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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 inspireBased 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. 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. It's impossible not to be moved by its nearly nonstop visual assault.
  3. Look, but don't be touched: There is much to see but little to remember in this telling of a battle we are meant never to forget.
  4. Reviewed by: Will Lawrence
    60
    Visually stunning, thoroughly belligerent and as shallow as a pygmy’s paddling pool, this is a whole heap of style tinged with just a smidgen of substance.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    That it's so flat as an action movie probably has a lot to do with why people might prefer to jawbone over its putatively controversial aspects--there's really not much of a “wow” factor to revel in.
  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. 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. ChristineG.
    Mar 11, 2007
    10
    This is the best movie that I have seen in quite a while. It should win awards for its style/visuals. Kept me entertained and emotionally This is the best movie that I have seen in quite a while. It should win awards for its style/visuals. Kept me entertained and emotionally involved the whole time. This is not a "movie" or a documentary for that matter. 300 is a film. Expand
  2. ThomasB
    Jul 29, 2007
    10
    300 is an epic, manly film. Anyone who disagrees should be Spartaed in the face, with a blunt butterknife. Anyone who dislikes it, 300 is an epic, manly film. Anyone who disagrees should be Spartaed in the face, with a blunt butterknife. Anyone who dislikes it, doesn't like manly films and is probably a Xerxes. Expand
  3. GuillermoGalindo
    Mar 8, 2007
    10
    Based upon i have seen so far, this movies is nothing short of spectacular action and dramatic scenes that can show us that ancient battlesBased upon i have seen so far, this movies is nothing short of spectacular action and dramatic scenes that can show us that ancient battles can be more exciting trough the eyes and mind of a great director. Really a must see for everyone that loves a great epic movie. Expand
  4. LiefS.
    Sep 5, 2007
    8
    Visually amazing and I ask for nothing more. the story was really good too, my only problem was the writing; seemed stuck between old roman Visually amazing and I ask for nothing more. the story was really good too, my only problem was the writing; seemed stuck between old roman and a weird modern way of talking. Besides that if u didn't like the movie u need to man up and blame ur narcolepsy if u thought it was boring. Expand
  5. TomL.
    Apr 2, 2007
    7
    Here is a movie with incredible special effects, and really nothing else. Gerard Butler delivers a decent performance, just enough to get you Here is a movie with incredible special effects, and really nothing else. Gerard Butler delivers a decent performance, just enough to get you to care what happens to the few brave spartans. The talking is dull, primarily the lena heady scenes, but after one particular scene and a subsequent vengance, i did start to like her a bit more. But there is enough violent, fast, brutal action filled with the best of both worlds from Zack Snyder and Frank Miller, the graphic novelist for which the film is based. The film is inspired, but not spectacular Expand
  6. JamesN.
    Mar 11, 2007
    5
    Take ear-plugs. Omitting the dialouge, and musical score is the best thing you can do to help this movie. Just admire the hypnotic visuals Take ear-plugs. Omitting the dialouge, and musical score is the best thing you can do to help this movie. Just admire the hypnotic visuals and create your own plot. No matter what your created plot is, it will be better than the one the screenwriter has provided. Expand
  7. RobD.
    Mar 11, 2007
    0
    Awful film. It really does no justice for the real heroism of the real battle.

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