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Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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September 16, 2019
Maybe the series goes someplace more interesting eventually, but the pilot's lack of imagination, and lack of faith, bodes ill for a fantasy tale.
May 23, 2019
if you replace the gladiators with a Lord of the Rings aesthetic, it's like a classier Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. And praise doesn't come any higher than that.
March 13, 2019
What's striking now is how coherent the vision for such a sprawling tale was from its very beginning.
March 6, 2019
Martin's saga goes to considerable lengths to create alternatives to the narratives of male growth.
May 11, 2018
As an über-fan of the books, this scratched most of my itches just perfectly. The casting is brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 2, 2018
Game of Thrones may be epic in its scope and often disconcerting in its content, but it's a strong production that handily delivers what George R.R. Martin fans have been waiting for. Now bring on Season Two!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2017
Special praise to Peter Dinklage's sardonic dwarf Tyrion, Michelle Fairley's Stark mother-bear Catelyn, and Sean Bean's super-Beany silent glower as Ned Stark.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2014
It's the stuff of fantasy geek heaven; a gritty period drama with letter-perfect clothes, weapons and lingo, yet unencumbered by historical facts or the weight of real events.
February 7, 2014
The series was created with such care, it has so many intricate elements that brings this world alive. It's like peeking into a microcosm!
February 7, 2014
What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what's on the page.
February 7, 2014
The main accomplishment of Game of Thrones is that, while it should keep the hard-core fans satisfied, even viewers who don't care whether Theon is a Greyjoy or a Tully can play along and have a good time.
April 17, 2011
HBO has found its answer to Lord of the Rings in adapting George R.R. Martin's enthralling, sprawling, ruthlessly brutal and magnificently entertaining series of page-turners.
April 17, 2011
A great and thundering series of political and psychological intrigue bristling with vivid characters, cross-hatched with tantalizing plotlines and seasoned with a splash of fantasy.
April 17, 2011
Game of Thrones is worth every single line of effusive blog geekery and promotional buzz it has elicited in the past year.
April 17, 2011
Worth the wait? Absolutely. And even if you have no idea what all the fuss is about, you should get in from the start to absorb Martin's fantastical tale.
Top Critic
April 17, 2011
I mostly loved Game of Thrones, but occasionally grew a little weary of it as well. (And just to answer the obvious question, this is not a small-screen Lord of the Rings.)
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 17, 2011
Free your eyes to take in the spectacle, and your brain will magically start following the intricate storytelling. And there's a magical realism to Game of Thrones.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 17, 2011
It's stunningly rendered and very well-acted, and though the first few episodes have a tendency toward telling rather than showing, the pace rarely feels slack.
April 17, 2011
This is HBO's best dramatic series since The Wire and The Sopranos, hands down.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 17, 2011
This epic, unflinching fantasy noir takes our preconceptions of chivalry, nobility and magic and gets medieval on them.
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