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300 (movie)

'300: Rise of an Empire' reviews: Eva Green triumphs; film doesn't

Much like the brave but ultimately doomed Spartan soldiers of "300," Eva Green might have been up against insurmountable odds in her role as Artemisia in "300: Rise of an Empire," Noam Murro's sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 hit.

Film critics agree that Green's performance as the villainess Artemisia is the best part of the sword-and-sandal spectacle, but they said even she can't save it from mediocrity.

The Times' Betsy Sharkey wrote, "The one to watch is Artemisia, and not just because Green gets the best costumes -- leather and...