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 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 709
709 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Its hero is so obnoxiously awesome and self-righteous that I could only make it through half of the whopping eight episodes NBC sent out for review.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    As a narrative achievement, though, Magic City is a mess, filled with paper-thin characters and clichéd dialogue and storylines. If not for the appealing lead performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike, large stretches of the series would be unwatchable, even with all the lovely visuals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Barring a significant step up in quality--or at least the self-awareness to stop taking its silly plot and characters so seriously--those people [Gen X'ers who loved "Buffy"] will only be watching out of loyalty to a part that Gellar played a long time ago, on two different networks that no longer exist, and not because she's presently doing work that merits that kind of devotion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It plays like the work of someone who hasn't watched cable TV in the last 15 years and therefore doesn't realize what he thinks is bold and edgy is both tired and smug in an entirely unearned way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    There's potentially a very interesting show about cops from different cultures, with different methods of policing, learning to work together. Based on the pilot, at least, Crossing Lines just treats all that as window dressing for the same old, same old.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Eliza is such a broad caricature of everything Kapnek finds annoying about social media that she's unbearable--and not just to the other characters on the show.... The Selfie pilot offers glimmers of a show that can work. John Cho is very good: understated and wry and charming. Karen Gillan seems game for anything.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Although there aren't any Carrie Bradshaw-esque puns on this show, nor ethnic stereotypes, the comedy feels more frantic and desperate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    With the other Sundance series, very little may be happening in any given stretch, and yet they're so overflowing with emotion that it feels like everything is happening. Here, there are actual significant events (multiple robberies, a hit-and-run, various beatings) quite often, and yet it feels like nothing's happening.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Even with the couples counseling gimmick, Common Law is ultimately too much like every other traditional cop show you've ever seen, even as it's also too much like every other USA show you've ever seen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Based on the pilot (which, again, may not represent what the show looked like once Hunt took over), it's an unpleasant series full of hostile caricatures in need of fixing by Beth's heaven-sent advice.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Adult life may be like high school some of the time, but it isn't all of the time--and a show suggesting that it is becomes just as difficult to endure as some of the worse memories of high school itself.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Though Mulaney the stand-up has a clear point of view, Mulaney the sitcom does not. It's a show about nothing, with nothing to say about that.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, though, Jon Benjamin Has a Van isn't the next obvious step for Benjamin conquering TV comedy. It's a misfire that mainly made me sad we won't have full new seasons of either "Archer" or "Bob's Burgers" until 2012.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Season 4 was a mess well before it got to the parts designed to wrap up the series for good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    The execution in this case is too shrill and scattered to get any of his points--or jokes--across.

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