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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
The film belongs to Green — maybe the only actress ever to "graduate" from being a Bertolucci muse to a bloodthirsty action-flick dominatrix.
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70

Variety

By Scott Foundas
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.
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70

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Rise of an Empire might have been essentially more of the same, but for one distinction that makes it 300 times better than its predecessor: Mere mortals of Athens, Sparta, and every city from Mumbai to Minneapolis, behold the magnificent Eva Green, and tremble!
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The design... is stunning, an improvement over 2006's “300.” And the action never disappoints. It’s a pity this colorless cast doesn’t hold a candle to the Butler/Headey/Michael Fassbender/David Wenham crew of the original, that the writers couldn’t conjure up thrilling speeches to match the original.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This is digital fake-ism all the way. Audiences bought it the first time; they're likely to buy it a second time.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Israeli director Noam Murro does an excellent job of managing and expanding the franchise established so vividly by Zach Snyder.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The lack of a creative driver behind the film leads to a level of fundamental dissatisfaction. The movie delivers all the necessary elements but their impact is dull.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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.
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50

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Stunningly shot and stupidly written.
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47 out of 100
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