Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Mar 7, 2014
    Both a prequel and a sequel to the original tale, only with more bloodspilling and slow-motion, and even less wit or truth.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Mar 7, 2014
    The empty violence and pointless style are only the biggest problems.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Mar 6, 2014
    By throwing herself headfirst into scenes that a more cautious actress might beg off, Green earns herself a citation for valour – a Purple Heart in a movie that’s otherwise way too grim and grey for its own good.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 6, 2014
    When the film isn’t sloppily directed, it’s a series of lazy filmmaking tics, including fetishistic slow-motion shots of blood, water and sweat, as well as sundry dismemberments, impalings and decapitations.
  5. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Mar 6, 2014
    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 super safe.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 6, 2014
    The only saving grace is Green, the reigning witch-queen of cinema. The smoky-eyed French actress, best known for “Casino Royale,” “The Golden Compass” and “Dark Shadows,” throws her all into the performance, going bare-chested at times, bared-teeth at others. She’s like Elizabeth Taylor’s "Cleopatra" possessed by a succubus — which is a good thing. Without her, 300: Rise of an Empire would be bloodless and brainless.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 6, 2014
    "300" was an innovative and imaginative action film, but the follow-up, 300: Rise of an Empire, is nothing but a disappointment.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Mar 6, 2014
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Mar 5, 2014
    Murro doesn’t so much direct as frame and stage, placing the characters against digital desktop-wallpaper skies and constructing each battle scene as a showcase for the characters’ prowess and toughness.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 466 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 111
  2. Negative: 26 out of 111
  1. Mar 13, 2014
    Totally Forgettable. Too much cliche scenes and very weak story makes this sequel one of the worst I have ever seen. Amazing how the trailer could be so deceiving. Don't waste your money! Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2014
    Saw this movie last night in 2-D. My first issue was that the blood effect look cheesy but perhaps in 3-D may have looked better. Eva Green was awesome but the leading man sucked. Wasn't buying the story because they had these regular soldiers able to take on the immortals like they were nothing. Absolutely loved the first 300 but this 300 I walked away disappointed and bored. Full Review »
  3. Mar 23, 2014
    The only thing I find myself thinking when I see a movie like this and then arrive @ metacritic, is what on Earth these people are thinking who give it a positive score. I wish I could be in their head for just an hour, just to see how truly stupid these people are. Full Review »