Alan Sepinwall

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For 877 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 877
877 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    At a time when every TV comedy seems content to look and sound like every other TV comedy, any show that tries to break the mold deserves to be applauded. And a show like Sports Night that's snappy, well written, thought-provoking, and sometimes funny and moving at the same time deserves no less than a standing ovation. [22 Sept 1998, p.59]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    That balance of viewpoints--positive and negative, tragic and comic--is what makes Carrier such extraordinary viewing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Halt and Catch Fire is almost over, yet these early episodes feel like it’s just getting warmed up. Enjoy it while you can.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The other half of what makes Brockmire special--raunchy and depraved, but also surprisingly tender and even romantic (imagine Catastrophe if most of it took place at a minor league ballpark)--is how Azaria and the show’s creator, Joel Church-Cooper, are able to find the vulnerable human being underneath the accent and his familiar plaid blazer, even as Brockmire never breaks character or stops talking like he’s doing play-by-play on his own life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a smart, exciting thrill ride with a tick-tock momentum that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The acting, writing and directing are superb.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's so small and spare and simple, and yet it can be incredibly effective at what it does. Nice to have it back.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The funniest and most romantic new show this fall. [24 Sept 1997, p.31]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The first four episodes of which are even more self-assured and odd and tragic and ridiculous than anything Galifianakis and company tried a year ago.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters are so richly-drawn, and so wonderfully-played, that the exposition ultimately isn't that great a stumbling block. I wanted to know more about these characters, and within an episode or so was eager for any bit of backstory that helped better clarify all the relationships.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best-looking pilot of the season--maybe the best new show, period--even though it may not look that good in the future.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It was slow and strange in ways that felt like Lynch was deliberately baiting his audience to see how much they would tolerate--and how much they actually remembered about the old show--after so much time away. ... And yet I loved every plodding, baffling minute of it. ... I went into the night terrified that all the usual TV revival problems would become exponentially worse when filtered through Lynch’s own storytelling eccentricities, and I came out of it exhilarated. Baffled at times, but exhilarated.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The CW's Reaper and NBC's "Chuck," the two shows featuring the aforementioned Sam and, um, Chuck, are an unusual pairing in that they're not only both good--with ABC's "Pushing Daisies," they're the best new shows of the season.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Fresh, sharp and screamingly funny. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The world and its citizens are so rich that it’s a pleasure to spend time in it at all, as written by this team, as directed by the great Michelle MacLaren and others (including Franco for a couple of episodes), and as performed by this superb cast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The ideas behind most of these developments are fine, but they get thrown at the viewer so haphazardly as to require dramatic organ music when each is introduced.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It gets a lot of laughs out of life in the military while still demonstrating respect for the military and its soldiers, and genuine affection for its characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes FOX sent to critics are impressively well-balanced, not to mention coherent by Empire "standards."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, The Mindy Project is a comedy that arrives knowing what it wants to be and what kinds of stories and jokes it wants to tell.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    UnReal is simultaneously a very dark satire of reality TV and a soap opera that breathes new life into old tropes by placing them in this very familiar, modern setting. The story of the making of a show like this is ultimately far more exciting than the shows themselves seem to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole story comes nicely full-circle by the end, and all the hijinks and heartbreak are accompanied by a fine soundtrack of '80s tunes that haven't been overplayed in other period movies. It's fun (if only occasionally of the laugh out loud variety).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    They're solid additions to the brand, very entertaining and well worth your time if, like me, you're a fan of sports documentaries and appreciate that ESPN's approach with this series creates a string of idiosyncratic, original films.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Game of Thrones remains a very entertaining series set in a very rich world. But the longer it’s on, the more it feels like Benioff and Weiss are only scratching the surface of that world--even if that may be the only way to coherently explore it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not wildly funny in the early going, but there's a sense of confidence in the material, the tone and the world, and the creative team doesn't ask you to buy into things that aren't necessary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It was addictive then, and it's addictive now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It evokes "Oz" in a very, very good way: it doesn't feel quite like anything that's been put on television (if we're still calling Netflix "television") before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If it were just a collection of well-choreographed explosions and gunfire, it would still be an entertaining watch. But there's a genuine effort made to show the impact of all this mayhem on both the men perpetuating it and the people who are witnesses and/or victims to it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The exhaustive nature of it, and the intimacy that Scorsese and his collaborators develop with both their subject and those who knew him, makes it into something more than a three-plus hour rehash of an oft-told tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If I began watching Better Call Saul! as a skeptic, the first three episodes have mostly made me a believer. There are nods to the parent show--and those are among the more emotionally affecting parts of this young series--but Saul quickly learns to function as its own thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga.

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