300 explodes off the screen in IMAX. It is the only way to see this epic picture.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
This is dazzle for the head, not the heart.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
300 is about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Apart from anything else, the idea of America having the Spartans' underdog status is not plausible.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The battle sequences are filled with grotesque spectacle: They start off entertainingly ferocious, then grow numbing with stylized spraying blood and severed heads.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's kind of a ghastly hoot, and while I suppose it does no harm, it also contributes nothing. It's a guilty unpleasantness.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
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.
Nathan Lee - Village Voice
It's impossible not to be moved by its nearly nonstop visual assault.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Does the film stay faithful to the Miller and Varley's vision? Indeed it does -- to a kunch!
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
[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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A muscle-magazine fantasy crossed with a video game and an Army recruiting film.
David Denby - New Yorker
300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
The movie should've been called Ode to a Grecian Ab.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It is a wall-to-wall canvas of expressionist ultraviolence.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It is undeniably exciting and awe-inspiring; but it also lacks a sense of tactile warmth, a crucial core of reality.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
300 was as pathetically puerile as I had expected.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A blustery, bombastic, visually arresting account of the Battle of Thermopylae as channeled through the rabid imagination of graphic novelist Frank Miller.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
A full-blooded, testosterone-spiked shot glass that you down in one ferocious sitting.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It's most definitely a Spartan movie, yet it's really all about wretched excess.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
300, even with its impressive vistas of computer-generated soldiers, is just a throwaway epic.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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).
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Frank Miller's graphic novel about an ancient Greek battle comes to vivid life.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
300 is a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
So manly it makes Troy look like a Mary-Kate and Ashley adventure.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Wallowing in the same adolescent nihilism as his Sin City, this adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel suffers from a similar lack of momentum.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Chicago
Despite a cracking central premise and outstanding visuals, 300 ultimately leaves you feeling more gutted than some of the disemboweled soldiers on display throughout the movie.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Visually thrilling and viscerally satisfying.
Scott Huver - Hollywood.com
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
As the first blockbuster of the year, 300 sets the bar high enough, and is enjoyably silly.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
If 300 represents an evolution in 'virtual' cinema, then at the same time it tells a story that transports us back to the violent roots of western civilisation.
Andrew Osmond - Sight and Sound
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
[Snyder] twists the brawn and battle into a cartoonish FX extravaganza with severed body parts and globules of blood flying across the screen.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
300 is a fun-fest of blood, mayhem, and absurdity. At its best, it is entertaining; when it's not at its best, it's pretty dumb. It's pretty dumb much of the time.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Zack Snyder's film version of the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley may look like the greatest music video ever made; whether or not it is a decent feature film is another question altogether.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
This is death and war as ancient poets might have imagined it, glorious and provocative ... 300 is a powerhouse actioner.
Mark Pollard - Kung Fu Cinema
All this bellowing and testosterone gets old fast -- especially since there's not much of a plot outside of the combat scenes, and the not-much-of-a-plot scenes are laden with dialogue worthy of Anakin and Padme.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The look and feel of this historic battle is perfect for the virtual backgrounds and obscene violence. Again, trust me on the violence.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
300 is an orgy of gore, a blood-letting on a titanic scale, a ballet of butchery in which half-naked men and the torrents of blood they elicit move in perfect, slow-motion choreography to a thunderous soundtrack. And I loved every minute of it.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Machismo, thy name is Sparta!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
I still wish David Wenham weren't the narrator, but everything else about the movie is a brutal kind of hypnotic that keeps me coming back.
Luke Y. Thompson - OC Weekly
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Bloody, fanboyish retelling of an ancient battle.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
A typical stupid action movie, with an extra dollop of stupid on the side.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It would now seem that the notebook drawings of troubled teenage boys have been elevated to the status of "high art". God save us all.
