Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)


Blood and Sand

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 23

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 22, 2010
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Air date: Mar 12, 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 (23) | Top Critics (14)

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…
Top Critic

Spartacus could well represent a new low in television narrative. There have certainly been more boring series and more inept ones. But never has any TV show ever abused the visual surface of the medium to the degree that this one has.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 1/10 | Full Review…

A dark, violent and fascinating look at the life of a gladiator through the eyes of a Thracian slave seeking vengeance.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The series works because the makers understand the fundamental nature of great epic storytelling: that our hero has to suffer for us to truly identify with him and appreciate his plight.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

This series definitely isn't for the young or the squeamish. But that doesn't mean older viewers might not find the over-the-top drama and abundant skin a guilty pleasure.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Spartacus: Blood & Sand is a terrific show - compelling, smart, intentionally funny.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Every relationship or situation has been lifted from the Bumper Book of Classical Clichés, then lavishly airbrushed.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

  • Apr 23, 2019
    the violence and nudity is done artistically and very visually stunning. All 4 seasons are well written and the dialogue is authentic. Very entertaining and the struggle of the slaves pulls you in emotionally.
  • Apr 22, 2019
    I see the subsequent Spartacus series were rated higher. Hmmm better than this? This one I regretted watching although I didn't quite finish it. If you loved Lucy Lawless as Xena warrior princess doesn't mean you'll love this. Xena was awesome. This was not awesome. Not the actors they just do their jobs. It's the story, blech gross. Too much violence. I was waiting to see if hero would be reunited with his wife. Their reunification was so distasteful there was no point in watching the rest. Was an absolute waste of time. But if you want to see a lot of hot mostly naked men in bondage and gruesome gladiator fighting it's for you I guess. I can't help but feel this is meant for gay men.
  • Mar 24, 2019
    I love this! It is campy and filled with poor cgi gore but it is fun and entertaining. RIP Andy Whitfield.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    I must be one of the few people who think this series is absolutely great... at least the first season. The acting and character development are wonderful. I love Game of Thrones, but it merges too many story lines and characters to fully develop any of them. This series grows nicely, both within each episode and through the season. We've started watching season two, but I'm guessing they're using entirely different writers. Phony Shakespearean prose and a story that lacks... a story (like most of TV today).
  • Jan 15, 2019
    1 of the best shows in recent times. Andy Whitfield was great, so sad when he had to leave the show because of his health and passed away. The show was not the same without him although it was still really good, he was the better Spartacus
  • Dec 18, 2018
    Sometimes the dialogue is hard to listen to as it sounds like poorly written Shakespeare. That said it's a very enjoyable series especially if you enjoy roman or ancient world type action.
  • Sep 14, 2018
    Awesome show especially if you like shows like ROME, THE LAST KINGDOM, GOT,..... Sad it came to an abrupt end
  • Aug 06, 2018
    It is understandably difficult to accept the style and direction Spartacus: Blood and Sand Takes, but if you are willing to go for the ride it is surprisingly good.
  • Jun 23, 2018
    Possibly the most ridiculously awful show I've ever watched. It's so bad, I had to come write about how bad it is. Over the top fight scenes. Awful dialogue. Awful acting. Even the sex scenes we're cheesy as hell. I'd give it zero stars if I could.
  • Mar 14, 2018
    horrible, sex 4 times in the first show. if i want porn i will watch porn. tried to watch 2nd ep sex in the first 3 minutes, between some really dirty ppl. quit

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