Alan Sepinwall

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For 836 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Undeclared: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 836
836 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Taboo is slow, dark (visually as well as tonally) and unrelentingly humorless. Any of those three qualities on its own would be fine, but put together in service of what’s ultimately a trashy, if pretentious, revenge story, it’s an utter slog, and the biggest creative misstep FX has made in a while.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The hallucinatory gimmick can only do so much for the same old stories.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The show (which is shot on the old Stars Hollow set from "Gilmore Girls") seems like a WB show circa 2002--not one of the good ones, but a copy of a copy of a copy of one of the good ones.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're going to do a show about fantasy football, then do it. Go big, or go home. As constructed, The League will leave no one happy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Mercy isn't just derivative; it's stridently, obnoxiously derivative.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    [A] cheap, lazy, unfunny mess. Just depressing. Nothing to see here--and hopefully not for long.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Having two nearly identical, equally mediocre sitcoms on the air at the same time isn't exactly a crime, but it seems an awful waste of someone's time and energy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite its silly trappings, Farmer Wants a Wife is neither appalling nor unintentionally funny enough to merit sitting through yet another contrived dating show where the biggest prize would be for someone, anyone, to escape with a bit of their dignity intact.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Regardless of how promiscuous its obnoxious hero is, Californication remains a smug, unpleasant ego trip to nowhere.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    A gimmick in search of a show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    There isn't a series here; just the pitch meeting for a very expensive, very loud, very dopey action movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole thing is every bit as joyless, airless and uncomfortable as the marriage it's depicting--a show filled with miserable, unlikeable characters that doesn't provide them with writing remotely sharp enough to compensate.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The concept and the characters start to wear thin within an episode or two.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Journeyman doesn't do anything especially interesting with its time-twisting premise. It's competently produced, but unless you have a tremendous amount of affection for McKidd left over from his work as the insane Lucius Vorenus on HBO's "Rome," it's skippable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Brothers is not anything you might classify as "good."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    I will only say that Suspect Behavior is basically the same show, but other than Whitaker, it's a much less interesting cast and collection of characters, with Garofalo particularly bad.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    No story, or joke, goes as far as it needs to in order to really extract the necessary laughs. The FX version of this could be a scream; the Fox version feels watered down and largely forgettable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    By the third episode, though, we've gone off the rails with another low-level blackmailer somehow getting over on an employee at the supposedly powerful and secretive CTU, and with Jack getting caught up in a plot-delaying detour that's even dumber than the survivalist who held Kim hostage for a few episodes in season two.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    They've assembled a cast suffering a major charisma deficit and given them wooden, cliche-riddled dialogue to deliver.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Though the series is based on the friendship Drescher developed with her real-life husband after he realized he was gay, there's not a second of the debut episode that feels like it has any connection to actual human behavior.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It is every organ transplant storyline you've ever seen before on "ER" or "Chicago Hope" or elsewhere, told in the most unimaginative fashion possible, acted out by a competent group of actors not given much to play.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s lazy, predictable and spectacularly tone-deaf.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's all too frantic, too full of obnoxious people contorting themselves into stupid lies in the service of jokes that never quite land.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, [the lead character is] a collection of every stereotypical romantic comedy and chick-lit trait, made especially annoying by Heche.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Runaway" is like a Frankenstein's monster stitched together from pieces of dead shows from both networks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    A lame new sitcom.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    This material has seen better days, and 24: Legacy makes clearer than ever how much Kiefer Sutherland was needed to sell it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Alan Sepinwall
    CGB plays more like a bad parody of Desperate Housewives.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Alan Sepinwall
    The show around Louis is filled with a lot of creaky set-up/punchline humor, much of it based around forced double entendres.

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