Alan Sepinwall
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For 687 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 687
687 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    It could be a problem Allen Gregory solves later on, either by softening its main character (and his dad) or by pushing supporting characters more to the forefront, but the version on display in the pilot is one I have no interest in ever watching again.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    For most of the first two episodes, Tipton ... seems like a prisoner of the crummy show around her, while "Greek" alum McDorman has a character no actor could make likable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    The original Bad Judge pilot wasn't all that funny, but a show with the guts (and the appropriate channel placement) to go full "Bad Santa" with her as the lead could work very well. Instead, Bad Judge has been noted into oblivion. She's no longer quite so bad, but she's also not anything else. She's just... there.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    A clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    While Perry is either coasting or simply having trouble getting back into the rhythms of multi-camera comedy after years of doing single-cam, the other actors (including Yvette Nicole Brown as Oscar's assistant and Lindsay Sloane as a neighbor whose neuroses line up neatly with Felix's) are all doing their best. But the material all feels like Daily simply dusted off some of Marshall's old scrips without thinking about how any of this stuff would play in 2015.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    The fictionalized Chelsea occupies that irritating middle ground where she's not likable enough to be watchable when she's just existing, and yet neutered enough that her bad behavior isn't actually all that funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    With the show so half-hearted about its subject matter, Teenage Daughter has to lean on the hackiest of punchlines.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole thing feels like a gross miscalculation--a failed attempt to update Allen's familiar persona for an angrier, more desperate time.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    But because Lohan seems to be going to a costume party dressed as Taylor while Bowler's giving a performance, the whole thing is an imbalanced mess.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It at times seems like a pornographic parody of "The X-Files."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Jenna Elfman (who plays a newspaper movie critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with the young guy on the left, played by Jon Foster) seemed like a loose, natural comedienne, but she's trying way too hard to sell the jokes here-possibly because she knows no one's going to buy them without a whole lot of help.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It abandons all of Kelley's strengths, like the legal setting and male bonding, and drowns itself in his weaknesses: women discussing their feelings, women flirting with men, women acting body-conscious... basically, anything involving the female gender.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Who wants to watch a less funny, vaguely cuddlier House impersonator?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If FX's other signature drama "The Shield" is a fine example of how cable's relaxed content restrictions can lead to more compelling drama, Nip/Tuck is a symbol of that freedom run amok. "The Shield" is heavy on shock value, but those shocks are there to serve some kind of larger purpose. When the Nip/Tuck writers throw in something raunchy or disgusting, it's simply because they can. [21 June 2004, p.27]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If you want a show with engaging characters and drama, and not just a public service announcement about the very real value of our country's nurses, then Hawthorne fails to deliver.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not just familiar, but lazy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The show inspires nothing but my apathy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    However you view it--mediocre "House" rip-off, improbable law show or "Like Father, Like Son 2: Judicial Boogaloo"--you have to like Jimmy Smits an awful lot to make Outlaw a Friday appointment. I'm as devoted an "NYPD Blue" fan as they come, and even I'm not willing to make that leap.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Jamie is our heroine, the one we're supposed to like and care about, but as played by British actress Ryan ("EastEnders," "Jekyll"), she's a mopey blank, badly upstaged every time Sackhoff makes one of her all-too-brief appearances as Corvus.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a very special, frustrating kind of bad, one with the power to actually change history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    For a show that's so scornful of our national obsession with beauty, Nip/Tuck seems awfully comfortable staying skin deep. Its wild collage of sexual and surgical plot twists creates the appearance of meaning, but very rarely does the show hold up to close scrutiny. In the moment, it's dazzling, but when you step away from the set, it's oddly forgettable. [20 Sept 2005, p.33]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    All the gunplay, pedal-to-the-metal action and cartoon villains cheapen any serious talk of what's going on in the city.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Kath & Kim writers, meanwhile, seem to have nothing but contempt for their heroines. Kim is willfully ignorant, rude and obnoxious in a fashion that has no redeeming qualities, and Kath is mainly an unhappy blank who lets her daughter walk all over her.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    This is sledgehammer writing, and not very interesting writing at that. [13 Jun 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Hell's Kitchen" cribs both the format of "The Apprentice" and that show's major problems. As with the two "Apprentice" sequels, the cast is filled with people who appear to have no clue what they're doing - or, at least, are placed in positions in which they'll inevitably fail so Ramsay can cuss them out. [30 Sep 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Ellie" has gone from being an avant-garde failure to a very average failure. [15 Apr 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    This one's not working, and it doesn't matter how many fresh coats of paint or new showrunners they try to slap onto it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're a teenage boy who loved "300"--or any other demographic who loved "300"--you may well dig all the digitized, slow-motion blood splurts, the abundant nudity (albeit with some of the full frontal coming from male characters as well as female) and the stylized, computer-generated backgrounds. But stay far away if none of those things make you say "Hells yeah!"
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    What the obnoxious "Cashmere Mafia" and now the dull Lipstick Jungle suggest is that it's not as easy to recreate the "Sex and the City" phenomenon as assembling three or four attractive actresses of a certain age and pairing them with a name producer from the HBO show.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If you've watched ABC at all this summer, you've essentially seen all Wipeout has to offer: people of various shapes, sizes and ages all falling face-first into the mud while trying to complete an obstacle course that's been designed to be all but impossible to finish unscathed.

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