300: Rise of an Empire Reviews

  • 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

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