Rob Humanick - Stranger Song
While far from sophisticated in its 'I have filled my heart with hate' messaging, it resonates with the 'us versus them' worldview that's wildly popular in some circles.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
300 is poorly-executed, bare-bones storytelling that is hoping and praying no one notices. I did.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
An overwrought, revved-up, and deeply silly symphony of clanging steel and spurting blood.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
...relentless in its attempt to recreate the graphic novel's vision of the carnage at Thermopylae.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
While the film is stunning to look at, the added scenes and scenery-devouring acting fall flat.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
This is a flick for guys, so grab a few beers, pull up a chair and have a blast...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Estupendamente fotografiada, actuada en su justa dimension y visualmente atractiva, 300 representa un buen ejercicio filmico que no pasara a la historia pero que se puede disfrutar, preferentemente, en una pantalla de cine.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
film koji %u0107e gledateljima omogu%u0107iti da se na trenutak odmore od ponekad uistinu iritiraju%u0107e "politi%u010Dke korektnosti"
Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
its hackneyed dialogue and ridiculous bluster rank it a little lower than any of a handful of old gladiator movies made for a fraction of the price.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
An overabundance of style accenting a substance-deprived story.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Despite all the visual trickery and slick filmmaking, it can't really hide that underneath is a vehicle as clunky, empty and vacuous as a mediocre comic adaptation
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
un produit surcharge dont on se delecte niaisement pendant pres de deux heures pour ensuite passer a autre chose
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
A hugely satisfying thrill ride, with superb writing, competent acting, and exemplary cinematography, no matter how it was generated.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Hey, if Frank Miller's "Sin City" was too tame for you, aybe "300" will give you enough bloodshed.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
In this handsome pantomime, the performances are not what we are watching.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
It's an enjoyable two hours.
Harry Chotiner - culturevulture.net
Como adaptacion de un comic al cine, 300 es visualmente impactante. Pero una vez que uno se acostumbra queda solo la historia, y alli no hay nada nuevo, original, ni sorprendente.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
It is violent enough to make you shudder and close enough to fascist art to make your skin crawl.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
The thing about 300 is its visual style, after all, and this is where the film's real stars shine
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Reduces the violence of battle to cartoonish proportions that make the film as a whole much less involving than it should be.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The Spartan soldiers, carrying shields like dustbin lids and spears like park railings, have shiny rippling bodies, wear black leather Speedos and short red cloaks, and seem to be responding to an invitation to a fancy-dress party at a gay New York club.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Moralmente repreensivel e narrativamente fragil. Ainda assim, e um filme contagiante cuja beleza plastica chega quase a compensar por todos os seus demais problemas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
300 is an impressive spectacle, but after so much fighting and self-important speechifying, I just wanted them to get it over with and die.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The hyper-real blue screen and the moral complexity of root veg remains faithful to Miller. But you can't help feeling this could have had more to say about war than "come join the party!".
Stuart McGurk - thelondonpaper
This graphic novel turned action thriller is definite empty-headed fun.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
This is a gorgeously designed, impressively directed and action-packed swords-and-sandals flick, even if the fascist overtones and the shouting gets a bit much after a while.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Visually stunning, thoroughly belligerent and as shallow as a pygmy's paddling pool, this is a whole heap of style tinged with just a smidgen of substance.
Will Lawrence - Empire Magazine
There's so much testosterone pumping through the new film 300 that the screen seems to sweat the male hormone.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Ancient history may be Greek to me, but 300 packages it like a Happy Meal -- bloated with empty calories and too much cheese but still very tasty. Boy toys included.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
What we have is a vulgar and over- dramatic retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. But as vulgar and over-dramatic retellings of history go, this one is not bad.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...some rousing battles and an aura of the misty, unreachable past that few movies can even hint at.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's not a film I have a lot of affection for and it's not one I'm eager to see again, but I appreciate the skill with which the movie was made.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Contains some wow moments visually, but little else.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
As silly as it is stylish...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Call it an attempt to jumpstart our imagination or a metaphoric map to rediscovering our inner joy, but 300 is built for spectacle, not scholarship.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Silly, stylish, and entertaining.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
It might have been one of the great all-time mad, bad movies but for one thing - it's just sooo boring.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Snyder's take isn't a transcendent epic, rather, an entertaining comic book one.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
A film whose primary purpose is to entertain the male ego.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
The devotion to sameness means that a disappointing subplot involving Gorgo is set off awkwardly: she doesn't fit aesthetically the rest of the tableau.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Taken on it's own terms - as Greek myth meets Looney Tunes - it's kind of a masterpiece.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Zack Snyder has created one of the most stylish and intense comic book movies ever made-period.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It helps nothing that the movie is also so very, very hilarious. Deliciously, gloriously, unintentionally hilarious.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
... a movie that wishes it were a 'rated M for mature' video game.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Depersonalizes the major players to such a degree that one ends up feeling more sympathy for the shields that end up receiving the brunt of the sword blows and arrow piercings.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
By Zeus, where do I sign up for the Crusades?
