“You Fool....you Let Troy Burn For This Woman!”
“"Don't Spend Your Life Following Some Fool's Orders."”
“This War Will Never Be Forgotten, Nor Will The Heroes Who Fight In It.”
“Everything Is More Beautiful For The Doomed”
“The Ultimate Trojan Epic War Movie”
“It's Certainly Not A Bad Film, But It's Not Even Close To Greatness. Possibly The Years Biggest Disappointment.”
“Screw Van Helsing! This Movie Marks The True Start Of The Summer Movie Season, And It's Definitely Worth The Extended Stay In The Theater. ”
“For The Most Part This Is A War Story And One That Remains As Relevant As Ever. Mostly It Is A Story About Character And The Perils Of Greed, Vanity, Arrogance And Bloodlust. You Remember Character? Well, If All You See Are Movies -- Maybe Not.”
A pageant long but not deep, noisy but not stirring, expensive but not sumptuous.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A gripping, well-told adaptation of one of the oldest human dramas.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
In a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, [Pitt's] pretty terrific.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Offers several popcorn buckets' worth of good old-fashioned time at the movies.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
What's missing from the experience is the poetry only a director can bring to an enterprise this sprawling.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
As a war movie, Troy is strangely noncommittal -- the slaughter has a numb, ineffective, over-processed tone to it.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
There are breathtaking vistas, taut political intrigues, dangerous romantic liaisons and one of the greatest wardrobes ever assembled for a costume drama.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
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.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Thanks to Bana and O'Toole, Troy partakes in the power and pleasure of a story with such classic pedigree.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A fairly routine action picture with an advanced case of grandeuritis.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Harsh, serious, and both exhilarating and tragic, the right tonal combination for Homer.
David Denby - New Yorker
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
In a league with Hollywood's top historical epics, ancient or otherwise.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Riveting entertainment with a bit more on its mind and a sense of grandeur that's undeniable.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
It's massive, opulent, passionate and -- unlike most summer time-wasters -- surprisingly intelligent.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Epic in the best, old-fashioned sense.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Such a tame and timid epic -- it's all meek to me.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Troy isn't so much a simplified retelling of The Iliad as a re-imagined version of it, told wholly without imagination.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Often plays like what it is: a clunky toga-and-sandals picture, with Hollywood compromises abounding.
David Edelstein - Slate
All of the visual majesty that hundreds of millions of dollars can buy cannot obscure the perfunctory and unsatisfying development of the major characters.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This is The Iliad as a WWE SmackDown: violent fights, snappy insults and a connoisseur's idolatry of beautiful brawn.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Troy, besides being tremendously entertaining, is the best crib-sheet guide to Homer ever.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
- Sight and Sound
Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
While an achievement in visuals, Troy fails in every other aspect including its writing and storytelling.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Despite its shortcomings, Troy is a visual smorgasbord.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The face-off between Achilles and Hector is beautifully realized, all the more wounding because we can precisely read each man's emotions going into the fight.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It's coherent at least. But only barely. Its special effects are pretty, and it has a cool soundtrack (though it's over-used). But boy is the writing terrible. I mean, terrible.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
All the cast members, even Mr. Pitt, adopt the obligatory British accent, sans contractions, employed by the historical drama genre, even though the action takes place in Ancient Greece.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
A numbingly reliable tick-tock of expository set pieces alternating with vast CGI-aided battle scenes.
Jessica Winter - Time Out
- Film Threat
Troy condenses Homer's ten-year war into a couple of months.
Uri Lessing - www.kcactive.com
The battle of Troy takes the jump from history books to film with little consideration, disregarding the story's historical accuracy and failing to entertain audiences with the kind of flashy battle sequences the summer season demands.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Aside from being the first Hair Movie of the year, Troy also claims the prize of being the first Get Your Fat Butt to the Gym Movie of the year.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
'A valiant but doomed affair, as carefully constructed -- and ultimately as hollow -- as the Trojan Horse itself.'
Jeannette Catsoulis - Las Vegas Mercury
It's no classic but Troy does prove to be a damn good film overall.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Wooden horse, wooden acting, wouldn't bother if I were you.
Jonathan Romney - Independent