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action & adventure, drama

The epic graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City) assaults the screen with the blood, thunder and awe of its ferocious visual style faithfully recreated in an intense blend of live-action and CGI animation.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
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Positive role models
1 out of 5

Bloody, fanboyish retelling of an ancient battle.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is no Masterpiece Theater rendition of ancient history. Like Sin City, 300 is an ultraviolent tale based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. There's blood galore as the Spartans -- trained war machines -- defend their land against Xerxes' massive Persian army. Battlefield valor and violence is glorified by the Spartans, who take no prisoners and show no mercy. Heads literally roll, blood splatters, exotic animals are sliced and speared. Many, many soldiers on either side die gruesomely. If on-screen death and war -- even one so stylized and cartoonish at times -- is too disturbing a subject matter for your kids (or you!), this bloodfest isn't a safe bet.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Spartans' upbringing and values. Why are 7-year-olds forced to fight each other -- and adults?
  • Xerxes offers Leonidas what sounds like a sweet deal; why does the king, facing certain death, turn it down?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 300 is about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 8, 2007

Fresh: Does the film stay faithful to the Miller and Varley's vision? Indeed it does -- to a kunch!

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 9, 2007

Rotten: 300 was as pathetically puerile as I had expected.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

pretty silly - world's longest video game cut scene

- brooklynspo, Friday, April 13, 2007

4 stars

This movie was awesome. It has some really cool fight scenes and really good dialogue. I think this movie uses slow motion too much though. I also think this movie is a little overated. I was going to give this 3 1/2 stars but i did really enjoy the movie so im going to bump it up half a star. Grade: B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, October 9, 2010

3 stars

(I'm bumping my original score down a bit, to what I feel is more accurate.) My opinion of this movie has changed over the last few months. I now see clearly that the battles weren't as amazing as I originally thought, the characters were as one dimensional as they can be, and I was left extremely unsatisfied with the ending. Yes, I know the Spartans had meet that particular destiny, but the way they did was totally weak, in my opinion. Now that all the negativity is out of the way, I did in fact enjoy 300. Everyone else here has already gushed about the visuals, so I'll just add that they are in fact as good as everyone says. Good dialogue (if appropriately over the top) that was pretty funny at times, and a few (though not enough) excellent action sequences. And Lena Headey had the most badass part in the whole movie, I love that woman.

- lewiskendell, Monday, September 6, 2010