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
While the film is an inspired bit of production design, ingeniously conceived and skillfully crafted, what it ultimately lacks in its final, sweeping gestures is any sense of gravity.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
A good bargain, in that you get exactly what they promise, but only that. But if that's what you want, man, you won't be disappointed.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Worst of all, it's a phony spectacle. It's less like watching a movie than it's like watching a parade of production-design sketches flow across the screen.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Every few years, a film comes along that epitomizes what it means to be cool. The Matrix earned that honor in 1999. 300 earns it now.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
'300' delivers what legions of moviegoers are looking for -- sure-handed, confident, blustery filmmaking, done mainly on computer.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
'I am the God-King,' said Xerxes, 'and I have the gold-encrusted Speedo and the encyclopedic knowledge of the lyrics of Guys and Dolls to prove it!'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Until the wheels come off, 300 has about it a certain lean, alien quality.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A monochromatic, testosterone-sodden cross of Gladiator and Sin City strictly for the bloodlust demographic.
Kam Williams - EURWeb
Whatever your reason for going into 300, I can't imagine leaving it very excited by what you get. I can imagine being excited by the prospect of leaving -- for me, the end credits of 300 rolled up on the screen with the comforting shock of a parole notice
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Essentially a stylish comic book-style remake of a 1962 movie, The 300 Spartans.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A film that's full of violence and testosterone and fills in the story holes with gorgeous slaughter. But isn't that what the trailers promised?
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
How much cooler is a storyteller's epic tale when you can watch all the embellishments? After viewing 300, your answer may be 'infinitely.'
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
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.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
That brings us back to the battle sequences and the visuals, and let me tell you, they are everything you are expecting and more.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
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?
David Fear - Time Out New York
Apart from its pro-war propaganda, that comes in the form of unrelenting voice-over narration, "300" is a dog of a movie where cookie-cutter CGI battle scenes show thirty actors pretending to fight to the death.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The kids just want to have fun. Many of them will. But what does that say about another Greek contribution -- Western civilization?
Tom Charity - CNN.com
There's such a crushing rush of testosterone on display in "300," those who turn out to see it might leave the theater with an unexpected surprise--male pattern baldness. But don't fret. It's such a lightweight, the effects will be gone by morning.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
This is not your father's sword and sandals epic; it's more like your teenage brother's video game.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
The film is little more than a colorfully stylish, throwaway epic, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with something that simply aims to be populist entertainment.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
If it's comic books you want, you'll love this look at Spartans versus Persians. Even better in IMAX, but don't expect much story to go along with the sound and fury.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
A landmark motion picture, a spectacular visual feast that is as inventive and groundbreaking as 'The Matrix'.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
One of the casualties of all this digital-effects wizardry is a sense of emotional immediacy. There's a conspicuously remote quality to much of the movie that drains the film of the visceral energy it so desperately needs to make an impact.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Watching 300, there's the arresting sense of eavesdropping on another time.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
History is inconveniently complex. And so we get Frank Miller's version, in which everything is simplified to the point of porridge.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
You never forget that you're watching a movie, but that's very much part of the point.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
The stylized action, set to crunching guitar riffs, feels suffocating in its artificiality. Dialogue, taken mostly verbatim from Miller, comes cribbed from T-shirt slogans (real men wear crimson!) and Bruce Springsteen songs (no retreat, no surrender!).
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
'300' would have been a truly Olympian feat if it had characters that were as finely wrought as the images.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
With filmmaking both epic and imaginative, 300 is the stuff that legends are made of.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
I feel comfortable enough in my masculinity to say that if I had to stand in the presence of these men for more than ten seconds, I'd spontaneously grow a pair of ovaries.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
The fascinating, fetishized battle scenes of 300 leave as many questions on the ground as drops of blood.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
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.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
To hell with historical accuracy. What's required, but lacking, is the invocation of a butt-kicking right to continuously top itself. Artful decapitations, but a too-serious head on its shoulders.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
The story is told with respectable adherence to the known facts, and presents a riveting and uniquely stylized portrait of a very bloody age.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Primally, 300 has a grunting, gut impact...Primarily, it's constructed of fudged history and creative slaughtering, making it a somewhat disturbing American busman's holiday.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
For once, the Larry King quote machines who supply the advance blurbs to the studio for their marketing campaigns will be correct.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Once the Spartans start cracking jokes while finishing off opponents with spears, 300 starts to wobble.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Every complaint that's ever been made about comic books or comic book adaptations is accurate when applied to 300.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Like a Hong Kong 'pistol opera' only without any pistols, or shirts. I guess it's more of a 'nipple opera'.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
The film's concerns, like those of Miller's book, are narrow: It wants only to submerge you in a sea of heroic brutality. It does just that one thing, but it does it with feverish expertise.
