Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Over the top and weighted down with excessive slo-mo action fights, Spartacus is pure bad camp.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2010
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Air date: Jan 29, 2010
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Air date: Feb 5, 2010
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Air date: Feb 12, 2010
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Air date: Feb 19, 2010
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Air date: Feb 26, 2010
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Air date: Mar 5, 2010
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Air date: Mar 12, 2010
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Air date: Mar 19, 2010
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Air date: Mar 26, 2010
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This action-adventure spectacle may be bloody entertaining, but it is also somewhat bloody. The body count for the cable series, which tips its helmet to the big-screen gorefest that was 2007's "300," appears to approach that number for most episodes. It's violent, but it is also captivating and compelling, as it regales with the tale of a heroic Thracian warrior (Andy Whitfield) turned Roman slave turned gladiator. He battles to save his life and reunite with his wife (Erin Cummings), who was also condemned to slavery. Early on, the warrior slave is purchased by the Roman Batiatus (John Hannah), who trains gladiators, and thrust into brutal and painful training. Spartacus soon makes an enemy of the accomplished, successful gladiator Crixus (Manu Bennett), but before long Spartacus is able to convince Crixus to aide in a rebellion that will hopefully free the gladiators and exact revenge on the conniving, duplicitous Romans. Whitfield, unfortunately, died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, and was replaced by Liam McIntyre in subsequent incarnations of the Spartacus saga.

Critic Reviews for Spartacus Blood and Sand

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (13)

Not even my affection for honorary TCA member Lucy Lawless is going to keep me around.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

It was written either by master satirists hoping to inspire viewer drinking games each time blood drops sail in slo-mo or by teen boys.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

The trappings up front are so over the top that to say you watch Spartacus to see a contemporary reworking of a cinema classic is like saying you go to Hooters for the food.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

If Stanley Kubrick were still alive - he directed the 1960 Kirk Douglas classic of the same name - he wouldn't know whether to laugh or weep.

Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Every relationship or situation has been lifted from the Bumper Book of Classical Clichés, then lavishly airbrushed.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's about gladiatoring, and every time someone gets hit, it's crunchy and squishy and spalttery. Let's be upfront: this is a terrible, terrible, terrible f---ing series, but I will not look away. The power of bad compels me.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem is that this Spartacus is so over the top that it begs to be considered as total camp.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Although some characters share the same names as those in the 1960 Kirk Douglas movie of the same name, this vivid, revealing remake is not for the faint of heart.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

With such thin stories each week, it's small wonder that sex and violence are used to take up the slack.

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Imagine watching a boring porn movie with swords, sandals, CGI, buckets and buckets of blood, and excessive slow-motion "action" scenes, all while Satan pulls your soul out of your backside. That's Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

A completely over the top experience, but one with solid acting and a great story that kept me interested the whole season. The action can get a little repetitive because they overuse the slow motion CG, but it can also be pretty spectacular in parts as well. The dialogue can be a little vulgar at times, but it doesn't completely derail the experience. At times it is rather hilarious. This is just highly enjoyable camp.

JoshL

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