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
Dean Essner - 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
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Troy condenses Homer's ten-year war into a couple of months.
Uri Lessing - www.kcactive.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.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
Dean Essner - Independent
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Troy is not a great film, not even an especially good film, but it is an engrossing film, sometimes for the wrong reasons but close enough for Hollywood.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Troy is an empty and dispiriting game, a contest of steroid-ingesting brutes who have made themselves gods in their own minds.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Emotionally inert sand and sandals extravaganza
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Feel your jaw drop when first viewing the arrival of the thousand Greek ships, a visual masterpiece.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
See for yourself, but, for me, it was much ado about nothing.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Bruising battles and some stirring performances make Troy enjoyable, if rather long.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
a throwback to the old Hollywood sword-and-sandal epics of the 1950s, but with more blood
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Homer's Iliad is stunningly recreated, but never achieves the greatness it deserves.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
'Espectacular relato epico que, a pesar de su falta de emotividad, es un claro ejemplo de cine de calidad.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Dramatic scene after dramatic scene fails to take flight: too many face-to-face quarrels, flatly blocked and bluntly written.
Richard Kelly - Sight and Sound
The latest in a very long line of films made to give us those things that other mediums could not provide.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Troy...is a Classic Comics version of The Iliad...but when it comes to Hollywood summer spectaculars and sandal epics, Troy suffices.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
The film is good for many of its concepts but fails to really capture the narratives desperation.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
I swear if I hear the phrase "the Gods" one more time I'm going to puke.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
the score and final ballad are so painful, Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On will sound like music to your ears.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Troy proves that Brad Pitt has the nicest rump of any man to ever hail from Springfield, Missouri.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
"Petersen is not the man you turn to for elegance or lightness of touch: his handling of narrative is lumbering. His camera work is overemphatic. A tackiness prevails."
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
In the same league with Oscar winners (and more graphic) Braveheart and Gladiator films. If you want historical accuracy, go rent a documentary.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
...the marriage of drama and action is tenuous at times, but all in all, this is a pretty impressive grown up summer blockbuster.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
...the gladiator epic as a male stripper fantasy with Brad Pitt removing his armor as much as possible.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
You may be thinking, 'I fear Hollywood, even when it comes bearing gifts.'...Troy is the real deal, even allowing for Pitt's non-Herculean performance as Achilles.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
The digital work is superb with the huge battle scenes looking very realistic.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
a 'chick flick' war adventure that suitably adapts Homer to inspire thousands of high school comparative essays.
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Falling between Gladiator and Return of the King, it's as good of an ancient war epic as you're likely to find in this post Lord of the Rings era.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
This is a frequently flawed film, but for fans of classical adventures it is worth seeing anyway.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...there's just something exciting about watching two men attack each other with crude weapons.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Moderately impressive battle scenes with a framework of insipidly teenaged dialog about love and honor.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The wrath of Brad looks more like a migraine.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Troy is to Gladiator what Jakob the Liar was to Schindler's List.
Fred Topel - About.com
The battle scenes are impressive, but you get the feeling that you've already seen this kind of monumental scrap done with more finesse.
Adrian MacKinder - Future Movies UK
The end result is the sound and fury of Homer undone.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Il y avait longtemps que je n'avais vu un film me tirailler autant entre le positif et le negatif.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
For all its hype, "Troy" is just another war movie wrapped in a bigger, prettier box.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
With some good action acting from Pitt and Bana, it's a shame that Troy doesn't make enough out of the romantic center of this story.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Big, bold, superb epic mixes timeless themes with here-and-now issues to strong, startling effect.
James Rocchi - Netflix
This movie makes it look like there haven't been any advances in dialogue and acting technique since Charlton Heston's day.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Troy is a Cliffs Notes version without the helpful observations, a classic fable reduced to soap opera cheese and action movie idiocy.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Nothing more than a bigger, louder, glossier, possibly even sillier film than those cheesy Italian cheapies with U.S. titles like Mole Men Vs. the Son of Hercules.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
crammed with near-campy moments and dialogue that often suggests 'The Young and the Restless -- 1200 B.C.'... ultimately seems as inauthentic as a gyro from Taco Bell.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
A hugely entertaining film, sprinkled with moments of brilliance.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Worth seeing for the fight scenes, for Bana's understated Hector, for Sean Bean as the pragmatic and crafty Odysseus, and for the spectacle of the Greek army laying siege to the mightiest city of the ancient world.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
'Troy' definitely must be seen on the big screen to appreciate its full impact.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Forget the topicality if you want -- anyway, it's only there if you scratch the surface. What isn't buried is the movie's larger-than-life zeal.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A prime example of Hollywood "epic" making at its most misguided.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
"Gladiator" it isn't. But it's a good solid popcorn-munchers' action flick all the same.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)