he's presented here.
| Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2004
Such a tame and timid epic -- it's all meek to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2004
Riveting entertainment with a bit more on its mind and a sense of grandeur that's undeniable.
| Original Score: A-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 14, 2004
The real strength of Troy rests in how everything on screen appears within the realm of possibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 14, 2004
If ... the clank of sword on sword and the donning of armor quicken your pulse, Troy qualifies as this week's big-screen toy.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 14, 2004
Thanks to Bana and O'Toole, Troy partakes in the power and pleasure of a story with such classic pedigree.
| Original Score: 3/4
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May 14, 2004
There is a lot of guts and glory here, but not a lot of heart.
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2004
What's missing from the experience is the poetry only a director can bring to an enterprise this sprawling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2004
Although screenwriter Benioff's attempt to make the dialogue contemporary is sincere enough, the final product is flat and soap opera-like more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 13, 2004
This big, expensive, intermittently campy example of Hollywood Homerism is desperate to be regarded as a classic. It isn't, but it's not so bad either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 13, 2004
A gripping, well-told adaptation of one of the oldest human dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 13, 2004
An action picture of stunning scope and stirring spectacle, with a love story between two callow nitwits that is its Achilles heel.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2004
When the film focuses on the Trojans, it's splendid. But when Troy attempts to sort out the competing agendas of the Greeks, it drags.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 13, 2004
Despite all its oversized spectacle, the movie feels small and unimportant, just the latest in a growing trend of large-scale, ancient-war epics.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2004
The opening scene involves two thousand-man armies marching determinedly toward each other across a field the size of Rhode Island. And that's one of the more modest battles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 13, 2004
This hulking, flawed epic stomps about with furious thunder, managing to entertain even as director Wolfgang Petersen turns parts of Homer's epic poem into an afternoon soap opera.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 13, 2004
Mr. Petersen achieves a noble mood of dignity. Dignity is a forgotten virtue with many contemporary filmmakers, but he manages a majestic overview of both the glory and the folly of combat.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 13, 2004
It does possess the aura of the ancient -- at least within the parameters of the Hollywood epic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2004
In a league with Hollywood's top historical epics, ancient or otherwise.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 13, 2004
While the movie may not be deeply moving, it never lacks for speed or clarity.
| Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
Turgid Homeric hodgepodge.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2004
A pageant long but not deep, noisy but not stirring, expensive but not sumptuous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 11, 2004
As a war movie, Troy is strangely noncommittal -- the slaughter has a numb, ineffective, over-processed tone to it.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 6, 2004
Troy, besides being tremendously entertaining, is the best crib-sheet guide to Homer ever.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 6, 2004
This is The Iliad as a WWE SmackDown: violent fights, snappy insults and a connoisseur's idolatry of beautiful brawn.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.