Alan Sepinwall
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For 645 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 645
645 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Based on the three episodes I've seen, there's a lot of potential here, and an interesting blend of self-contained and long-form storytelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    As comedy pilots go, it's not an instant classic--though those are far more rare in comedy than drama(*)--but there are enough promising signs, both on-screen and off, to suggest it can get there in time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's more likable than funny, but it has a very clear sense of what it wants to do and how it wants to frame its star.... There's abundant chemistry between Fox and Brandt, between Fox and Juliette Goglia as his teenage daughter, and between Fox and Wendell Pierce as his boss at the TV station.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    All told, it's a much more promising start to things than the first episode of "Dollhouse."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Clear History purports to have a real plot. But the movie also feels at time like an extended all-star jam episode of "Curb." Those are, perhaps not coincidentally, the best, and funniest parts of Clear History.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    When you're smart men writing about the smartest man of all, you may feel the need to demonstrate your smarts in every possible way, with every beat of the story. But Holmes and Watson are such enduring characters, and these versions written and played so well, that they don't always require such elaborate mental gymnastics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're expecting the nuanced characterization and complex themes of some other period cable dramas of the 21st century, 'Klondike' will leave you wanting. If you're just asking for an entertaining adventure story with impressive visuals and a solid cast, it does the job.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, the good in Normal Heart outweighs the bad, which isn't always the case with Murphy's work. It's an important story packed with vivid individual moments, but with this material and these actors, it feels like it could be so much more than what it is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Live Another Day may ultimately set off every clich├ęd minefield the show tripped over the previous eight seasons, but the time commitment is so much shorter that I can enjoy the show's strengths (Jack, his relationship with Chloe, the action set pieces) without getting too bummed out by its weaknesses if they wind up persisting like always.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The plot is mostly gibberish.... But the language is wonderful, the performances excellent, and the direction by Bayona so fluid and gorgeous that I found the whole thing a treat even as I quickly lost interest in whatever it is all these people are working together to accomplish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The character beats with the heroes are as familiar as the show's ensemble, but the leads do some interesting things with them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Berry provides (pardon the pun) enough gravity to make Extant feel like a genuine work of science fiction, rather than a soap opera dressed up in sci-fi drag, which happens too often on the broadcast networks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, Manhattan makes its intentions fairly plain, including its desire to evoke other historical dramas about brilliant but prickly men.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Red Band overdoes it in some areas, it's impressively restrained in others.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    This is definitely promise ring material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a great show, but it's a solid one that, like the various fighters in Alvey's stable, has the potential to knock you out if it can put everything together.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Fishburne doesn't show up until halfway through the episode and mostly stays in the background once he does, letting the intellectual chess match between Grissom and DJK be the focus. And that feels right.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    "Family Guy" consistently falls short of excellence, thanks to its monotonously unvaried structure, which consists of a character describing an outrageous situation, followed by a clip depicting that same situation. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    While it's great that series like these can find a home on pay cable, it's a shame they feel the need to live up to the adult reputation most cable series have. "Soul Food" the series continues the unfortunate R-rated tradition of "Soul Food" the movie. [26 Jun 2000]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Some episodes and moments have such undeniable dramatic power that you may weep; others may just leave you scratching your head. [9 Sept 2001, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a solid little comedy, in which Scrubs fans can recognize the spirit of the show they loved, even if it's not Scrubs at its best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Last year's body count also makes some of this year's deaths feel routine; I spent a good chunk of the early episodes figuring out which characters had lived just a little too long, if you know what I mean.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole space cowboy gimmick shouldn't work, but Whedon and co-creator Tim Minear have managed to create a world where space stations and men on horseback can plausibly co-exist. Little touches like deliberately old-fashioned dialogue - one character describes the bar fight as "just an honest brawl between folk" - help immensely. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    For the most part, it's an eye-opening look at the business of show, with a lot of Hollywood color throughout. [29 Nov 2001, p.57]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Nobody likes a know-it-all - especially when he starts pointing out something you could have figured out by yourself. Let's hope this unusual man gets some equally unusual puzzles in the coming weeks. [11 July 2002, p.35]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The humor provided by the new setting makes the show a bit more palatable than it was last season, but Nip/Tuck is still Nip/Tuck, for both good and ill.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    A big, colorful, messy, involving, funny explosion of a show. If it's not the best new series of the season, it's definitely the most memorable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Lucas' interactions with House are far funnier than any previous pairing of House with a recurring guest star. On the minus side, it's a role so aware of its own quirks that Lucas might wind up being a polarizing figure....As for the returning characters, the mix still isn't right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Outside of McGee, the new season suggests that Rescue Me has gone as far as it can go as a comedy/drama hybrid. Almost all of the best scenes are the funny ones - or the ones that start dark, then turn funny, like Tommy brainstorming with Mike (Mike Lombardi) on the best way to euthanize his ailing mother.[12 June 2007, p.41]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    By reattaching his misery to 9/11, and by reminding us that everyone around him still shares in the miseries of that day, Rescue Me has lit a new fire under both the man and his show.