300: Rise of an Empire
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 2014
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's bound to hit some viewers as an empty exercise in stylish gore, and despite a gonzo starring performance from Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire is a step down from its predecessor.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced.

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James Rocchi

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.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Black Sabbath's War Pigs coats the end credits in the aural equivalent of liquid metal, the final guilty pleasure of a senses-battering 106 minutes of military mayhem.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

So utterly mind numbingly dull.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

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Mark Jenkins

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.

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Mark Hughes

If you liked 300, you're probably going to really like 300: Rise of an Empire. ... it's got more character development, a smarter story, and is just gorgeous to watch and amazingly good fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Not as visually impressive as the first "300" film, but it is still quite nice. The acting is rather poor and passionless with the sole exception of… More
Manu Gino
300 on the Sea! Good Action/Bloody Film! We have here a film that focuses on another clan of Greek fighters battling against Xerxes' men, except this time… More
JY Skacto
Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire never rises to greatness. Partly narrated, the 90 minutes of storytelling tends to get a bit tedious. The back story… More
Josh Lewis
This highly anticipated film feels more like an obligatory exercise in repeating the style of the original without anything that made the first one a worthwhile… More
Apeneck Fletcher
It's been years since I've walked out on a movie. Although gloriously shot and produced the script is worthy of groaning. But the bloodletting ...… More
Al S
A highly entertaining and bloody exhilarating action-packed epic. It's loaded with buckets upon buckets of blood that make most epics or fighting video… More