Alan Sepinwall

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For 836 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 O.J.: Made in America
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 836
836 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Santa Clarita Diet is an unfortunate collection of mismatched parts, and gory humor that quickly becomes numbing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The premise is pretty standard Joseph Campbell, journey of the hero stuff, but the execution is poor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The material is so inherently dramatic that there are occasional moments where Three Rivers is affecting despite itself. But it's also a danger sign that one of the premiere episode's story lines has absolutely nothing to do with a patient in need of an organ.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    In general, "Philadelphia" pulls back just short of being really tasteless, which seems to miss the point. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not painful--there are likable actors and the office setting is loose and fun--but none of the jokes land, at all.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The longer you watch the show (I've seen all eight episodes of its first season), the emptier and more frustrating it becomes, to the point where even the brief running time begins to feel too long.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a watered-down, TV version of the familiar tale, as bland and inoffensive as possible.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Melrose does a better job integrating its two casts, and it embraces what it is: a trashy remake of one of the most memorably trashy hits in primetime history. It's still not good, mind you, but it's more honest and enthusiastic about its badness, you know?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Valentine is more what I was anticipating when I heard about the MRC-on-CW deal: low-budget, disposable and artery-clogging in its levels of cheese.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Heroes may be better this year than it was last year, but it's still a very dumb show that just wants you to think it's smart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes of the new season that I've seen are almost entirely flat. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite two fine leading performances by Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver and a premise that's not like anything else on television, there's something missing in the execution.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Most of the humor feels like a show that’s trying too hard, except when we’re watching the great-yet-tiny character actress Linda Hunt as the boss of NCIS’s Los Angeles field office.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, The Deep End is "Grey's Anatomy" with lawyers, and the execution is as cynical and flat as that premise sounds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    "Vanished" is already lacking in the kind of star performances that make "Prison Break" or "24" worthwhile even when they're foot-dragging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the three episodes USA sent out for review (the pilot, a mid-season episode, and the first season finale), what Kate does only occasionally matches up with the judge's speech, and none of her cases are interesting enough to distinguish Fairly Legal from the abundance of law shows on TV.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Samantha Who? isn't remotely as bad as the worst of this season's rookie class ("Cavemen," "Big Shots," CBS' upcoming "Viva Laughlin"), but it's ultimately forgettable in a way that a show about an amnesiac would probably want to avoid.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Yet even with Momoa and McClarnon being more central to the action, it’s middling historical drama at best, like the early days of AMC’s Turn or Hell on Wheels.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    "Weeds" isn't nearly as shocking or hilarious as it clearly thinks it is. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    All the color in the margins doesn't matter if the man at the center of the picture is a bore, which Lyons unfortunately is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Unfortunately, the idea's a little too thin to support a weekly sitcom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Maybe McBride has more pitches in his arsenal than he's shown so far, but the repertoire on display in Eastbound & Down feels too limited for a long stint on HBO's mound.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    None of those jokes serve any purpose except to be jokes, and they suffer for the fact that real people don't talk, think or act this way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It tries to coast on banter that's not particularly snappy, and on a snickering dependence on sex-related gags and plots.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The one moment people will talk about, and remember, from The Jay Leno Show debut was one of the least comic of Jay's career. It's going to get NBC some water cooler talk, and a lot of website hits, but it's not going to work as a signature "This is why Jay is awesome" clip like I think they were hoping.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Unlike "Life on Mars," the concept seems elastic enough that the show could run for a long time, but first its American producers would need to work on storytelling basics like pacing and developing interesting characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    On paper, the idea of building a new democracy from the ruins of war while government contractors run amok--in other words, showing what would happen if the reconstruction of Iraq took place in our heartland--is just as strong as the original premise of Jericho. But the execution remains mediocre.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    There's potentially a good show here; the pilot's just a miss.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The problem is that Glory Daze itself never stakes a claim to its own identity. It's tonally all over the map--and that inconsistency gets in the way of the few potential laughs.

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