Kurt Loder - MTV
You don't go to Hooters for the chicken wings - no matter what you might tell your wife - and you're not going to 300 for the plot nuances.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Coming soon to a football camp, police academy, military base, neocon assembly and jihadist cell near you: '300,' a motivational celebration of the 'no retreat, no surrender' ancient Spartans that disdains cut-and-run senators...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Instead of "Prepare for Glory!" it should be "Prepare for Gory!" It's a vividly stylized, spectacular, uber-violent video game.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
While the standard complaint might be about the surfeit of blood spilled, the real problem isn't so much the gore that gets splattered around in 300 as its lack of effect - it's all antiseptic and pretty.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The movie swings back and forth from awesome to awful so regularly and rapidly that it's like a jai alai match.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
It may not be by-the-book history -- a relative term in any event, when discussing the ancients whose worldview embraced men, gods and monsters -- but what a spectacle!
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Filled from first frame to last with images that are meant to burn themselves into your memory and force you to tell your friends about what you just saw.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
300 is just a silly, yet melodramatic, cliched, comic-book version of Gladiator with Frank Miller art direction.
Neil Springer - Jam! Movies
Zack Snyder adapts Frank Miller's sparse graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae with the same devoted verve that Robert Rodriguez brought to Sin City.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The picture achieves a heightened, painterly quality in its imagery. Also artistic is the fight choreography, where assured control of slow motion and other speed effects achieve a balletic rhythm in battle.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
...the movie suggests not only [Frank] Miller's graphic novel, but the equally compelling fantasy art of Frank Frazetta.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Wholesale human slaughter never looked so pretty as in this heavily stylized rendering of the battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece.
Gianni Truzzi - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
both outrageously gory and gorgeous at the same time... the sort of movie in which one man solemnly tells another, 'I have filled my heart with hate,' and his friend immediately replies, 'Good!'
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Snyder, needless to say, is completely on board with Miller's conception of Thermopylae as one- fifth history, four-fifths something that looks cool.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This long-winded macho man-athon becomes less of an epic tale of heroism than a contest for who can make his pecs the shiniest.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Visually arresting and wildly cut together, 300 is (despite its well-earned R-rating) precisely the kind of movie that turns 14-year-old boys into ravenous movie geeks.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Months before its release 300 already was revered by those who consider it a magnificent achievement for a live-action film to look exactly like a video game. Forgive me, but I don't see that as a reason to celebrate.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
I honestly don't see how you can not like this movie. Go see this movie. You will not be disappointed.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
If forgiven some fan-boy pandering and homophobia, "300" is a magnificent spectacle and testament to heroic sacrifice in the name of freedom.
Laura Clifford - rec.arts.movies.reviews
far more original than I thought possible
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Artistically triumphant in its arresting visual spectacle. Undoubtedly, the hyperactive male psyche for violent-induced petulance is proudly on display in the extravagant 300
Frank Ochieng - TheWorldJournal.com
If you're the type who applauds decapitation, your hands are going to be raw from cheering while watching 300. This movie is about the decapitations, severed limbs and blood splattering all over the screen. Yet, it works.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A big-screen adaptation of Men's Health and Fitness magazine, 300 is about as involving as sitting in front of a video game demo at Best Buy.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
the epic blockbuster of 2007 is an experience the audience won't soon forget.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The heavily stylized compositions, balletic, blood-gushing violence, and wave after wave of different styles of marauders at times feel more like a video game than a movie.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The result is a delirious, turbo-charged roar of a movie that plays like Spartacus on bizarre drugs.
Saxon Bullock - FilmFour.com
If anyone wanted to persuade vulnerable young minds to enter the maw of battle, 300 would make a heck of a recruitment video.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
It is too dumb as drama, even as war spectacle, to be transporting, frightening or sickening. Just numbing.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
CGI fans are going to love 300, as will the fanboys who get a goodly dose of the gratuitous sex, nudity and ultra-violent combat that they hope for.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Undeniably impressive on a visual level, the film is considerably more prosaic in terms of plotting and acting.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
There is so much slow motion that if they had run the entire film at normal speed, it would have been half as long.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
While the overall look of the movie is quite dissimilar to Frank Miller's Sin City, it's still very much in line with his beautiful artwork. With the help of a heap of CGI, Snyder does an astonishing job of bringing a hyper-reality to believable fruition.
