Recommended for the action, special effects, and Eva Green. There's an attempt at a plot in there somewhere.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
There's so much crimson gore flying off the screen you feel as if you should be wearing a tarp like the folks in the front row of a Gallagher show.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
The naval collisions and melees play out in panel-like renderings that are bold and satisfying for the first half-hour but lack the momentum and bombastic je ne sais quoi of "300."
Nicolas Rapold - New York Times
For anyone looking for a sense of script (forget plausibility), Empire is a Trojan horse.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
"Rise of an Empire" is no fun at all - even those famous six-pack abs from "300" seem to be missing a can or two in this desperate attempt to up an already dubious ante.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Rise of an Empire" may strike some as an improvement on the first film, if only for two reasons: naval warfare and the glorious absurdity of Eva Green.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Mere mortals of Athens, Sparta, and every city from Mumbai to Minneapolis, behold the magnificent Eva Green, and tremble!
Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
The film winds up looking like an ashen video game. It's even more muddy in IMAX and 3-D.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It wouldn't be much without Green.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The slow-motion battle scenes are technically impressive and occasionally elegant, but there's enough machismo here to choke a thousand NFL locker rooms.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
With its slo-mo ultraviolence, gushers of blood, impressive 3-D effects, homoerotic subtext, and self-important plot, this is a fan boy's fantasy, a four-star wonderment.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
"300: Rise of an Empire" plays like a collaboration between the Marquis de Sade and Michael Bay. Or maybe the History Channel and the "Saw" franchise.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"300: Rise of an Empire" is a bloodbath and not much else.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's just idiotic violence cloaked behind the guise of some sort of freedom fighting. Probably plays big over by the bench-press machine, but nowhere else.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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
The film works as a high-tech boy-fantasy successor to "Conan the Barbarian."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Long on crimson spurts of blood but low on character, larded with production value but bereft of any other kind of it, "300: Rise of an Empire' is a 3D joke.
James Rocchi - Film.com
An extension of the 300 universe, like an add-on content pack for a video game.
Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail
The lack of a creative driver behind the film leads to a level of fundamental dissatisfaction. The movie delivers all the necessary elements but their impact is dull.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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 as if Douglas Sirk made a combat video game.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
A triumph of production design, costumes, brilliantly choreographed battle sequences and stunning CGI.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
The spectacularly brutal fighting is the film's main calling card, and in that "Rise of an Empire" doesn't disappoint.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Tries hard to follow in Snyder's footsteps - plenty of speed-ramping slow-mo action - but it just comes across as an imitator.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Black Sabbath's War Pigs coats the end credits in the aural equivalent of liquid metal, the final guilty pleasure of a senses-battering 106 minutes of military mayhem.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
So utterly mind numbingly dull.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
If you liked 300, you're probably going to really like 300: Rise of an Empire. ... it's got more character development, a smarter story, and is just gorgeous to watch and amazingly good fun.
Eva Green is flat-out spectacular here, giving a fully physical and genuinely shaded star turn that is almost as exciting as all of the hacking and slashing.
Call it Sergio Corbucci's Thermopylae.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Like many sequels we see these days, it's a lot of the same only bigger and louder.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
300: Rise of an Empire is nothing but an attempt at recapturing the glory of its predecessor through imitation.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
"(An) action-fantasy that's far more fun to parody and poke fun at than it is to go back and watch."
...generally fares just a little bit better than its Zack Snyder-directed predecessor...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The story is interesting, but it's the look that director Noam Murro makes the focus of his '300: Rise of an Empire.'
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
There will be blood. And, of course, speeches about rising up against insurmountable odds and homoerotic subtext.
