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New 300,Rise Of An Empire movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama flick, “300: Rise Of An Empire” into theaters this weekend, and the reviews are in from the top critics. They were pretty mixed for the most part as it scored an overall 48 out of 100 across 25 reviews over at Metacritic.com. We’ve added a few of them,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 great 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, stating, “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 said: “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 at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 grade, stating, “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, claiming,”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 stated, “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 at The New York Times, gave it a 50, 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 said, “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 over at 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 from the Washington Post, gave it a 25. She said: “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 poor 25 score, and said: “300” was an innovative and imaginative action film, but the follow-up, 300: Rise of an Empire, is nothing but a disappointment.”

Finally New York Daily News’ Joe Neumaier, gave it a 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.”

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