Alan Sepinwall

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For 826 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 826
826 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    [Thorne's] a likable, charming actress, surrounded by a bunch of familiar, appealing performers (Cohen in particular is someone I've liked a long time, even if the business hasn't known quite what to do with him), and I think there's potential in this idea. But the execution and/or the network aren't right for the idea.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a bad show, but the mechanics of how they're going to abduct their latest target are far less engaging than how the team interacts with each other and how each member fights his or her compulsions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's a much sharper focus and clearer sense of direction.... [However,] Gotham remains fundamentally unbalanced, and there doesn't seem to be a solution short of a time jump that DC Comics would likely never allow.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's all pretty retro and forgettable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    As The 100 goes along, you can feel it becoming more and more the show that Rothenberg and his writers want it to be, but it sure starts off at a great distance from from that destination. And even as it gets closer, there are still too many moments of mind-numbing illogic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Defying Gravity--an international production with American actors--feels too slight, or silly, to treat as anything but the cheap, disposable summer programming it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not bad so much as tired: sexual tension between doctors, mysterious ailments that are diagnosed at the last possible second, even the hoary old cliché about the patient who needs life-saving surgery that their religious beliefs forbid.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a likable cast and the show seems a potentially good companion to "HIMYM" (these characters even hang out in a bar that looks a bit like the "HIMYM" bar shifted 90 degrees), but there's one problem: It's not especially funny. Not yet, anyway.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    If Lie to Me wants to elevate itself above all the other shows like it, it not only needs to beef up the quality of its mysteries, but to spend more time focusing on these unexpected downsides of the power to live a life of absolute truths.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Though Esposito and Burke are both excellent--and Kripke and Favreau stage a classic swashbuckling swordfight for Miles that's easily the highlight of the first hour--far too much time is spent on the boring (Charlie) or annoying (Danny) teenagers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The many mismatched parts make Legends feel like several different shows competing for supremacy, with some more engaging than others.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It is non-terrible, but when there is a vastly better take on the exact same idea, the only excuses for watching this one are a lack of a Netflix subscription (and you can also buy the episodes on Amazon and iTunes) or a violent medical allergy to reading subtitles.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a slick, watered-down Lethal Weapon, which is especially frustrating because it has those moments (like the ones in the later films) where it feels like it understands the point of it all, before abandoning that to do something goofier.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It wants to be a smart-aleck comedy/thriller hybrid in the spirit of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, but the jokes are rarely clever enough and the thrills rarely exciting enough.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    While the jokes may be funnier than "King" has been in a long time, the new show also feels more uneven and strained.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The series as a whole seems much more interested in the love triangle involving Arthur, his bravest knight Leontes (Philip Winchester) and the beautiful Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton) than in actually showing the growth of a king. It doesn't help that parts of that story are bizarrely anachronistic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Right now, it's a work in progress at best.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    "Family Guy" ... consists of almost nothing but pop culture references. ... Now, some of these gags are side-splittingly funny ... but there are way too many of them. [9 Apr 1999]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    I found the characters forgettable, and the pilot as a whole--which mostly focuses on the characters' depressing, overwhelmed everyday lives pre-jackpot, along with flashforwards suggesting what a pain the money will turn out to be--weirdly stressful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters are all broad types, the '80s references (Gobots, Sam Goody, an REO Speedwagon singalong) mostly feel shoehorned in rather than creating the feeling of the era, and the hostility of the family doesn't turn out to be great fodder for humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    All of the newbies (including a luchador-styled vigilante and a pair of gun-toting assassins) are the broadest of types, often brought to life more by the originality of their powers than by the actors playing them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a bland, interchangeable bunch, with most of them having a single identifiable trait.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    If you've somehow never seen any of the twelve dozen procedural crime shows that CBS does, it might feel a little new, but too often the scenes with Don and his colleagues feel obligatory, like everyone is doing their best to keep the plot moving until Charlie bursts in with the correct digits. [21 Jan 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The sex is all implied rather than shown, as is much of the drug use. It's a very PG-13 approach to potentially R-rated subject matter--and that's the problem.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's no character you haven't seen before. More importantly, there's no character that hasn't been done much, much better elsewhere.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It was the usual schtick from Leno--which is probably just what his fans wanted to hear after he'd been out of late night for a year and off TV altogether for weeks--with jokes about the Olympics, Dick Cheney, and, of course, the flagging fortunes of the network he's on.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite the novel setting, everything about the show feels stodgy and cliched.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It is humorless, pretentious, a waste of a number of good performances, and about as subtle as its title action, but it is also very real.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Legends wants you to take it very seriously, but throughout the two episodes I've seen, it plays like a parody of the kind of show it wants to be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    There are just a lot of crazy, crazy ideas hurled out there with no real thought given to pace or tone or how to mesh them all together.

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