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 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 687
687 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Like Rick Grimes, all I can do is focus on what lies directly in front of me, and the here and now of The Walking Dead looks very good.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It is snappy, and funny enough when it needs to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    I expected to be tired of the joke behind The Wrong Mans within an episode or two. Instead, I found myself engrossed enough in the story of who wanted Sam dead at any particular moment, and why, to keep watching until I made it all the way to the end and could appreciate just how well Baynton, Corden and company stuck the landing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Walking Dead is excellent with action, with suspense, and with atmosphere, and these early episodes have all three in spades.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The ensemble works incredibly well together--in marked contrast to Selina's dysfunction, competitive staff--and there's a briskness and intelligence to the whole shebang.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    There's enough sincerity lurking convincingly beneath the snark, and Levy is so good in both aggressive and vulnerable modes, that I have faith the show will find a way to humanize Tessa's new environment while still bringing the laughs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a very promising start, at a minimum. The distribution model for House of Cards may be looking to reinvent how we watch TV, but the show itself feels very much of a piece with what we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With its huge cast (the new season also adds Ron Livingston as a businessman who romances Gretchen Mol’s Gillian) and sprawling world, Boardwalk Empire could suffer from that desire for more than plenty. Inevitably, though, it reveals itself as a show with a firm grasp on all these disparate people and places, and a clear sense of how to fit them all together.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The series' embrace of its narrative style, its creation of such an ominous world and its skill for generating suspense practically out of thin air are all very impressive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a charming series that feels like it has a lot of potential for growth, and not just because its main character has nowhere to go but up.
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    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Origins is the more psychologically complex show, and feels slightly more realistic, even though Porter escapes certain death on numerous occasions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If the start of the season feels formulaic, it's a formula that's worked in the past, and one that gives very good material to key members of the ensemble.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The lighter and more optimistic tone is unexplored territory that could be tough to navigate at any speed. For the first hour, anyway, The Flash makes it look easy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If Crossfire Hurricane doesn't offer much that's new, or tell a spellbinding story along the way, it still vividly captures how they became legends in the first place.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's at once a twisted parody of every "plucky single gal in the big city" story ever told, and an often hilarious version of the real thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    While Boss is a very promising drama with a great lead performance, it might be better off easing up a bit and just letting viewers appreciate Grammer's career-redefining work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    A winning new drama set only a few years before Don Draper would get a new secretary named Peggy Olsen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    [Deb's new] knowledge, and the way it alters Dexter and Deb's relationship, shakes the series out of the doldrums it's been in for several years now.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Nurse Jackie season 4 is all consequences, all the time--and is much, much more satisfying overall as a result.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Like several of the original "30 for 30" films, it gets hamstrung in spots by a particular filmmaking choice, the story itself is so strong, as are the recollections of the people who went through it, that I very much recommend watching.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    I've seen both of tomorrow's episodes, as well as next week's, and I loved every minute. But I'm also a geek who read Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov growing up.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    In that way, he's not unlike the super-competent Michael Westen from "Burn Notice," and "Human Target" has the same fun, retro-chic vibe as that USA series. But because it's on a broadcast network, the show works on a broader scale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    You get out what you put into it--even in the episodes that are weaker, I was rarely bored--and it's a consistent scripted oasis in a sea of shows where people take lie detector tests on camera.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The other six episodes I've seen have their ups and downs, but that's kind of the nature of the beast with comedies that push the outer edge of the envelope of taste and common decency; their batting average will be lower than their comedy peers, but their slugging percentage will be higher.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The new season starts a bit slow.... But it's all laying the groundwork for a gripping, almost nightmarish second half of the season in which the life of every member of the Gregson family seems in danger of splintering as badly as Tara's psyche.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Life Unexpected turns out to be a warm, sweet, fun family dramedy. The three leads are very likable, the stakes just high enough for the show to not seem inconsequential
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    For one night, this is the best House, and its leading man, have been in a long time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Horne and Page have sweet chemistry, but what makes the show work is the cast of eccentrics that Corden and Jones have created around them.

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