42 reviews · Provided by Metacritic.com
- 78Austin ChronicleMarc SavlovAustin ChronicleMarc SavlovNot since Mario Bava's "Hercules in the Haunted World" has Greco-Roman movie-house mythmaking been so thoroughly well-conceived and executed.
- 75ReelViewsJames BerardinelliReelViewsJames Berardinelli300 may not offer masterful storytelling in a conventional sense, but it's hard to beat as a spectacle and that makes it worthwhile viewing for all but the most squeamish of potential audience members.
- 75Entertainment WeeklyLisa SchwarzbaumEntertainment WeeklyLisa SchwarzbaumLook, but don't be touched: There is much to see but little to remember in this telling of a battle we are meant never to forget.
- 75Rolling StonePeter TraversRolling StonePeter Travers300 is a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it.
- 75Charlotte ObserverLawrence ToppmanCharlotte ObserverLawrence Toppman300 is a huge step forward in visually sophisticated storytelling.
- 70The Hollywood ReporterKirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood ReporterKirk HoneycuttIn epic battle scenes where he combines breathtaking and fluid choreography, gorgeous 3-D drawings and hundreds of visual effects, director Zack Snyder puts onscreen the seemingly impossible heroism and gore of which Homer sang in "The Iliad."
- 63Chicago TribuneMichael PhillipsChicago TribuneMichael PhillipsThis is a mixed blessing. For a story replete with open-air combat 300 is strangely claustrophobic. And for a film with lotsa flesh and even more blood, it's light on flesh-and-blood characters.
- 63Miami HeraldRene RodriguezMiami HeraldRene Rodriguez300 is at its best when it settles for purely visceral thrills, such as Leonidas' battle against a hulking warrior twice the size of a normal man. The movie's broad strokes are all superlative: It's the details that keep 300 from being anything more than a striking curiosity.
- 60VarietyTodd McCarthyVarietyTodd McCarthyA blustery, bombastic, visually arresting account of the Battle of Thermopylae as channeled through the rabid imagination of graphic novelist Frank Miller.
- 20Village VoiceVillage VoiceIt's a ponderous, plodding, visually dull picture, but the blame shouldn't be put on Snyder's skills per se, and has nothing to do with his ambition to blur the distinction between CGI and photography. Frankly, it's the slavish, frame-by-frame devotion to Miller's source material that's the problem.