The Tudors : Season 2

  • Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 1, 2007
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Hirst, Rhys Meyers and the rest of the cast (and Bergin's costumes) make it all somehow meatier but no less entertaining in Season 2.
  2. 88
    The Tudors comes back enriched and improved.
  3. The Tudors is loads of addictive fun, filled with intrigue, the delicious papal stylings of Peter O'Toole, and that old stand-by, hot sex.
  4. The acting here is first-rate, the details sharp and the cinematography superb. In other words, Tudors hasn't lost a step.
  5. The sexy, sudsy historical drama returns without missing a beat.
  6. The Reformation is what this equally entertaining second season is about, plus ditching the brunette, Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), in favor of the blonde, Jane Seymour (Anita Briem).
  7. 80
    I find I’m even more enthralled by Showtime’s costume melodrama The Tudors than I was a year ago.
  8. The acting, led by Rhys Meyers, is solid. The costumes and production are good and the dialogue smooth, though one wonders if clergy in the 16th century really used the word "newfangled."
  9. 75
    It's not quite as randy--it's become less of a soap and more of a historical drama. This is not to say it's not great.
  10. This is a season of politics and principles, of might and martyrdom. If you're here just for the sex, you're likely to be disappointed, unless the trysts of relatively minor characters interest you as much as Henry's.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Mixing equal parts court intrigue with Calvin Klein ad, the series falls short of greatness.
  12. The paradox of The Tudors is that it takes on one of the most powerful and protested institutions in human history--the Catholic Church during the Renaissance--and provides little sense of what the English people have to gain or lose by breaking with it.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    50
    The tumult of Henry VIII's reign, especially the schism between him and the Catholic Church, is rich material, and the soap opera of his multiple wives is naturally absorbing: it's just a crime that Showtime couldn't do better with the material than the thinly written eye candy it came up with.
  14. Henry and Anne nag and harp and tongue each other. It's like asking us to root for a particularly vapid reality TV couple.
  15. 40
    This is one historical drama that takes itself far more seriously than it deserves to, given the quality of the writing and the flatness of many performances.
  16. 40
    While the show's portrayals of King Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey and Lady Anne Boleyn feel reasonably vivid, there's a flatness to them, as if it's enough to merely tell the story convincingly and make everyone look damn good in corsets and puffy sleeves along the way.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. [anonymous]
    Mar 22, 2009
    3
    Really guys? Whats with the 10s? Henry the 8th wasn't some whiny twerp. He was a big powerful dude. The acting in this is sub par at Really guys? Whats with the 10s? Henry the 8th wasn't some whiny twerp. He was a big powerful dude. The acting in this is sub par at best. The show goes nowhere fast, and focuses on the most boring crowd pleasing aspect of the story. Don't believe the myriad high scores. I watched a whole season and I don't know why. There is zero payoff. Full Review »
  2. seanf.
    Aug 16, 2008
    10
    Great writing. absolute fantastic writing all round especially king henry. Very engaging series. Cant wait for the next one.
  3. Lynnette
    Jun 26, 2008
    10
    Fantastic series, original ideas on how to tell the life of Henry, great performances from all leading cast and really addictive. I will be Fantastic series, original ideas on how to tell the life of Henry, great performances from all leading cast and really addictive. I will be looking forward to the next series for sure. Full Review »