Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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March 13, 2019
What's striking now is how coherent the vision for such a sprawling tale was from its very beginning.
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
In terms of visual ambition and atmosphere, this series challenges the movie world on summer-tentpole turf, while simultaneously capitalizing on an episodic approach that allows the interlocking stories to unfold in a manner no feature ever could.
April 17, 2011
HBO's high-fantasy extravaganza combines the drama of battling families with the extreme environments of The Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2011
The art direction, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2011
Even for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog.
April 17, 2011
Fans of the acclaimed Game of Thrones books, or even fans of fantasy realms in general, will find much to admire and enjoy here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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-
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