• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 28, 2005
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    The notion that the Empire ran on pillow talk and poison--the Great Woman theory of history-was also at the heart of the BBC’s 1976 "I, Claudius," but "Rome," with its spitting catfights, is closer in spirit to "Dynasty."
  2. 60
    It's like Deadwood in togas, a violent and bawdy tapestry of a vanished civilization.
  3. “Rome” is engaging even if it isn’t a swords-and-sandals version of “The Sopranos,” as HBO had hoped.
  4. HBO's most obtuse, impenetrable series.
  5. 50
    The second season of "Rome" feels more than a little claustrophobic, and operates on a much smaller scale than might be anticipated for such an epic production.
  6. 50
    If only the creators sought fit to put as much detail into their character development as their history, the show might have earned itself a third season.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 179 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 179
  1. SusanL.
    Mar 1, 2008
    10
    bigger than life characters in a bigger than anything empire. Costumes, splendour, grittiness -- they got it right.
  2. MichaelC.
    May 30, 2007
    4
    ROME is soap opera intended to titillate like a feather drawn across the skin--or shock like a dagger plunged into the abdomen. But it is not ROME is soap opera intended to titillate like a feather drawn across the skin--or shock like a dagger plunged into the abdomen. But it is not good history or good TV. Full Review »
  3. PhilH
    Feb 25, 2007
    3
    Couldn't wait for the 2nd season, but have been badly dissapointed. It has lost something - turned into a sex and violence fest (not Couldn't wait for the 2nd season, but have been badly dissapointed. It has lost something - turned into a sex and violence fest (not that I have anything against sex and violence). First season was classic - it may be that Michael Apted left. Full Review »