Alan Sepinwall

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For 709 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 709
709 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    A show with such a weird mix of tones and subject matters needs a strong cast to even have a hope of working, and for the most part, the ensemble remains sturdy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    If the "Shark" writers feel the need to, in the very first episode, soften their hero in a way the "House" writers haven't had to do in two-plus seasons, how warm and fuzzy will the character be by November sweeps, let alone the end of the season?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    So long as Lewis is around, Life will be several steps above those cookie-cutter police procedurals.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, it's a dumber version of "The Shield." Swayze's performance and the always-memorable Chicago locales are frequently undercut by dialogue that's clumsy and/or spells out things we can see for ourselves, and by model-turned-actor Fimmel, last seen on the WB's deservedly short-lived "Tarzan" remake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Doherty and Milano, together with some silly dialogue and plots, promise some good campy fun. The problems come whenever their third sibling, played by Holly Marie Combs ("Picket Fences"), is on screen. You see, Combs can actually act, and whenever she starts to emote, she gives the trashy proceedings a bit more reality than they can handle. [7 Oct 1998, p.39]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Fringe is just good enough to watch with or without the ads. But with Abrams, you expect more than "just good enough."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The guys are so polite and harmless that it's hard to dislike them even when they repeat themselves in such a short span.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Katic has the more thankless role, as the actress in this scenario inevitably does, but the necessary sparks fly when she and Fillion are on screen together swapping barbs, and hopefully as time goes on, she'll get more to do than play kindergarten teacher to Castle. How much you like the series will depend almost entirely on how you enjoy watching these two spar; for me, that was enough.
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite a wonderful cast put to good use, a very well-designed parallel world and some marvelous turns of phrase, I can't help admiring Kings more than I actually liked it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles happens to contain that show's most interesting character. It just ain't Sarah Connor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Bored to Death (created by real-life novelist--but not private dick--Jonathan Ames) as a whole is so dry in its comedy that there's very little margin for error. (Like the "Star Trek" movies, I found myself enjoying the even-numbered episodes and struggling through the odd-numbered ones.)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    "Write what you know" is a cardinal rule of writing, and Fey certainly knows this world better than Sorkin -- even if "The Girlie Show" is lame, I believe it exists in a way I don't with "Studio 60" -- but the history of failed behind-the-scenes sitcoms and dramas is so long and ugly that she would have been better served using a different setting altogether.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The performances by the three lead actresses (and by Amanda Seyfried as Paxton and Tripplehorn's eldest daughter) are so strong, and the nuances of life in such a complicated relationship so endlessly fascinating, that I'll suffer through the rest for a few episodes at a time before Bill's unsettling stare or Roman's calm, criminal sense of entitlement chases me off again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    In the early episodes, the cases are knotty and compelling... and Kelley comes up with some intriguing legal strategies ... But as the weeks go by, those wacky subplots start cropping up again. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    One of the better -- if stranger -- comedy debuts the networks have put out this year.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Much like "Cougar Town" was back in the fall of '09, Mr. Sunshine is a show with a lot of likable performers, a solid creative pedigree, occasional laughs and a whole lot of room for improvement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Margulies is a potent enough screen presence that this part of the show could be interesting, but Canterbury's self-destructive streak gets overshadowed by all the Leg Show material and the overheated courtroom theatrics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Conan was simultaneously reassuring his fans that he wasn't going to change too much in the new gig, and telling the traditional Tonight audience what they might expect from the new landlord. This was the smart, and really only, play Conan could make on night one of such a high-profile job. I just wish the execution had been a little better.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    As a show about average people who become superheroes, No Ordinary Family is very promising. It's the "Family" part of the title where the series has problems.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Now, I wouldn't say I loved it. Parts of it I didn't even like. I became quite engaged with what was going on downstairs with the servants, while I found virtually everything having to do with the Granthams (at least the parts unrelated to how they dealt with the staff) a chore to get through.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    The larger problem, though, is that unless you're deeply invested in the fairy tale characters and seeing the variations on their familiar backstories--seeing, for instance, that Snow and Charming had a very different first meeting than the one we know about--then most of the story and character work is flat, despite a cast of likable, game actors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Mob City looks so good that I may watch it all the way through (TNT only sent out tonight’s episodes in advance) just for the eye candy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much else to offer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite two versatile comic performers at the center, The Comedians comes across as the most cutting showbiz satire of 1991.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still not anywhere near the ballpark of the earlier AMC shows, and the plot itself remains incredibly frustrating, but there are other aspects that feel closer to the show Sud said she was making last year, rather than the one she actually made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's much too generic given Abrams' reputation from "Alias," "Lost," the better years of "Fringe" and the "Star Trek" reboot.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's mediocre, but it's at least pleasantly mediocre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not quite good (other than The Swede), but it's also not especially bad (though it has occasional terrible moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    A good sitcom is much more likely to have started life with a bad pilot than a good drama, and there are little glimmers in each episode that suggest a much better show could come later. But those glimmers are much more obvious in 2 Broke Girls than in "Whitney."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    On the whole, Bad Teacher is a pleasant, unremarkable adaptation of a middling Cameron Diaz vehicle that, in the translation from standalone film to series television (and, specifically, to CBS), loses whatever teeth the movie had.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    There are some good ideas here, but they only occasionally click.

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