It's a big-budget helping of fanboy eye candy in which the action scenes are meant to be so dazzling that you ignore that it doesn't make much sense - or that you've basically seen it before.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
As Persia's sexiest naval commander, Eva Green is to this 'sidequel' as Cate Blanchett is to 'Blue Jasmine,' and I mean that as a compliment and not a joke: She's a frightening and awe-inspiring force of nature, draped in camp instead of Chanel.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"300" a Rousing, Blood-soaked Adventure
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
More than any other element, Eva Green's performance singlehandedly elevates the film from the doldrums of its hermetic conception and execution.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Oafs in an uproar.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
This sequel is a wholly second-rate effort, save for the incomparable Eva Green.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
It doesn't need to strut about waiting for a climax as 300 did, and punctuates its set pieces with stage-setting intrigues that keep it motoring.
[Eva Green] s the single piece of spice that turns this 300 clone into a zestful, delightful bad movie instead of just a tedious, violence-loving slog.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
[The story] gets constantly literally swamped by the blood and gore and so forth, which is well done but almost to the point of parody.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Sullivan Stapleton in his first lead role after Animal Kingdom is actually quite impressive.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Seems perfectly content to be a retread of the original, visually and stylistically. The film sticks so closely to the playbook that it never finds a way to become fun on its own terms.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's all breathless in the sense that every cast member sucks in his or her gut, chest puffed out, posing rigidly, half-naked, like Crossfit propaganda posters, reading lifeless lines.
John Serba - MLive.com
Despite hyperbolic acting, this is a dull-witted combination of ancient Greece and modern CGI - and the 3D element means that everyone bleeds as if entirely made of arteries.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Considering the level of carnage, it's astonishing how dreary it all manages to be, with computer-game visuals and Carry On dialogue conspiring to render everything dead in the water.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
You liked 300? You'll like this.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Filled with excessive amounts of blood splattering in slow motion, it's a stylized action fantasy, revolving around naval battles, and brimming with grisly gore.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Uncomplicated fare for those who yearn for a time when men were prisoners of their masculinity and expected to kill as a consequence and women were brutalised by rape and the murder of family members into being as psychotic as their male counterparts.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
If not for Eva Green and her captivatingly insane portrayal of Artemisia, Rise of an Empire would be a failure as a sequel.
- What Culture
Somewhere in the fog of all these ideas and characterizations there is a central purpose, but the movie never finds it.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Gory for the greater glory of the genre, 300: Rise of an Empire delivers what its predecessor promised, with all the skills of the filmmakers focused on gripping our senses and exciting them
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A mostly-forgettable pantomime of blood, gore and sculpted abs.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
I'm glad to see Eva Green was able to secure her usual contractual codicils for raccoon eye makeup and at least 30 seconds of bared breasts.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
The gore appears storyboarded to death, with much of the bloodletting presented in studied slow motion. It's a dull, deadening approach, the type that can probably only be truly appreciated by 15-year-old boys and serial killers.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The battles are thrillingly staged and delightfully over-the-top but this movie belongs to Green who puts in a wonderfully nutty turn as unhinged Persian naval commander Artemisia.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
If you must see this dark and murky 3D effort, see it in 2D and see it for Eva Green. Here is the next Wonder Woman if the film industry had any sense.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
... if you're up for sea serpents, exploding fat men, and an impressively insane performance from Eva Green, then "300: Rise Of An Empire" should entertain you tremendously.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Australian television star Stapleton, despite his best efforts, never summons the intensity that Gerard Butler so effortlessly exuded in the previous film.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's 300 at Sea and it's not entirely terrible.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
By 20 minutes in, I'd renamed this film 300: Fall of the Dust Particles as director Noam Murro seemed to be fascinated by the effect of having dust float in the air.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed.
Forgettable and only mildly entertaining, 300: Rise of An Empire seals its own fate at the initial story level by being so deeply invested in its own mythmaking and playing it super safe.
Rodrigo Perez - The Playlist
This time you have the option of seeing all the blood, gore and bare chests and breasts in glorious 3-D.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Entediante apesar de todos os efeitos visuais, combates e gritos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's just more of the same old, same old that still takes itself far too seriously without fully accepting the campy romp it so desperately wants to be. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
...a tawdry piece of sensationalized, stylistic junk, with barely an iota of accuracy...
