Chris_Mitchell’s review published on Letterboxd:
Checks all the Swords and Sandals Epic boxes while also taking the time to give the characters some room to breathe, Kubrick hardly ever let them get lost in the scope of the film. You can really feel the animus Dalton Trumbo had towards his blacklisters (portrayed here by the Roman Republic at the height of its decadence, right before it goes full empire mode).
S'pretty good! Not a bad way to spend a morning/afternoon.