BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: 300 Rise Of An Empire Reviews

By Drax Largo on March 7th, 2014

Critic Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

via Rotten Tomatoes

Long on crimson spurts of blood but low on character, larded with production value but bereft of any other kind of it, “300: Rise of an Empire’ is a 3D joke.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Film.com
 

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There is much grinding of teeth, and mauling of history, and anachronistic use of gunpowder, until we plug our ears and desperately pray to the gods of Olympus, or the brothers of Warner, that they might make an end.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
 

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If the movie’s action recalls video games, the dramatically artificial lighting suggests 1980s rock videos. Indeed, Rise of an Empire is so campy that it might work better as a musical.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: NPR
 

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An extension of the 300 universe, like an add-on content pack for a video game.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
 

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“300: Rise of an Empire” is a bloodbath and not much else.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News
 

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With its slo-mo ultraviolence, gushers of blood, impressive 3-D effects, homoerotic subtext, and self-important plot, this is a fan boy’s fantasy, a four-star wonderment.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
 

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Don’t be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Vulture
 

Vulture

This time you have the option of seeing all the blood, gore and bare chests and breasts in glorious 3-D.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
 

Tri-City Herald

It’s just more of the same old, same old that still takes itself far too seriously without fully accepting the campy romp it so desperately wants to be. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Screen It!
 

Screen It!

Forget Rise of an Empire — the movie really should have been slugged More of the Same.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
 

Television Without Pity

The movie is colourful, highly stylized, incredibly violent and tons of intense fun.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
 

Jam! Movies

As kinkily leather-clad Artemisia, Eva Green brings a deliciously sly camp knowingness and sublime smoky-eyed sensuality to the role that just about saves this absurdly over-laden vessel from sinking.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Movie Talk
 

Movie Talk

Green can’t do much with this one-dimensional role, but she’s by far the best thing in the movie.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
 

Common Sense Media

I’m pretty sure someone quotes Vince Lombardi in the middle of it all.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Mania.com
 

Mania.com

It’s maybe a third as good as the original.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
 

St. Paul Pioneer Press

The filmmakers copy the look and style of the original, but important elements such as plot or a coherent story get lost in translation.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: COED.com
 

COED.com

Severed limbs once again fly, skulls split wetly, and fat gobbets of slo-mo blood squirt through the air, this time in 3D.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Reason Online
 

Reason Online

It piles on the beheadings, throat slashings, and impalements to near-unprecedented levels. No sign of brains, however.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

More blood. More guts. More men with six-packs than a Quik-Trip on a Friday night.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: Tulsa World
 

Tulsa World

Less Rise Of An Empire, more Fall Of A Franchise

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
 

SFX Magazine

“300: Rise of an Empire” gets a lot of mileage out of sheer venal spectacle. Just don’t try to derive a history lesson from the movie.

March 7, 2014Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
 

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