“A Good Companion Story To The First 300”
“If You Liked 300, Then Yes, You Get More Of What You Liked.”
“Powerfully Entertaining, Original In Its Prose And Makings, Though Quite Simplistic On Story Telling It's Still A Bad Ass Telling Of Something That Many Have To Read Through Soot Stained And Dusty Volumes Just To Gain A Bit Of Knowledge.”
“THIS IS SPARTA.”
“A Cool Follow Up To 300 That Still Delivers Some Good Old Fashioned Bloody Violence While Having 3D In It. What More Can I Want?”
“300: ROAE Is Recommended For The Action, Special Effects, And Eva Green. There's An Attempt At A Plot In There Somewhere.”
“You Fight Harder Than You Fuck.”
“Rise Of An Empire Is A True Asset Within Itself Thanks To It's Use Of 3D Effects, But Faults Include A Weak Screenplay, Sluggish Dialogue And Boring Tactics. Most Of That Is Accounted For In The Battle Sequences, However, That Can Only Go So Far.”
This highly entertaining time-filler lacks the mythic resonances that made "300" feel like an instant classic, but works surprisingly well on its own terms.
Scott Foundas - Variety
Although Gerard Butler's star has significantly fallen due to the 17 mediocre films he's made since 300, it must be admitted that he's missed here ...
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
It's flesh and carnage that the audience is here to see, and Murro delivers it by the glistening ton, pausing only for stray bits of backstory.
Guy Lodge - Time Out
300: Rise Of An Empire is a brainless, gore obsessed sequel to Zack Snyder's already brutish original, lacking the honor and heroism that our Spartan warriors previously displayed.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that these pretenders spoiled their franchise, and here their movie lies.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
[VIDEO COLUMN] If only Frank Miller had written a graphic novel entitled "Artemisia" instead of "Xerxes." Heaven knows the film only works whenever Eva Green is onscreen.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Rise of an Empire peddles a very particular, fetishized form of masculine hero worship, but all in service of little more than a state-of-the-art showcase for unremitting violence.
Brent Simon - Screen International
If you don't go for the 3-D Imax version, you're cheating yourself - the only point of this movie is to take everything over the top, and that should include the viewing experience
Luke Y. Thompson - Topless Robot
Rise of an Empire isn't without its highlights. Most notable is Eva Green's bat-s**t mad Artemisia, a villainess who chews the scenery so emphatically that there'd be teeth marks on the sets if they weren't all digital.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
There is a sex scene in '300: Rise of an Empire' that is an all-timer.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush