Alan Sepinwall

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For 896 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 90 out of 896
896 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Fuller and company do an impressive job of balancing Lecter's machinations, Graham's emotional problems, and the other killers that Graham and Crawford have to stop, in a way that never descends into formula.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    As a drama, Banshee is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is.... And that is why I've come to love it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Silly or sober, Louie is one of the best shows on television.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a perfect marriage of creative team, channel and subject.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Jessica Jones is unlike anything Marvel or DC has tried in the live-action realm, and it's excellent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The stories are told with such intimacy, such empathy, and such attention to detail, that it transcends labels and generalities. It's the story of these specific people, exceptionally small, but also exceptionally told.... This was a terrific show last year, it's even better this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The season as a whole is terrific, and comes very satisfyingly full circle with all of its stories, but you might want to give the first two episodes a try tomorrow and then loop back later to watch the rest in a smaller window.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    This is an absolute: Top of the Lake is great.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Homeland functions terrifically as both a thriller and a commentary on our post-post-9/11 world, where the War on Terror and the concept of being constantly under surveillance are both facts of life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a treat to be back in this world again, and perhaps by the end of this season I'll feel happier about the crime arc than I did about the spy stuff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    I'm reluctant to praise Togetherness too much, because the smallness of the story and the performances doesn't really work well with overhype.... But it's a really well-executed version of what it is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Whedon tries to blend comedy, horror and action, a very combustible mixture - as evidenced by the wildly uneven "Buffy" movie - but he seems close to perfecting the formula here. [10 Mar 1997, p.31]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Darn it if Justified showrunner Graham Yost and company haven't found a way to equal--if not top--that bunch [of opponents], while at the same time building on the lessons they learned in the first season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not an ambitious show. It doesn't have the historical sweep and dazzling visuals of something like HBO's upcoming "Boardwalk Empire." Yet in trying to tell good old-fashioned detective stories featuring a pair of leads I kept wanting to spend time with, it quickly joined "Boardwalk" as one of my two favorite new shows of this fall.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The darker and more complicated life gets for the Sons, the better the TV show tends to be. And based on the four episodes I've seen, Sons is still at the incredible level it achieved a year ago, when it became one of the best dramas on television.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    There’s no performance quite on par with Damian Lewis’s star turn as the quiet, decent company leader in "Band," but the three leads all take advantage of their showcase roles to craft characters that transcend both war movie cliches and the actors’ own mixed backgrounds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    At turns funny, terrifying and moving. [16 Nov 2004, p.73]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    In a season overstuffed with crime dramas, Boomtown is one of the two or three best, alongside CBS' "Without a Trace" and "Robbery Homicide Division." It has complex, compelling characters, a terrific cast of actors and a beautiful feature film look. But it would have all those things even if the stories were told in strict chronological order. [27 Sept 2002, p.53]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The new episodes deftly bring its many stories together with as much righteous anger as artistry, I felt a tingle in a part of my brain that has largely laid dormant since my days as a TV tourist in West Baltimore.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    AMC’s "Breaking Bad" [is] still the best drama you’re not watching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a tough story. An honest story. And a story that beautifully connects its Baker’s dozen of tales and characters with each other, and the audience, even though there are some bumps and missteps along the way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    "Extras" finally achieves the greatness expected of the Gervais/Merchant team with Season Two.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Thanks to the sharp writing of Warren Leight and a revelatory lead performance by obscure journeyman actor Holt McCallany, Lights Out is a reminder of why Hollywood keeps making boxing stories. Because when they're done well, they're irresistible.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The good Good Place news: this is still a wonderful show--better, in many ways, now that creator Mike Schur has laid his cards on the table for us all to see. The new installments are livelier and funnier than before, particularly the third and fourth episodes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    This isn’t a story taking place in a parallel timeline to Breaking Bad, but one traveling down the same terrible track. And, like Saul Goodman’s most important client once said, nothing stops this train. All we can do is travel along it with these superb actors and the gifted writers, directors, and editors who keep the train moving, trusting that we’ll be wildly entertained even as it takes us someplace we keep hoping it won’t.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    In season two, the strengths of Treme remain strengths, while some of the show's weaknesses have been much improved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Sick, twisted and darkly funny, "Dexter" is easily the best drama in Showtime history.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Treme may lack the obvious narrative engine that the cops vs. drug dealers narrative gave "The Wire," but it's already a smart, engaging, moving and funny series, one that in many ways is more accessible than its predecessor.

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