Rome : Season 1

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 28, 2005
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    Rome is slow, ponderous, terribly uneven and dense, more "The Wire" than "The Sopranos" draped in togas. But those who stick it out may well be seduced by the series' cumulative effort to create a complete, if repulsive, world. This is a bold cable offering, always a little more than sword-and-sandal kitsch and rarely, if ever, kind. [26 Aug 2005, p.C1]
  2. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    There are, in fact, simply too many characters chasing each other up and down the seven hills, and viewers who try to keep track are in for maddening frustration. If only people would address one another by name once in a blue moon, that would help a little. [28 Aug 2005, p.N01]
  3. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jan 28, 2014
    40
    Many aspects of the 12-part Rome might leave you cold. While certainly impressive in scope and scale, HBO’s awkward stab at a series is being made with a programming weapon that’s often blunt, dull and unwieldy... Where Rome gets tripped up is in the uneven performances and lackluster writing. This is what truly causes the fall of this particular Roman empire. [28 Aug 2005, p.J1]
  4. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jan 28, 2014
    40
    All this adds up to $100 million worth of eye-popping bravura on the screen, but not a lot of cash to examine what goes on beneath the surface of the characters. One of the most extravagant soap operas in TV history doesn't even supply the fun of The Bold and the Beautiful. Though stuffed with stupid scenes, it lacks the stupid surprises that can make more traditional soaps so addictive. [28 Aug 2005, p.H01]
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    Rome was completely thrilling to watch, their representation of the historic events was compelling and the story surrounding their charactersRome was completely thrilling to watch, their representation of the historic events was compelling and the story surrounding their characters Vorenus and Pullo were pretty capturing. Some of the sexual scenes felt like they were inserted for no real purpose but they were excusable. The finale was amazingly well done and it was really easy to get captured by the show and watch numerous episodes on end. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    My favorite TV show of all time. I was crushed when HBO decided to discontinue the show. I did enjoy the first season more than the second,My favorite TV show of all time. I was crushed when HBO decided to discontinue the show. I did enjoy the first season more than the second, but the second was still amazing as well. It's the details that make this show. Full Review »
  3. Jul 19, 2011
    9
    You may try watching it while you're taking your Humanities course in your university. What is described as a boring tale on books is far moreYou may try watching it while you're taking your Humanities course in your university. What is described as a boring tale on books is far more thrilling, sexual and entertaining on the TV series. You explore the culture, the political agendas, the economical standing, the battles, the enigmas and many other details in approximately one hour. Outstanding. Full Review »