It might have been one of the great all-time mad, bad movies but for one thing - it's just sooo boring.
3/10/2007 by Tasha Robinson
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.
3/10/2007 by David Fear
As to this pumped-up spectacle's other aims, it's anybody's guess: selling gladiatorial chest-beating as beefcake erotica? Combining a movie and its own video-game spin-off into one package? Being both a dessert topping and a floor wax?
The kids just want to have fun. Many of them will. But what does that say about another Greek contribution -- Western civilization?
Globe and Mail
3/9/2007 by Rick Groen
If the movie's neocon message is as thin as a politician's excuse, that's to be expected. But what's surprising here is that the sights are just as meagre.
3/9/2007 by Stephen Whitty
History is inconveniently complex. And so we get Frank Miller's version, in which everything is simplified to the point of porridge.
New York Post
3/9/2007 by Kyle Smith
Keeping in mind Slate's Mickey Kaus' Hitler Rule -- never compare anything to Hitler -- it isn't a stretch to imagine Adolf's boys at a 300 screening, heil-fiving each other throughout and then lining up to see it again.
San Francisco Chronicle
3/9/2007 by Mick LaSalle
Watching 300, there's the arresting sense of eavesdropping on another time.
Does the film stay faithful to the Miller and Varley's vision? Indeed it does -- to a kunch!
Detroit Free Press
3/9/2007 by Terry Lawson
For once, the Larry King quote machines who supply the advance blurbs to the studio for their marketing campaigns will be correct.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
3/9/2007 by Robert Denerstein
Snyder gives his movie the encompassing look and feel of a graphic novel. Perhaps because he shot the actors in front of digitally concocted backgrounds, Snyder is able to sustain an otherworldly quality that perfectly suits the movie's lurid material.
3/9/2007 by Lisa Kennedy
[Gerard Butler's character] charisma is elusive. He vigorously enunciates like a summer stock player doing Shakespeare. But the writing's overblown. And locating the requisite sorrow in this tale of heroism is an afterthought for Snyder and co.
3/9/2007 by Richard Roeper
It is excessively, cheerfully violent -- and it is gorgeous to behold. It looks like the world's most sophisticated and expensive video game, and I mean that in a good way.