Alan Sepinwall

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For 854 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 854
854 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This isn't the best four-episode stretch the series has ever had--as with most cable dramas, the ends of GoT seasons tend to be stronger than the starts--but there's a sense of real forward momentum to the proceedings that hasn't always been there in the past. Again and again, my pulse quickened as I watched these four hours.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The treatment is serious, thoughtful, and an introductory triumph for this American Crime Story franchise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    As with the best of these broad canvas series, the players and their allegiances become clear within an episode or two. And from that point on, Boardwalk Empire becomes everything that HBO (and I) had hoped for it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Through seven of its eight hours (HBO didn't give critics the finale in advance), it's vital and gripping. It's not an imitator dressing itself up in the trappings of a classic HBO drama, but the real deal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It's one of the most purely funny shows on television--where many "comedies" are really dramas in half-hour form, and others are likable but rarely laugh-out-loud funny--and it's only more confident, sharp and very much its own thing in the new season.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Orange remains as sharp and funny and poignant as ever.... It's one of TV's very best shows, no matter how you slice it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The second season may be even better than the first.... Here's an anthology miniseries follow-up that recaptures all that worked well in the original, even as it's forging its own identity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the show it was last year, but in many ways better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It definitely has a voice, and it's a great one: witty and wise and warm and not exactly like anything you've heard before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It continues to be one of the most satisfying dramas in the history of the medium.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It is still one of the very best shows on television. ... The first [episode] is more of a table-setter than some past Americans premieres have been, but the next two are outstanding, filled with the usual agonizing mix of spy thrills and family drama, and superb performances by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and the rest of the gang.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The two central performances are so powerful, the dialogue so evocative, the look so intense, that they speak to the value of the hybrid anthology format Pizzolatto is using here--which, along with FX’s “American Horror Story,” points to a potentially fascinating shift in dramatic series television.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    If you enjoy seeing wealthy, petty people get their deserved comeuppance, this is the show for you. If you enjoy laughing, this is definitely the show for you - the funniest new comedy of the season by a wide margin...For a show about dumb, unfocused people, Arrested Development is wickedly smart and quick, willing to go anywhere for a good gag. [31 Oct 2003, p.49]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The premiere suggests that the only other show that belongs with it in the discussion for the best drama on television is the same one we were talking about last season. At the top level, there is "Breaking Bad," and there is also--finally, thankfully, exceptionally--Mad Men, and then there is everything else.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Louie viewers don't know exactly what they're getting in any given week, but the show is so elastic that nothing it tries feels like something it shouldn't.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    "Hannibal" is one of the very best shows on television. But it's also so extreme in depicting violence and its aftermath — even in this heightened fashion, and often with a dry, absurdist sense of humor about it — that it's not one I would insist every serious TV fan must watch.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    They know how great the show looks, they know how much their actors can give them, and they know just how much they can get away with.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The sheer amount of cussing is so great that even the unoffended may be too distracted by it to pay attention to anything else in Deadwood. That would be unfortunate, because lurking just behind the wall of profanity is a magnificent, fire-breathing work of art - an amazing meditation on violence, social order and the cruel reality of the Wild West. [21 Mar 2004, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The new episodes don’t represent another radical leap forward in style or quality the way season two was, but whatever’s lost from the shock of the new (nothing here is quite as weird or surprising as the cavewoman prologue or “International Assassin,” though a joke in the second episode and a party sequence in the fifth come close) is gained in how much more we know all the characters at this point, and how aware they are of their proximity to their story’s end.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This is an amazing show, beautifully acted and simply beautiful to look at (early episodes this season were directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, Lawrence Trilling, and Billy Gierhart), with a keen appreciation for faith and family and community that eludes even some of TV's more celebrated dramas.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    BoJack Horseman is somehow one of TV's funniest comedies and most affecting dramas all in one weird, addictive little package.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The breadth of season two is much wider, as is the depth. Ansari and Yang are trying so many more things, and succeeding far more often than you might expect even after that wonderful debut.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    What Simon is doing with "The Wire" - besides crafting arguably the most realistic cop show ever - is taking the narrative style of books and translating it to television. ... By itself, it raises TV's collective IQ at least a few points. [29 May 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a great show, which you might expect given the number of "Parks" veterans involved (including Mike Schur in a godfather capacity as one of the executive producers), but which still feels surprising given the show's clever structure and eagerness to embrace other perspectives.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a stunning performance by Moss. ... The more we get to know Ofglen, the harder Bledel’s performance hits, until a pair of scenes late in the third episode will leave you a puddle on the floor from what she does in them. The cast is excellent overall, particularly Dowd and Strahovski. ... Riveting new drama.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Season six... starts off strong and only gets stronger - profane, offensive, cringe-inducing and hilarious. [5 Sep 2007]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Each episode hits harder as a result [of the story told from the POV of only a specific subset of characters] while the narrative has gotten tighter. It's still a show defined more by emotion than plot, but structuring it this way--and moving most of the action to Jarden, which has many mysteries of its own--creates a sense of more momentum, rather than a bunch of characters wandering around in a daze.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    As the follow-up to an incredibly strong debut season, it's even more fun.

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