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Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.
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Fresh: Harsh, serious, and both exhilarating and tragic, the right tonal combination for Homer.
- David Denby, New Yorker, Sunday, August 1, 2004
Rotten: Often plays like what it is: a clunky toga-and-sandals picture, with Hollywood compromises abounding.
- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, May 14, 2004
Fresh: In a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, Pitt's] pretty terrific.
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, May 14, 2004
Troy is loved by the public, and I respect that, but as a film lover I did not find it as entertaining as everyone else. The storyline was boring in my opinion and easily forgettable. The cast was a bunch of actors girls can sweat for and thats pretty much it. The action scenes are great, i will admit that, much just action doesn't make a good film. Troy can be loved by everyone for all I care, I just did not like it very much.
- DreamExtractor, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
One word - long. Now I know I am a chick so movies like this aren't specifically made for me, but really did it HAVE to be THAT long? Nevertheless, it was a pretty good movie, even if it did take me a million attempts to watch.
- theunknownhobo, Thursday, August 25, 2011
Based on Homer's The Iliad, one of the most famous tale's ever told, Troy has all the usual Hollywood epic ingredients; an American hero with bulging biceps sporting an odd accent, a supporting cast of British character actors who routinely show him up (especially Peter O'Toole who brings some real humanity to his somewhat underwritten role) and a soundtrack of the usual faux-folk warbling and penny whistles that seem to mean "ye olden days" to US audiences. Brian Cox is actually pretty good fun as the megalomaniacal king and Orlando Bloom's fresh faced vulnerability that I find usually compromises him in leading roles actually works to his advantage here. To be honest, all the characters are really just stereotypical "heroes" with little insight or depth but it has a sense of spectacle that reminded me of the similar old school historical adventures that pleasantly pass rainy Sunday afternoons. The fact is your enjoyment of this film is entirely dependent on whether or not you can swallow Brad Pitt as an ancient Greek hero and I have to say as ridiculous a casting choice it was, he does bring a hell of a lot of presence to the screen. It's no Gladiator, but compared to dim-witted trash like Clash Of The Titans it's a masterpiece.
- garyX, Wednesday, April 18, 2012