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Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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April 17, 2011
Game of Thrones serves up a lot of confusion in the name of no larger or really relevant idea beyond sketchily fleshed-out notions that war is ugly, families are insidious and power is hot.
April 17, 2011
Game of Thrones, one of the supposed biggies this spring, is a big letdown. Why is it so convoluted and punishing? It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway.
April 17, 2011
There is the sense of intricacy having been confused with intrigue and of a story transferred all too faithfully from its source and thus not transformed to meet the demands of the screen.
April 17, 2011
But the story at hand regularly slows to a crawl, making HBO's at times pokey but otherwise magnificent five-hour Mildred Pierce re-do seem like a 100-meter sprint in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 17, 2011
Even for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog.
April 17, 2011
Those who love the books will probably geek out on the series. The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through Game of Thrones.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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!
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
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
April 17, 2011
This is HBO's best dramatic series since The Wire and The Sopranos, hands down.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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 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
This epic, unflinching fantasy noir takes our preconceptions of chivalry, nobility and magic and gets medieval on them.
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
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.
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
There are several things to recommend HBO's rendition of the story, most notably the cast and many of the visuals.
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.
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