Staci Layne Wilson - Sci-Fi Weekly
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Every piercing, slashing and beheading is front and center forming the kind of orgiastic tango of bloodletting that would have Peckinpah offering Zack Snyder a cigar.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
After a while, all of the excess, however glorious, just gets, well, excessive ... By the end, I didn't know which I wanted more: a cigarette, or, like, a whole bottle of aspirin.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
This is one of those ur-stories that actually feels like a slice of ancient wonder and grandeur...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The hilariously bombastic story about the ancient Battle of Thermopylae is very much like spending two hours watching someone play a video game.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The film is also quite action-heavy, which turns out to be its saving grace. The lengthy and rousing battle scenes are enough to outweigh most of the clunkier aspects ... sometimes just barely.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
300 may be the Guy Movie to end all Guy Movies.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
It's a fireworks show in the daytime, Christmas presents on December 26th, and porn without the penetration.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Not since Mario Bava's Hercules in the Haunted World has Greco-Roman movie-house mythmaking been so thoroughly well-conceived and executed.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
You couldn't say the script by Snyder, Kurt Johnstad and Michael Gordon is profound or historically true, but it provides a sturdy skeleton for the archetypal story and extraordinary special effects.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Ironically, the computer effects make it so clean, so ballet-like, so unrealistic. Battles should be chaotic and messy, not choreographed like an MGM musical.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A giddily gory, supercharged comic book that is, for action-movie fans, one money shot after another.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
300 is at its best when it settles for purely visceral thrills.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
I had two thoughts: (1) this looks really cool -- it's visually composed very well; and (2) it makes me think of a chain-combo from the video game God of War.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Put bluntly, the movie's just too darned silly to withstand any ideological theorizing. And 'silly' is invoked here, more or less, with affection.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
So militaristic and single-minded that it's like a CGI-heavy blockbuster version of Triumph of the Will.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It's got loads of action, stunning visuals and more testosterone than fraternity row. It's a spectacle to behold.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Unless you like human shish kabob, don't spring forward. Fall back.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Marked by spectacularly excessive visuals, with warfare transformed into a beautiful ballet of blood.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
...a perfect combination of moral wrongheadedness and inept filmmaking. On any level beyond the pictorial, Snyder makes clunky Cecil B. DeMille epics like The Ten Commandments look positively deft.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
In the end, 300's visual splendors don't give moviegoers anything to hang onto other than a batch of snappy images of extreme carnage.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
An assured visual stunner, full of sumptuous and grisly visions of an era past yet that still never existed.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Call 300 the New Age sword-and-sandal epic -- a Hercules movie for the computer age.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I'll be in the minority on this, but I just saw a film where 300 guys stood up to an army of thousands, so I'm feeling bold.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Neither history nor cinema is especially well served by 300, which is, nonetheless, a remarkable intersection of technology and imagination.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
300 is rated R for 'RAAAAAR!' and is about as inspirational as Field of Dreams multiplied by Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, plus infinity.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Made me long for the days when epics were photographed with the beauty and clarity of Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur and Spartacus.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Nonstop action from beginning to end, 300 is a film that starts off in high gear and doesn't slow down.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
300 is more about the fighting and less about the story or character development...
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
A primeval, elegant, music video. Plot & dialogue are unstable, wavering from occasionally powerful to just as often weak and cliche. Leads perform admirably.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
300 Spartans with pecs on a wall...
David Poland - Movie City News
when it works, it is both ferocious and mesmerizing. Butler's performance is never less than visceral
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
I can't imagine another film coming out this year that will beat these 300 in the art department.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
300 is an erotic spectacle for men (straight and gay apparently) and this demographic should bask in the bombastic grandeur of discourse, domination and decapitations.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
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.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
Director Zack Snyder is a visual genius - of that I'm sure - and 300 is very much a movie John Milius could love.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Zack Snyder invests loads of visual style into this adaptation of Frank Miller's now-classic graphic novel ... but there's not much going on underneath the gorgeous surface.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
300 blends bloody violence, sensuality, brutality, and moments of true beauty into an intoxicatingly unconventional film experience.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Fills a much-needed gap between gay porn and recruitment film.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Sensational. A masculine revelry. Makes every other action movie look like girls playing with dolls.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
It's like Fight Club without the tongue-in-cheek satire, cribbing from Gladiator, Braveheart, and every videogame that ever concluded a level with a giant boss battle.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Its themes and visual splendor demonstrably trump the sometimes-ludicrous bombast accompanying them.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The movie finds its unique look in replicating the source's water colour images within a mostly live action universe. It's a visual novelty that wears off before 300 reaches its half point.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Fanboys may embrace its wanton carnage, he-man heroics and bombastic dialogue, but 300 really belongs on a PlayStation rather than in a theatre.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I preferred Gerard Butler as the Phantom of the Opera, didn't you? But he was just dandy here as well.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
In between all the blood and guts, 300's careful costuming and sensuous style is intensely erotic.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The first must-see movie of 2007.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Zack Snyder fulfills the promise he showed in Dawn of the Dead with a vivid, colorful saga about the heroic Spartans that's just as visionary as Sin City but is also more entertaining.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Director Zack Snyder adapts Frank Miller's graphic novel with passion and creativity, proving that classical storytelling will never go out of style.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies