Alan Sepinwall
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For 671 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Undeclared: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 671
671 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Community is back, and back to being itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Masters of Sex is the best new show of the fall by a very long stretch. It's also a refreshing anomaly: a prestige cable drama that doesn't feel like a recombination of elements from 15 shows that came before it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The good news is that nearly everything that went wrong last season goes right at the start of this one. ... "Justified" is again fun and scary and thrilling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The sheer number of colorful characters maneuvering keeps things lively.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Broadchurch is a police procedural, and an effective one, but what renders it special is the way it tracks the ways that physical and emotional violence haunts everyone in the town.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The first episode, at least, is terrific, with a distinct, involving tone, and it does very right by its leads.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's clear and engaging and moving to this novice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Because the bond between them is so strong, all the show's disparate pieces - the filthy comedy and the desperation, the joy and the depression - hold together just as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    For some, the six hours of Rectify will feel like a very slow sentence indeed. For others, the performances, the very clear sense of time and place, the beautiful images and the thoughtful things the series has to say about life, death and spirituality will feel like no time at all.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still Homeland, and it's good.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The deeper you go, the more powerful The Returned gets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    [By the third episode] Review revealed itself to be something much more complicated, dark, and brilliant, in which the weight of all these viewer requests begins to take a horrific toll on Forrest's life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the 10 episodes of the new season, Tremé remains outstanding at what it sets out to do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Happy Valley is so effective at what it sets out to do, and so neat in fitting all its pieces together (up to the way the story's climax evokes a much milder incident from early in the series), that I'm a bit ambivalent about the fact that a second season has already been ordered. Lancashire is so good that I won't necessarily mind getting to watch more of her in this role, but this particular story is so unique to her in a way that no sequel season can be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the course of the first four episodes (and hopefully over the remaining six), the TV Fargo establishes itself as its own wonderful thing that is connected to the movie without being a recreation of it, and that doesn't seem unworthy of the name.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    By forcing Raylan to retrace his father's decades-old steps, Yost is reinventing his show yet again, but he's also going deeper into the heart and mind of the man with the big hat and gun.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    There is nothing else on television quite like it, and for those who have the patience to sit through Daniel's still, slow journey, the emotional rewards are enormous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    While there are many extraordinary moments in the new season, there's still enough inconsistency that I'm still waiting for it to become the classic drama it so clearly has the tools to be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Based on the admittedly small sample size of two episodes, The Americans feels like it could very comfortably slot in with the upper tier of FX dramas. That's about as good as it gets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Fuller and company do an impressive job of balancing Lecter's machinations, Graham's emotional problems, and the other killers that Graham and Crawford have to stop, in a way that never descends into formula.
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    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    As a drama, Banshee is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is.... And that is why I've come to love it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Silly or sober, Louie is one of the best shows on television.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a perfect marriage of creative team, channel and subject.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    This is an absolute: Top of the Lake is great.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Homeland functions terrifically as both a thriller and a commentary on our post-post-9/11 world, where the War on Terror and the concept of being constantly under surveillance are both facts of life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a treat to be back in this world again, and perhaps by the end of this season I'll feel happier about the crime arc than I did about the spy stuff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    I'm reluctant to praise Togetherness too much, because the smallness of the story and the performances doesn't really work well with overhype.... But it's a really well-executed version of what it is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Whedon tries to blend comedy, horror and action, a very combustible mixture - as evidenced by the wildly uneven "Buffy" movie - but he seems close to perfecting the formula here. [10 Mar 1997, p.31]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Darn it if Justified showrunner Graham Yost and company haven't found a way to equal--if not top--that bunch [of opponents], while at the same time building on the lessons they learned in the first season.

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