Game of Thrones: Season 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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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
Game of Thrones is a show worth watching based on a book worth reading.
April 17, 2011
The production has a satisfyingly brooding, ominous look and it's possible to see the basic appeal for role-players and other fans of a realm that provides a limitless playing field for their own imaginations.
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
There are several things to recommend HBO's rendition of the story, most notably the cast and many of the visuals.
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
TV's most challenging serialized drama since Lost. Game of Thrones may not have that show's heart but it does share a complexity in storytelling that's unmatched in prime-time television today.
April 17, 2011
Game of Thrones deposits me in a world I never expected to visit and doesn't leave me feeling stranded and adrift, but eager to immerse myself in the local culture.
April 17, 2011
This epic, unflinching fantasy noir takes our preconceptions of chivalry, nobility and magic and gets medieval on them.
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
If Game of Thrones can find its place in the personal (in the power, corruption, and integrity to be found in individual souls), then it can transcend the ugly social and historical dynamics that it so casually relies on and reproduces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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