Alan Sepinwall

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For 854 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Leftovers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 854
854 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The sheer number of colorful characters maneuvering keeps things lively.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Broadchurch is a police procedural, and an effective one, but what renders it special is the way it tracks the ways that physical and emotional violence haunts everyone in the town.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's an experiment, and one with some rough edges. But Alda, Falco, and Buscemi are powerhouse dramatic actors, and C.K. makes a good reactive foil to them. The first episode (which runs slightly over an hour) feels like such a self-contained story that I have no idea what later installments will be about, or feel like, but I can't wait to see them, whenever they happen to appear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The first episode, at least, is terrific, with a distinct, involving tone, and it does very right by its leads.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Casual still stands out among this group [of lo-fi dramas] because the writing and performances are so specific and so smart that it doesn't feel like a spin-off of six other shows.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's clear and engaging and moving to this novice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Because the bond between them is so strong, all the show's disparate pieces - the filthy comedy and the desperation, the joy and the depression - hold together just as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Along the course of these six episodes, the show touches on various rom-com tropes about disapproving parents (Carrie Fisher is, as always, a treat as Rob's cynical mother), secret meetings with exes, bachelor and bachelorette parties that spin out of control, etc. But they're all dealt with in such a specific and simple way that they feel unique to these characters and their world, rather than the obligatory stumbles on the path to a happy ending.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    For some, the six hours of Rectify will feel like a very slow sentence indeed. For others, the performances, the very clear sense of time and place, the beautiful images and the thoughtful things the series has to say about life, death and spirituality will feel like no time at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The show has a keen, charming grasp of the way parent-child relationships can sometimes fluctuate between screaming and hugging with no transition in between, and some of the most effective Better Things moments are brief cutaways to quiet times amidst the fighting, or vice versa.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    As with Notaro's deadpan affect, the show seems to be holding itself in reserve and refusing to engage, yet the impact--on both the serious and silly sides--ultimately lands just as sharply as one of the punchlines from Notaro's act. It's all easygoing until it's anything but.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a smart, beautifully mounted, and at times very moving production.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The season's first two episodes confirm everything that was obvious by the end of last year: Jimmy's doomed attempt to play things straight and not go back to his con man Slippin' Jimmy ways is much too fertile an area to be abandoned so quickly. It feels like a creative choice rather than a commercial one (as opposed to all those times Dexter Morgan managed to evade the brilliant investigators at Miami Metro because his ratings were too high), and the choice plays out in fascinating ways early in Saul season 2.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still Homeland, and it's good.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a very smart show about incredibly smart people, and it's only gotten better as it's gone along.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The deeper you go, the more powerful The Returned gets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Again and again, the show toggles between shock humor and sentiment like the two are the most natural fit in the world. Tonally, the show's a miracle, on top of just being balls-out funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    This is easily the best of Marvel's three shows so far, and quickly moves towards the front of the overall superhero TV pack.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    [By the third episode] Review revealed itself to be something much more complicated, dark, and brilliant, in which the weight of all these viewer requests begins to take a horrific toll on Forrest's life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Two episodes (one of which many of you may have seen) isn't a big sample size to judge whether Mr. Robot will avoid the sophomore slump. But they're a very promising start, and a continuation of all that made the series so fascinating a year ago.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the 10 episodes of the new season, Tremé remains outstanding at what it sets out to do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Happy Valley is so effective at what it sets out to do, and so neat in fitting all its pieces together (up to the way the story's climax evokes a much milder incident from early in the series), that I'm a bit ambivalent about the fact that a second season has already been ordered. Lancashire is so good that I won't necessarily mind getting to watch more of her in this role, but this particular story is so unique to her in a way that no sequel season can be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the course of the first four episodes (and hopefully over the remaining six), the TV Fargo establishes itself as its own wonderful thing that is connected to the movie without being a recreation of it, and that doesn't seem unworthy of the name.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    If Atlanta is a surprise, it's frequently an excellent one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    By forcing Raylan to retrace his father's decades-old steps, Yost is reinventing his show yet again, but he's also going deeper into the heart and mind of the man with the big hat and gun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Even if you are familiar with the contours of the controversy over Scientology, Gibney's documentary, which won raves at Sundance in January and airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on HBO, is worth watching, particularly for the personal stories of former members.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    There is nothing else on television quite like it, and for those who have the patience to sit through Daniel's still, slow journey, the emotional rewards are enormous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    While there are many extraordinary moments in the new season, there's still enough inconsistency that I'm still waiting for it to become the classic drama it so clearly has the tools to be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Based on the admittedly small sample size of two episodes, The Americans feels like it could very comfortably slot in with the upper tier of FX dramas. That's about as good as it gets.

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