Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1 Reviews

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-
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.
Top Critic
August 22, 2017
Unadulterated rubbish, and exactly what fans expect. Bravo, Starz.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
Let's just be grateful the Spartacus of the 1960 feature can't see this, or he'd roll over on his cross.
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.