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 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 826
826 tv reviews
    • 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 clich├ęd 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    The most frustrating part of Feed the Beast is that it feels like there's a promising show buried underneath all the superficial aping of other series.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Williamson may have put thought into what this show is about, but what comes across on screen is an empty exercise in fetishizing the charismatic evil of serial killers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    The dialogue is leaden and cliched--"You forget," Agatha warns her brother: "The only future you cannot see is your own!"--and some of the whiz-bang technology from the film looks less impressive now that other movies and TV shows have had 13 years to copy it into present-day.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Bastard Executioner more or less picks up where "Sons" left off in terms of self-indulgence. The two-hour premiere is technically two episodes aired back-to-back, but with barely enough story to fill one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    When you spend all your time and energy explaining how the trick works, there's precious little left to entertain the audience.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    None of Men at Work is funny, but the greater sin is how uninspired it feels.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not terrible, but rather aggressively mediocre.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    At this stage, Man Up! (which was actually created by co-star Chris Moynihan) is a show with forgettable characters, jokes that don't land and a shaky grasp at best on its own premise.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It's lame and tin-eared.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    On top of having a dated premise, it just feels tired.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    State of Affairs doesn't have to be original to be good, but I'm not sure what good comes of the mixed-up show it is right now.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters are barely sketched in at all, the pacing is wildly off--it's an 85-minute movie that feels like it lasts forever, even as it doesn't have enough time to properly service any important parts of the story--and the only sparks of life come whenever Weeks and Tom Bell (star and co-writer of the original "Leisure Class" short, and a former co-star of Weeks' on British television), as Weeks' less polished criminal brother, are simply bantering, and we know from the show that almost all of that was improvised.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Beyond the problems of time and memory, there's the way that Innocent feels trashy, overwrought and disposable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It's just a collection of creepy imagery, lots of screaming and the occasional musical number for Anika Noni Rose.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, it's the exact same tedious show they've been making, under one name or another, for years now.

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