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300

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    60%
  • Audience Score
    89%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    60%
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  • Audience

    89%

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

When the corrupt oracles rule that Sparta should not be defended against the oncoming Persian army, King Leonidas leads an army of 300 warriors to defend their lands. In other words a dozen male strippers hack away in slow motion at a collection of CGI circus freaks and a giant drag queen for two solid hours. And that's it. Plot development? Nope. Characterisation? Nada. Meaningful dialogue? Zip. If anything, 300 is like a historical Ultraviolet, except instead of plastic sci fi cliches spouting techno-gibberish it just resembles a collection of Bill and Ted's album covers brought to life linked by a load of macho posturing in cod Olde Worlde speak. It's an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel so there is some nice imagery and well framed shots in deference to his vision, but I don't think history will look kindly on this film as it's basically just cinema reduced to the level of an empty, homo-erotic cartoon.

- garyX, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

2 stars

When the corrupt oracles rule that Sparta should not be defended against the oncoming Persian army, King Leonidas leads an army of 300 warriors to defend their lands. In other words a dozen male strippers hack away in slow motion at a collection of CGI circus freaks and a giant drag queen for two solid hours. And that's it. Plot development? Nope. Characterisation? Nada. Meaningful dialogue? Zip. If anything, 300 is like a historical Ultraviolet, except instead of plastic sci fi cliches spouting techno-gibberish it just resembles a collection of Bill and Ted's album covers brought to life linked by a load of macho posturing in cod Olde Worlde speak. It's an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel so there is some nice imagery and well framed shots in deference to his vision, but I don't think history will look kindly on this film as it's basically just cinema reduced to the level of an empty, homo-erotic cartoon.

- garyX, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] Some audiences think this is a masterpiece, some critics believe this is a total turkey. Truth is, it's neither. 300 is really nothing more than your average action adventure with the advantage of looking very nice. Zack Snyder's screen adaptation completely disinherits the graphic novels intellect, character development and political subtext as if it was nothing more than a knowingly silly retelling of an extraordinary historical event. But it just about redeems itself with its inspired and rightfully breathtaking cartoonish comic book visuals and it's bravely unrestricted attitude when it comes to full on graphic violence. All the way through I felt like it had the opportunity to say something philosophically or historically but it never did. Because really it's nothing more than eye candy and a bunch of men shouting at eachother. But those set pieces are absolutely striking and Gerard Butler's hilarious performance had me laughing all the way through. It doesn't work whatosever on the level of a perfect adaptation, it barely works on the level of a film, it's achievement lies in it's likably pantomine campiness and it's action sequences. Snyder isn't a great storyteller, his script isn't that remarkable but considering how baggy, boring and stupid his new film Sucker Punch is i'd rather be watching this any day. It also abuses the use of slow motion too much which took away some of the fun but generally 300 is a hilarious and dumb historical fantasy. That's a compliment.

- aquateen2, Monday, August 6, 2012