From the "bad" reviews:
"...when Paris (a much too pretty Orlando Bloom)..."
"...Paris (a nauseatingly fey Orlando Bloom) is a love-struck pussy..." [Obviously this reviewer is jealous. OBVIOUSLY.]
"In the thanklessly drippy role of Paris, Bloom has such a hard time finding a balance between childish self-interest (allowing his whole nation to go to war over a girl) and honorable, failed attempts at gallantry. In fact, it's hard to imagine what Helen sees in him (other than his own softer, prettier torso on display in several scenes)." [Ouch. But honestly, that's more of a script-writing issue than acting...excepting for the "torso" comment...]
"Orlando Bloom elicited a big laugh from the audience when he swept Helen into his arms and vowed “We’ll live off the land. I’ll kill deer and rabbits,” or something to that affect. Though, I don’t think it was supposed to be funny." [Once again, this is a script issue.]
"...foolhardy young Prince Paris of Troy (Orlando Bloom, sniveling his way through what will hopefully be a career-ending performance)..." [Okay. Excuse me. This is some annoyed, 500-lb reviewer writing this, with more hair on his back than on his head.]
You know, I would be more offended [in a histrionic sort-of-way] if Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, etc. etc., didn't also garnish such harsh reviews for their roles/acting. But it seems across-the-board the critics who hated Troy seem to have an issue with the filmmakers, NOT the actors.
</i>And now for the "good" reviews:
"Orlando Bloom’s Paris does not fair as well as Pitt’s Achilles. The screenplay should have made him the spoiled, indulgent son of an old man." [At least they're seperating the character from the actor.]
"Orlando Bloom acquits himself decently, but ultimately Paris is both a coward and a fighter."
"...while Orlando Bloom (as Paris, with the face that launched a thousand ships--initiates the war by taking Helen to his homeland, Troy)." [Haha! Indeed - get out of the damn way, Helen, you're blocking our view of Paris!]
"...and Bloom, who continues making wise career moves." [Damn straight.]
"Speaking of lovely ladies, enter Orlando Bloom, the bow that launched a thousand arrows. Orlando is in love with only one thing besides his own reflection, and that's his own reflection in Helen's eyes." ... "Orlando is the son of a King and thus a leader of the armies of Troy - despite the fact that he couldn't fight a heavily fortified bowl of cereal let alone the fortified forces of Greece." [*DIES*]
"Bloom bravely risks his "It boy" career as a Lord of the Rings hero by correctly playing Paris as a callow weakling whose great love for Helen has the depth of a wading pool. One of the film's highlights has Paris foolishly taking on Menelaus in hand-to-hand combat and then crawling to safety at the feet of his older brother, Hector (Eric Bana). Public shame adds character to the young prince, and Bloom acutely registers the change."
I really think the last review said it all. He was playing an unsavory character, and it shouldn't be taken as a personal jab when critics call him out as such. If you've read The Illiad you'll know that Paris was offered fame & glory, unsurpassed wisdom, or a hot girl. He chose the hot girl. That about sums up the depth of his character. BRAVO! to Orlando for taking the role, even IF he is prettier than Helen...