Spartacus: Vengeance (2012)



Critics Consensus

Spartacus' second season delivers more of the solid acting and gripping pacing that made the first so much fun -- and doubles down on the violence and depravity.



Critic Ratings: 11


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This captivating and compelling action-adventure spectacle chronicles the saga of a heroic Thracian warrior turned Roman slave turned gladiator turned leader of a rebellion against his Roman captors. Original Spartacus Andy Whitfield died in 2011 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Australian actor Liam McIntyre stepped into his sandals to take up arms as commander of the newly freed slaves. In the opener, Spartacus begins to understand the importance and overwhelming responsibilities of his task, while Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker), who was responsible for Spartacus' enslavement, arrives in Capua, compounding the Thracian's problems. To increase the size of his rebel force, Spartacus frees and then recruits fighters who were held as slaves during foreign wars. And at the same time, Glaber welcomes powerful new recruits to his army. Later, supply shortages and a superior Roman force threaten to halt the rebellion as Spartacus tries to rally his troops in the face of a final onslaught from Glaber's fighting legions.

Critic Reviews for Spartacus Vengeance

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Spartacus just doesn't feel like it's going to have a long, happy life

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Everything fans loved about the first season is here. Everyone is not.

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It will be interesting to see if the prequel series will be able to make us care about the likes of Gannicus in just six episodes.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Judging by the premiere, I get the sense this season will be every bit as good as the previous two.

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

With overripe dialogue that sounds like Shakespeare ground through a blender of baroque profanity, punctuated by action sequences of almost comical brutality amid orgies of debauchery, Spartacus is back with a vengeance.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

The show keeps you on your toes.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

For the most part, the reincarnation works

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Andinsofar as the show contributes to loosening standards and deadening the senses, that bloody victory over the cultural scolds might just be Spartacus most enduring form of revenge.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

No matter the casting changes, Spartacus remains good, dirty fun.

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The producers appear to have jacked up the violence and depravity even further.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Vengeance

  • Dec 12, 2013
    Things are starting to head south for this series. The story is starting to repeat itself and get boring, and while Liam McIntyre is a solid Spartacus, you can feel the difference between him and Andy Whitfield. He is sorely missed. Now that everyone has been freed and it has turned into more of a generic war story, things just are not as entertaining and racy as they once were. Hopefully the final season can end with a bang.
    Josh L Super Reviewer
  • 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.
  • Oct 21, 2018
    Never before TV Series I have been trying to find its equal with no success
  • Aug 06, 2018
    Building off of the First Season and the Prequel Season, Vengeance offers a chance to better develop the characters and show a heated Story of Vengeance that concludes the main arcs for many of the characters.
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This, in my opinion, is the weakest of the 3 seasons, but still a great show
  • Jan 03, 2015
    The actors quickly acclimatize themselves with the show as testified by the chemistry among the cast. This is the best season so far for this terrific series, bad CGI be damned.
  • Jul 27, 2014
    95% Gone are the ultra tension moments and superb background score from season 1, but this season retains all with a lot of grand visuals and tight emotional drama. I did not know of Andy Whitfield's death until I finished the season 2. The void created by the departure of that actor is not easy to fill and new actor Liam Mclntyre provides much justice to the role. However, the new actress playing Naevia is too bad, with both looks and acting, providing nothing but an eye sore. The fourth episode of the season is the best in all of Spartacus thus far. There is still a lot of twists and unpredictable turns in the series. But the series drifts apart to slight dragging and boredom in the second half, but the tight and gripping ending of the series helps it recover. The ending of this series like that of the previous season's is quite gripping and adventurous.
  • Mar 10, 2014
    Feels repetitive and boring and the story goes over the top as compared to season 1.The Close up action, slow/freezing cinematography, overexposed video stylization and Nudity is fun at the start but become a drag because of repetition.

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