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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    83
    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
    60
    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
    20
    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
    10
    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
    10
    This Is
    SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    9
    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
    7
    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. Mar 2, 2014
    6
    300 is an interesting movie, but it contain weird, boring and slow scenes which made it boring, not to mention the irritating yellowish environment. The story in 300 is okay, and I really enjoyed the fighting, because it was so cool. The music in this movie is great, the actors are awesome and I really liked the ending, compared to the awful opening scene. The beginning was also to slow, and it continued to have a low tempo through the first part of the movie.
    Generally is 300 an okay movie, but there was nothing unique or spectacular in this movie, and it felt boring at several occasions.

    300 gets a 6/10
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  6. Apr 12, 2013
    5
    i don't know what's worst the script the makeup the effects the directing the movie picture or all of them i'm not really a big fan of these types of historical movies however i was ready to give it a shot and i'm glad i did so it would be the last time i see one of these movies also Gerard Butler somehow keeps getting from a horrible movie to another i guess some people are not right for Hollywood. Expand
  7. May 21, 2011
    0
    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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