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  • Summary: Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. [Warner Bros.] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    Director Zack Snyder uses his computers to create ferocious and painterly images, with as much attention to each frame as a hand-drawn panel.
  2. 300 is a huge step forward in visually sophisticated storytelling.
  3. It's impossible not to be moved by its nearly nonstop visual assault.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A blustery, bombastic, visually arresting account of the Battle of Thermopylae as channeled through the rabid imagination of graphic novelist Frank Miller.
  5. 50
    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.
  6. 50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    It's a ponderous, plodding, visually dull picture, but the blame shouldn't be put on Snyder's skills per se, and has nothing to do with his ambition to blur the distinction between CGI and photography. Frankly, it's the slavish, frame-by-frame devotion to Miller's source material that's the problem.

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  1. Apr 28, 2011
    Although the historical accuracy i terrible, this is not exactly what you watch a film for in the first place. If you wanted accuracy you would watch a documentary, the film is however amazing, the fight scenes are epic, the music awesome and the cgi superb. Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2013
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  3. Aug 1, 2011
    Frank Miller is a stellar talent in the comic book world and this brought Zack Snyder to the forefront of inspired directorial visionaries that would prove his love for the source material for his following films (which is why I have full confidence in him tackling the man of steel). Itâ Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed watching 300. The vivid imagery created especially in the battle scenes was excellent. The best part is that it was presented as a story that once it was finished it showed what was to happen, leaving it open for the new sequel. However like all movies based on mythology it over exaggerated the main characters and skewed the story. All in all it was a good film and I would, and shall, watch it again. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2013
    300 marches to a subsequent victory.
    300 uses its artistic style of story telling with its ancient concept, and creates a truly unique
    product unseen until now. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2013
    Being a huge Snyder fan myself and knowing that this is his most famous film until Man of Steel comes out I have to say I was disappointed. The battle scenes weren't very epic and I imagine the Persian army could have and would have just run the f*ck over the Greeks if they were the small in numbers. and plus I hate Gerard Butler. Expand
  7. May 21, 2011
    Pretty to look at but too ridiculous to take seriously but not funny in any way shape or form. Its just so bland in every way besides the visuals and lacking any substance what so ever. I can see why people like it if they like style over substance but its surprisingly not badass (the entire reason my friends recommended it to me) and just terrible for people like me who don't put much stock in visuals. Expand

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