Alan Sepinwall

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For 845 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 845
845 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Young's performance continues to be extraordinary, with a monologue late in the premiere all but guaranteed to raise the dust level in your home as you watch it. But it's a measure of the work McKinnon and the supporting actors have done in demonstrating how the smaller conflicts in the lives of Amantha or Ted Jr. or Tawney can be just as powerful (to them and to us) as Daniel's larger existential crisis.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Even with Walt's apparent victory over all who would seek to deny him, his genius and his strength, Breaking Bad is still a perfect model of filmed suspense.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    A scream, in the biting Britcom tradition of "Fawlty Towers" and the best depiction of middle management hell since Mike Judge's cult classic "Office Space." [23 Jan 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The new episodes don’t represent another radical leap forward in style or quality the way season two was, but whatever’s lost from the shock of the new (nothing here is quite as weird or surprising as the cavewoman prologue or “International Assassin,” though a joke in the second episode and a party sequence in the fifth come close) is gained in how much more we know all the characters at this point, and how aware they are of their proximity to their story’s end.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still Homeland, and it's good.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    ESPN's newest 30 for 30 film O.J. Simpson: Made in America proves to not only be better than The People v. O.J.--and among the best things ESPN has aired in its history--but a perfect complement to the FX show.-
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    They know how great the show looks, they know how much their actors can give them, and they know just how much they can get away with.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The second season may be even better than the first.... Here's an anthology miniseries follow-up that recaptures all that worked well in the original, even as it's forging its own identity.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    What Simon is doing with "The Wire" - besides crafting arguably the most realistic cop show ever - is taking the narrative style of books and translating it to television. ... By itself, it raises TV's collective IQ at least a few points. [29 May 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Samurai Jack wasn’t a property I’d been dreaming of ever seeing again, but it’s emerged from its trip through time and space far better than most of the recent TV revivals.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The acting, writing and directing are superb.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Louie viewers don't know exactly what they're getting in any given week, but the show is so elastic that nothing it tries feels like something it shouldn't.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It is still one of the very best shows on television. ... The first [episode] is more of a table-setter than some past Americans premieres have been, but the next two are outstanding, filled with the usual agonizing mix of spy thrills and family drama, and superb performances by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and the rest of the gang.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The six-episode first season of "The Office" was so dark, so wicked, so brilliant that it was hard to imagine Gervais and Merchant topping themselves. But they have. By slowly chipping away at David's power base, they've made him even more desperate, petulant and bullying. (The less funny David gets, the funnier the show is.) [10 Oct 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a stunning performance by Moss. ... The more we get to know Ofglen, the harder Bledel’s performance hits, until a pair of scenes late in the third episode will leave you a puddle on the floor from what she does in them. The cast is excellent overall, particularly Dowd and Strahovski. ... Riveting new drama.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It is entirely its own thing, and it is one of the very best shows on television. We're lucky to have it back.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The deeper you go, the more powerful The Returned gets.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This isn't the best four-episode stretch the series has ever had--as with most cable dramas, the ends of GoT seasons tend to be stronger than the starts--but there's a sense of real forward momentum to the proceedings that hasn't always been there in the past. Again and again, my pulse quickened as I watched these four hours.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a great show, which you might expect given the number of "Parks" veterans involved (including Mike Schur in a godfather capacity as one of the executive producers), but which still feels surprising given the show's clever structure and eagerness to embrace other perspectives.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Now, I wouldn't say I loved it. Parts of it I didn't even like. I became quite engaged with what was going on downstairs with the servants, while I found virtually everything having to do with the Granthams (at least the parts unrelated to how they dealt with the staff) a chore to get through.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Through seven of its eight hours (HBO didn't give critics the finale in advance), it's vital and gripping. It's not an imitator dressing itself up in the trappings of a classic HBO drama, but the real deal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    If Atlanta is a surprise, it's frequently an excellent one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    BoJack Horseman is somehow one of TV's funniest comedies and most affecting dramas all in one weird, addictive little package.

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