Vikings: Season 1 Reviews

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March 2, 2019
Though Vikings tries hard, unfortunately it can't hold a flaming torch to the big medieval bad boy on the block [Game of Thrones].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2019
It deals mostly with one family, rather than the dozens that populate the world of GoT - the show is as good, if not better, at a lot of elements familiar to fans of George RR Martin's epic.
October 20, 2018
Swooped in from out of nowhere and, in a manner befitting the actual Vikings of yore, seized the title of Most Metal Show on Television
July 5, 2018
The plotting and characterisation are simple going on simplistic, but business picks up as Ragnar takes the boys off to northeast England in episode two, and the whole thing has a drive and seriousness of purpose
June 19, 2018
The show's true merit lies in stunning Irish sets, a phenomenal cast, and an engaging story in main character Ragnar Lothbrok.
November 2, 2017
Vikings is a woad-streaked tale of scheming, slaughter and recreational pillaging that puts drama before historical pedantry. Carnage, with plaited beards to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2014
In a way, it's all just another iteration of Tony Soprano, as Vikings emphasizes a core pride and nobility in this tribe of thugs and galoots.
February 24, 2014
Such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here.
February 24, 2014
Vikings have always lent themselves to a certain kind of "B" entertainment and this latest iteration proves no exception.
February 24, 2014
If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
Vikings is yet another epic example of what the shrinking Big Four broadcast networks just aren't doing anymore. It's now left to others to mount captivating, money-on-the-screen trips to other times and places.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 24, 2014
Still, the acting is mostly flat and dour, with the exception of scene-stealer Gustaf Skarsgad (brother of True Blood's Alexander) as the merrily deranged boat-builder/mystic Floki, and the carnage is bone-crunchingly generic.
February 24, 2014
It offers an enjoyable mix of broad emoting and bloody action that's viscerally (if not exactly intellectually) satisfying.
February 24, 2014
Vikings is great to look at, shot gorgeously in Ireland with a reported $40 million budget and a cast with many familiar faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2014
Mostly, Vikings is disappointing because so much of the component parts are good but are ill served by flabby direction and a gassy script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2014
The good news is Vikings improves with each episode, slowly building its fascinating characters and discovering its ultimately absorbing tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
Vikings is absurd, certainly, less historical than sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
February 24, 2014
After I got used to the harshness of the setting/period through the first five episodes, Vikings hooked me with its characters and story.
Top Critic
February 24, 2014
Starts slow, gets better, and very nice to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 24, 2014
The role of high technology is a particularly germane facet of Vikings, lending the series an unexpected resonance in today's society grappling with the cyberfrontier.
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