Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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May 3, 2021
With its shocking plot twists, dark themes and giant budget, Thrones became a phenomenon and a cultural touchpoint.
March 13, 2019
What's striking now is how coherent the vision for such a sprawling tale was from its very beginning.
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
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
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
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
Even for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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+
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