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Forget Rise of an Empire -- the movie really should have been slugged More of the Same.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
doesn't top the original or even equal it, but it's still an enjoyable film to watch and a spectacle to behold in the big screen 3D experience
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The movie is colourful, highly stylized, incredibly violent and tons of intense fun.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
As kinkily leather-clad Artemisia, Eva Green brings a deliciously sly camp knowingness and sublime smoky-eyed sensuality to the role that just about saves this absurdly over-laden vessel from sinking.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
It's a testosterone-dripping fantasy about blood lust, baby. The characters are based on real people and real events. The mode of storytelling is pure mythology.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Green can't do much with this one-dimensional role, but she's by far the best thing in the movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
The sequel employs the same flashy comic-book style as its predecessor.
I'm pretty sure someone quotes Vince Lombardi in the middle of it all.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Where the first '300' was visually stunning, hypnotic, bloody, and yet enjoyable, this new take is only half of that; mainly brought on by the bravado performance of Eva Green.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
It's maybe a third as good as the original.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Hitting the same story beat four times in one movie isn't very common (and a really bad idea), but it isn't concerned with telling a story so much as it's on a rinse-and-repeat cycle of purging CGI blood as and one-upping the last big battle.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The filmmakers copy the look and style of the original, but important elements such as plot or a coherent story get lost in translation.
Eventually it loses its shock value as the movie progresses, so there had better be a story worthy of peoples' time.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
There is much grinding of teeth, and mauling of history, and anachronistic use of gunpowder, until we plug our ears and desperately pray to the gods of Olympus, or the brothers of Warner, that they might make an end.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Like the real Battle of Artemisium, which often takes a backseat to the Battle of Thermopylae, Rise of an Empire cannot step out of 300's lofty shadow.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
If the movie's action recalls video games, the dramatically artificial lighting suggests 1980s rock videos. Indeed, Rise of an Empire is so campy that it might work better as a musical.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
This is the nadir of action cinema, a style that totally estranges the viewer from feeling anything at all about what they are watching.
Severed limbs once again fly, skulls split wetly, and fat gobbets of slo-mo blood squirt through the air, this time in 3D.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
If you thought that the main problem with 300 was that it didn't have enough boats in it, then 300: Rise of an Empire (more accurate title: 302: 300 On Boats) is most definitely the movie for you.
Matthew Turner - The List
It piles on the beheadings, throat slashings, and impalements to near-unprecedented levels. No sign of brains, however.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Abs jiggle, computerized gore is overdone, speeches lifted straight out of Braveheart nearly put you to sleep and push the definition of redundancy, and the acting makes you cringe in a contender for one of the worst films of the year.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
More blood. More guts. More men with six-packs than a Quik-Trip on a Friday night.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
The film feels epic in scope, visually at least, but the depth of its deep-focus composition is bitterly at odds with the flimsiness of its characterization and plotting.
Nathan Rabin - The Dissolve
Less Rise Of An Empire, more Fall Of A Franchise
Andrew Osmond - SFX Magazine
(Eva) Green ... is the main reason to see "Rise of an Empire." Her Artemisia is a cold, cruel, merciless and deadly commander who brooks no opposition from anyone, whether it is a subordinate or an enemy.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"300: Rise of an Empire" gets a lot of mileage out of sheer venal spectacle. Just don't try to derive a history lesson from the movie.
Glenn Kenny - RogerEbert.com
Fans of the this style will be rewarded when they once again see that, for a fun overblown action spectacle, "Rise of an Empire" earns the "300" coronation.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
A movie completely and utterly designed around one special effect repeated over and over and over and over again to the point of cartoonishness.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Ultimately there's some familiar themes and storylines that "300" fans will enjoy seeing play out on the big screen, but "Rise of an Empire" fails to elevate the series to new heights.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
...it seems more like a video game than a real battle. One almost expects numbers in the corner keeping track of Greek and Persian casualties so we can keep score.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
One of those rare occasions when a sequel is a true sequel.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
While Rise of an Empire may not be surprising, it is surprisingly entertaining, particularly with its two main characters.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
It's all there: super slow-mo, backgrounds burnished into flat surrealism, stark lighting. It's a new kind of movie storytelling that's both thrilling and exhausting. As they used to say in old Persia, beware of Greeks baring chests.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
The result is a film that does everything it's meant to without doing any of it all that well.
