Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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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
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
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
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
The savage brilliance of HBO's Game of Thrones, based on the first novel in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, is a revelation that I think most viewers, including die-hard bookfans, can get behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
April 17, 2011
It wears its genre badge proudly but isn't confined by it, and it often feels more like a fable or cautionary tale than a straightforward sword-and-sorcery epic.
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
There's great potential here, and even if it fails to draw more than the fantasy contingent, Martin has sold more than 15 million copies of the books, and it's a rabid fanbase.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.6/10
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
It's all very well told and well acted, but those who insist on comparing it to The Lord of the Rings are setting up expectations Game cannot possibly match.
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.
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.
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