For 593 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 593
593 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    A gimmick in search of a show.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the first outright catastrophe of FX's post-"The Shield" era.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    All the gunplay, pedal-to-the-metal action and cartoon villains cheapen any serious talk of what's going on in the city.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The hallucinatory gimmick can only do so much for the same old stories.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Alan Sepinwall
    Can someone please wake up Charlie Sheen? I know he's tried to build an entire career, Dean Martin-style, on half-lidded apathy, but as one-third of the new CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, he's practically comatose. [22 Sept 2003, p.T35]
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Alan Sepinwall
    It is really, really atrocious. Not so-bad-it's-good. Just bad. Plain bad. Why am I watching this?-level bad.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    By the third episode, though, we've gone off the rails with another low-level blackmailer somehow getting over on an employee at the supposedly powerful and secretive CTU, and with Jack getting caught up in a plot-delaying detour that's even dumber than the survivalist who held Kim hostage for a few episodes in season two.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not just familiar, but lazy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The show inspires nothing but my apathy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If FX's other signature drama "The Shield" is a fine example of how cable's relaxed content restrictions can lead to more compelling drama, Nip/Tuck is a symbol of that freedom run amok. "The Shield" is heavy on shock value, but those shocks are there to serve some kind of larger purpose. When the Nip/Tuck writers throw in something raunchy or disgusting, it's simply because they can. [21 June 2004, p.27]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Hell's Kitchen" cribs both the format of "The Apprentice" and that show's major problems. As with the two "Apprentice" sequels, the cast is filled with people who appear to have no clue what they're doing - or, at least, are placed in positions in which they'll inevitably fail so Ramsay can cuss them out. [30 Sep 2005]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It at times seems like a pornographic parody of "The X-Files."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite its silly trappings, Farmer Wants a Wife is neither appalling nor unintentionally funny enough to merit sitting through yet another contrived dating show where the biggest prize would be for someone, anyone, to escape with a bit of their dignity intact.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Jenna Elfman (who plays a newspaper movie critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with the young guy on the left, played by Jon Foster) seemed like a loose, natural comedienne, but she's trying way too hard to sell the jokes here-possibly because she knows no one's going to buy them without a whole lot of help.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Alan Sepinwall
    The issue I have with the rape-by-orangutan scene in Unhitched is that it's not funny, nor does it even seem to be trying to be funny. It's lazy comedy, substituting shock value for wit and invention, and it typifies everything that follows on this lame excuse for a sitcom.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    A lame new sitcom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    For a show that's so scornful of our national obsession with beauty, Nip/Tuck seems awfully comfortable staying skin deep. Its wild collage of sexual and surgical plot twists creates the appearance of meaning, but very rarely does the show hold up to close scrutiny. In the moment, it's dazzling, but when you step away from the set, it's oddly forgettable. [20 Sept 2005, p.33]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    What the obnoxious "Cashmere Mafia" and now the dull Lipstick Jungle suggest is that it's not as easy to recreate the "Sex and the City" phenomenon as assembling three or four attractive actresses of a certain age and pairing them with a name producer from the HBO show.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It abandons all of Kelley's strengths, like the legal setting and male bonding, and drowns itself in his weaknesses: women discussing their feelings, women flirting with men, women acting body-conscious... basically, anything involving the female gender.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Who wants to watch a less funny, vaguely cuddlier House impersonator?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    This is sledgehammer writing, and not very interesting writing at that. [13 Jun 2005]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters wander a spectrum from boring to irritating (guess which end the two teenage kids wind up on?), and the situation already feels unsustainable by the end of the first episode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 16 Alan Sepinwall
    It has pretensions of depth and ambition, but really all it's about is whatever cool thing Murphy and Falchuk wanted to do next, hurled at the screen with such reckless abandon that none of it works.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Regardless of how promiscuous its obnoxious hero is, Californication remains a smug, unpleasant ego trip to nowhere.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    There isn't a series here; just the pitch meeting for a very expensive, very loud, very dopey action movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The concept and the characters start to wear thin within an episode or two.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's all too frantic, too full of obnoxious people contorting themselves into stupid lies in the service of jokes that never quite land.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Having two nearly identical, equally mediocre sitcoms on the air at the same time isn't exactly a crime, but it seems an awful waste of someone's time and energy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Jamie is our heroine, the one we're supposed to like and care about, but as played by British actress Ryan ("EastEnders," "Jekyll"), she's a mopey blank, badly upstaged every time Sackhoff makes one of her all-too-brief appearances as Corvus.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Alan Sepinwall
    CGB plays more like a bad parody of Desperate Housewives.