Anthony Morris - The Vine
Noam Murro takes the helm this time around, having proven his slow-motion 3-D action chops on... indie drama Smart People? What, were the Duplass brothers busy?
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
It's like being forced to watch another person's videogame.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The only thing that stands out from the carnage is Green, whose Artemisia is one of the most outright cray-cray villains since Cruella De Vil.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Noam Murro gives the film nothing so much as a hit-refresh on the same glistening, impossibly golden and gray flecks of pixel-barf that have invaded the frames of every tent-pole studio release since the Bush administration.
Steve MacFarlane - Slant Magazine
So copious is the spilling of blood, and so lovingly does the camera watch it, that director Noam Murro veers uncomfortably close to fetishism.
- Daily Mail [UK]
Fans of the first outing will not feel they've been stabbed in the back.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Too much is going on. Too many characters bog down the action and the narrative thrust.
Charles Ealy - Austin American-Statesman
Hopefully fans of sword-and-sandal epics want more than fourth-rate battles and speeches, followed by more battles and then more speeches.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It's a spectacle right down to its shattered ships and duplicitous warcraft, and this time out the story's been leavened and enlivened with plenty of old-school girl power.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Even though Green has 40 per cent of the screen time, she makes off with 90 per cent of the fun ...
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Murro may believe that he's directed an anti-fascist movie, but what he's really made is almost as coercive as fascist melodrama. It's a big bully of an action film.
Michael Sragow - Orange County Register
A revisionist tale of female empowerment suggesting the fairer sex was the equal of any man even when engaged in mortal hand-to-hand combat.
Kam Williams - Baret News
Yep, it might have taken seven years, but the 300 franchise has returned with more hysterically historical butchery for your entertainment pleasure.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Rise Of An Empire retains the earlier film's hyper-stylized, digital backlot slickness, but without the Spartan rah-rah-rah that has ensured 300's enduring popularity.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - AV Club
Granted, you don't go into this sort of thing expecting originality - or even coherence - but geez, a bit more effort would have been nice. Instead, we get a Z-grade knock-off of a B-grade cult film with half the style and none of the flair.
Gary Dowell - Dark Horizons
"Rise of an Empire" is not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it's very impressive in its single-minded dedication to creating a moviegoing experience designed to totally engulf its audience.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
You will learn virtually nothing from this movie, except that Eva Green has very nice breasts.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Eva Green is a firestorm in a movie that simply doesn't deserve her.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Murro's bottled lightning with his female star, Green, whose brutal punk vamp is the best reason to see the film.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Murro has a very tiresome habit, whenever anyone gets stabbed or slashed, of switching suddenly to slo-mo so that the gout of blood can spray languidly across the screen.
a situation where style trumps substance
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
"Empire" proves that no decapitation can be too slow and no disemboweling too implied.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
With the newness gone, all of the bloody battles in Rise of an Empire come across as gratuitous and boring.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
The bold and bloody visual style remains reasonably compelling and the seafaring battle sequences mark the film apart from the original.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
Eva Green shows up as the film's best visual effect, transposing a one-note henchwoman into a symphony of glowers, glares, gnashing teeth and blunt-force decolletage.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A plotless montage of anonymous bodies.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Marching to the same beat as its predecessor, this belated follow-up delivers even more visual excess and brain-deadening bloodshed. Those who will find this fulfilling already know who they are.
Michael Sauter - Film Journal International
The title 300: Rise of an Empire takes on a whole new meaning when this bombastically stylized ancient Greece live-action cartoon comes to its inadvertently hilarious seduction scene.
