New 300,Rise Of An Empire Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Film Critics
New 300,Rise Of An Empire movie received mixed reviews from major film critics. Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama flick, “300: Rise Of An Empire” into theaters this weekend, and the top movie critics have served up their reviews, which came in pretty mixed as it got an overall 48 score out of a possible 100 across 25 reviews at Metacritic.com.
We’ve added a few of the review snippets,below. The movie stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.
Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, stating, “Even with the uniformly good performances — and the standout work from Ms. Green — 300: Rise of an Empire is foremost a triumph of production design, costumes, brilliantly choreographed battle sequences and stunning CGI.”
Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75. He said: “The film belongs to Green — maybe the only actress ever to “graduate” from being a Bertolucci muse to a bloodthirsty action-flick dominatrix.” Scott Foundas over at Variety gave it a 70 score. He stated: “Anchored by Eva Green’s fearsome performance as a Persian naval commander whose vengeful bloodlust makes glowering King Xerxes seem a mere poseur, this highly entertaining time-filler lacks the mythic resonances that made “300” feel like an instant classic, but works surprisingly well on its own terms.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 grade, saying, “This is digital fake-ism all the way. Audiences bought it the first time; they’re likely to buy it a second time.” Kyle Smith at the New York Post, gave it a 63 score, stating,”Green rules the picture with her nutty stare and her willingness to get nasty in a hot sex scene, but the movie’s main weak point is the Greek general Themistokles.”
Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey gave it a 60 grade. She explained, “The spectacularly brutal fighting is the film’s main calling card, and in that “Rise of an Empire” doesn’t disappoint. Still, in the battle for best guilty pleasure, I’d give it to the Spartans of “300,” by a head.”
Nicholas Rapold from The New York Times, gave it a 50 grade, stating, “The naval collisions and melees play out in panel-like renderings that are bold and satisfying for the first half-hour but lack the momentum and bombastic je ne sais quoi of “300.” Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score. He stated, “Basically, if the first “300” was a pep-talk from Coach on how to lose with dignity, Rise of an Empire is an inspirational speech on the value of teamwork.”
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it another 50 score, stating, ” Other than for the pleasure of watching Green try to conquer ancient Greece dressed as a distant forebearer of Catwoman, more is less and a little late in this long-aborning sequel.”
Ann Hornaday at the Washington Post, gave it a 25. She stated: “When the film isn’t sloppily directed, it’s a series of lazy filmmaking tics, including fetishistic slow-motion shots of blood, water and sweat, as well as sundry dismemberments, impalings and decapitations.”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it another bad 25 score, and stated: “300” was an innovative and imaginative action film, but the follow-up, 300: Rise of an Empire, is nothing but a disappointment.”
Finally, Joe Neumaier over at the New York Daily News, gave it a really bad 20 score, stating, “The only saving grace is Green, the reigning witch-queen of cinema. The smoky-eyed French actress, best known for “Casino Royale,” “The Golden Compass” and “Dark Shadows,” throws her all into the performance, going bare-chested at times, bared-teeth at others. She’s like Elizabeth Taylor’s “Cleopatra” possessed by a succubus — which is a good thing. Without her, 300: Rise of an Empire would be bloodless and brainless.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.