Alan Sepinwall
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For 673 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 Masters of Sex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 673
673 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    f you go in looking for another "Breaking Bad," you'll be sorely disappointed--even if the second episode contains several visual nods to the work of Heisenberg--but if you're looking for a snappy cop show, you should do okay.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Red Band overdoes it in some areas, it's impressively restrained in others.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The female leads are appealing, the world promising and the pilot much more clear-eyed and less compromised in its view of the era than "Playboy Club" is.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still fun, still sweet, and still a pleasure to hear Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn and the gang voice these characters, but.... Toy Story That Time Forgot on the whole is a story that could have been told in half the time and been twice as effective.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The Shannons overall are about the last reason I would recommend this show, after the cool visuals, some effective action set pieces and the expected strong supporting performance by Stephen Lang.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a solid, meat-and-potatoes police procedural, and one that could potentially evolve into more depending on how the flash-forwards are used down the road.
    • 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.
    • 70 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.
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    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The third episode finally seems to kick the season into gear, not only finding an unexpected place to take the Chuck/Morgan story, but doing the best job of exploiting a guest star.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The formula doesn't always work (insert memories of your least favorite "Grey's" story arc here), but when it does, Rhimes is as successful at tugging for the heartstrings as anyone in the business.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Downton in season 3 is still a soap opera (as it was in season 1, as well), but it's a smarter one; it's harder to see the puppet strings Fellowes is pulling this year to get to his desired outcomes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    This is definitely promise ring material.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Jane Timoney continues to be an interesting character--and if the characters around her become three-dimensional enough to stand plausibly with or against her--then this could hearken back not only to the original "Prime Suspect," but "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," etc.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're not meant to think too hard about what's happening, then "Sons" largely succeeds at its goals, particularly given the performances, the direction (led by Emmy winner Paris Barclay) and Sutter and his writers' talent for crafting gut-wrenching individual moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    There are meta layers within layers here (it's almost disappointing HBO's current executives don't play themselves), but the end result is a sequel that feels very true to the spirit and style of the original.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Arrow is a competently-made superhero drama with an appealing lead performance from Stephen Amell.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The show as a whole moves briskly and confidently.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If it's not exactly "Gilmore Girls 2: Acoustic Boogaloo," it's close enough to be reassuring--and, on occasion, distracting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    All told, it's a much more promising start to things than the first episode of "Dollhouse."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    With a cast this good, and with so many potentially juicy conflicts already in play, I'm going to take a more optimistic point of view than Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) might.

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