As far as history goes, and the box office dictates, there's plenty of room for a sequel. The ending almost commands it. In another eight years, we're likely to see 300: Xerxes, Bigger, Better, More Berserk.
Tom Meek - Paste Magazine
This isn't a film for purists, nor is it a film for those who delve into Herodotus in their spare time. This is a comic book movie using Greek wars as a backdrop to tell archetypical tales.
Marvels abound early on, including a wondrous panorama of sacked Athens with reeking fires, howling armies, keeling-over statues. By sea-fight time it is the battle hymn of the Athenian republic versus the growing din of deja vu.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Green is fun to watch - she always is - but there's a point at which the caricature becomes the career, and that point is drawing closer.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
[S]erves as a prequel and a sequel, while providing a central plot that runs concurrently to the events of the previous film, and yes, the result is as unfocused as it sounds.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A very dull sequel that cries our for the same kind of larger-than-life hero played by Butler in the original. Worth watching only for Eva Green.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A bloody good - emphasis on the bloody - if occasionally flawed, companion piece that's nearly as entertaining a crowd-pleaser as its predecessor.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
300: Rise of an Empire only seems to exist to bolster the CGI blood industry.
Each vanquished man must be brutally massacred and approximately four gallons of blood must spurt out graphically- sometimes in slow motion-- in this tiring prequel/sequel.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
Less bad, more just listless and disjointed. Eva Green is MVP by a long way.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
Excessive in a humorless, mind-numbing way.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Provides a more inventive, wrecked viewing experience, trusting in the tenets of violence and heroism to craft a rousing blitz of war zone mayhem, with Murro delivering on the challenge one squirting neck wound at a time.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
There's over-the-top, and then there's just bafflingly insane.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Has what it takes to bring a sense of awe back to modern audiences no longer easily impressed with fantastical, effects-driven sights.
Rise of an Empire is a sumptuous feast for the eyes that's a worthy sequel to the action classic that doesn't improve on the formula, but does entertain for the majority of its run-time.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies
The battle for Europe continues in this ridiculously violent and cartoonish second installment, which does to history what Darius I tried to do to Greece.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Wide-eyed and hammy, [Eva Green]'s Artemesia lusts for blood the way nymphomaniacs do sex. She makes out with a freshly dislodged head, howls orgasmically as she hacks limbs and snarls her way through lines like, "You fight better than you f-."
Matt Prigge - Metro
History takes a beating in '300: Rise of an Empire,' and viewers get a pretty good pummeling, too....another wacky, CGI-dominated, ultra-macho bloodbath.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Both blood-bathetic and deliriously entertaining high camp...will appeal mainly to meatheads, but those with a tolerance for over-the-top violence may appreciate it on other levels.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
If you are expecting to see buckets of blood, no less than 25+ slow motion shots and the angriest sex scene of all of 2014, then 300: Rise of an Empire will not disappoint!
Jon Lyus - HeyUGuys
There's more than enough to keep you entertained and diverted.
Neil Smith - Total Film
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.
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 occasionally unintentionally funny. That said, it's also utterly mesmerising, visually gorgeous and totally compelling.
Anthony O'Connor - FILMINK (Australia)
Drowns in style and thrashes around the big screen like a chest beating ape. This is not Sparta.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This movie is just an exercise in bloodletting.
- Orlando Weekly
What 300: Rise of an Empire lacks in Gerard Butler, it makes up for tenfold in Eva Green.
Stephen Lambrechts - Neon Maniacs
[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 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
Offers more, more, MORE in terms of gore, glory and battling brotherhood. And yet, this sequel pales in comparison to its predecessor.
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
"Rise of an Empire" lacks director Snyder's shrewd deconstruction of cartoonish hagiography, undermining the glorious, robust escapism of testosterone-fueled historical reenactment with an underdog story that's almost too reflective to be rousing.
There is a sex scene in '300: Rise of an Empire' that is an all-timer.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
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