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Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. The massive army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the globe, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the strong-willed leader assembles a small army comprised of his empire's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It might have been one of the great all-time mad, bad movies but for one thing - it's just sooo boring."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Our instinctual desire to sneer at the implausibility of the story is stalled by a sense of ambition that seems unmatched even by the standards of the Hollywood assembly line."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"As the first blockbuster of the year, 300 sets the bar high enough, and is enjoyably silly."
‑ Coco Forsythe, Future Movies UK
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"A muscle-magazine fantasy crossed with a video game and an Army recruiting film."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"So manly it makes Troy look like a Mary-Kate and Ashley adventure."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Despite a cracking central premise and outstanding visuals, 300 ultimately leaves you feeling more gutted than some of the disemboweled soldiers on display throughout the movie."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Visually thrilling and viscerally satisfying."
‑ Scott Huver, Hollywood.com
"300 was as pathetically puerile as I had expected."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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?"
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Wallowing in the same adolescent nihilism as his Sin City, this adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel suffers from a similar lack of momentum."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"If 300 represents an evolution in 'virtual' cinema, then at the same time it tells a story that transports us back to the violent roots of western civilisation."
‑ Andrew Osmond, Sight and Sound
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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