Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1 Reviews

June 11, 2020
With even more sex and violence than we've become accustomed to, this opening act does not disappoint and Batiatus' rise to power should be every bit as exciting as his downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 10, 2020
So while the prequel starts under less-than-ideal circumstances, there's hope that even though we know the final destination, the journey there will provide at least some truly unexpected pleasures
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 10, 2020
The producers of "Gods of the Arena" know how to please their audience. On a production level, this is enjoyable escapism, the perfect fit for a Friday night after a long week at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 10, 2020
Overall, "Past Transgressions" delivered another hour of juicy and compelling entertainment; a gritty/hammy mix of politics, treachery, manipulation, violence, silliness and sex.
June 10, 2020
The style is the same as before, the characters are familiar, and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is full of all the jump stabbing glory you'd want.
June 10, 2020
Gods of the Arena is so damn fun to watch. It's the perfect blend of uber-exploitation cinema and gritty, stylized action and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
June 10, 2020
[C]onsidering the show has lost none its flair for gratuitous violence... and sex (I swear there was more sex in this episode than in most of last season), all the ingredients are present for another rollicking time in ancient Capua.
August 22, 2017
Within the first five minutes, we're treated to what plays like a 14-year-old boy's ultimate video game fantasy - soft porn and slow-motion blood spatters and swords plunged into all parts of the body.
August 22, 2017
Gods of the Arena won't disappoint on the guilty pleasure front. If anything it's even more gratuitous than the original. It's not for the squeamish, nor perhaps for the refined. But it's al-i-i-i-i-i-ve in so many ways. So what the hell, let's rock.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 22, 2017
The result is a production even more fantastically soapy than the first, visually elevated by an apocalyptic video-game look in which the orgiastic sex and violence are presented with a studied, syncopated choreography.
August 22, 2017
The miniseries is a prequel, a narrative format that mainly lends itself to relentless wheel-spinning. So it was a pleasure to find out that the Gods of the Arena premiere was such a surprisingly enjoyable hour of television.