Alan Sepinwall

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For 779 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 779
779 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    True Blood looks terrific, especially whenever it has to depict a vampire in action, as they can move almost too fast for the naked eye (but not the high-def camera) to see. But unless the thought of vampire/human love makes your pulse quicken--or, even better, makes you wish you didn't have a pulse to quicken--most of it is not really worth seeing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The show plays like bad imitation noir where the private eye can occasionally sink his teeth into the villain.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's formula, and while there's obviously a ton of appetite for that kind of formula in primetime (see the roster of dramas on CBS, FOX, ABC, TNT...), it's not particularly well-executed formula, and it wastes the potential of the one part of the formula that's slightly unique.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a great sitcom, not even really a good one, and the strain of trying to sell such mediocre material will no doubt get to Garrett in a few weeks, but it's still vastly better than its companion show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a lead performance that's completely at odds with the tone of the rest of the show, and one that makes all the other goofy things even more uncomfortable than usual.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The new season has a few moments, mostly involving the return from the dead of Jack's old CTU colleague Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who now seems to be working for the bad guys. But all the attempts by Jack and his writers to justify every past decision often brings the action to a crawl.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Any show that's willing to go to such a silly place, to have its main character utter a line of dialogue that's like a parody of a parody of stuff these guys were writing two decades ago on "thirtysomething," is not a show I have time for, even if other shows won't be back until April.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes I've seen felt flat and airless, outside of the performance by Sam Huntington as the werewolf.

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