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 Rectify: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 877
877 tv reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The disappointing new project from "Arrested Development" creator Mitchell Hurwitz is mainly a reminder of how much the "Arrested" cast--several of whom provide voice work here--added to that show.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    As usual, it's all too busy, too tonally inconsistent (the scenes with Bill's parents seem to exist not only on a different series, but a different plane of reality) and too often obscures the terrific work being done by Tripplehorn, Sevigny, Goodwin and Seyfried.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    In the early episodes, the cases are knotty and compelling... and Kelley comes up with some intriguing legal strategies ... But as the weeks go by, those wacky subplots start cropping up again. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    As set up by White (and Dern, who's a producer and a contributor on the pilot script), Enlightened feels too lightweight to work as a short drama, and too clumsy in its attempts at humor to work that way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    On paper, the idea of building a new democracy from the ruins of war while government contractors run amok--in other words, showing what would happen if the reconstruction of Iraq took place in our heartland--is just as strong as the original premise of Jericho. But the execution remains mediocre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Murphy's writing has never been especially fond of subtlety - give him a fly to kill, and he'll ask for a brick of C4 - but this version of Nip/Tuck more closely resembles the show the fans fell in love with instead of the one they thought they wanted with The Carver story. [5 Sept 2006, p.27]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles happens to contain that show's most interesting character. It just ain't Sarah Connor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Episodes isn't even as funny as Crane and Klarik's last collaboration, the exceedingly mediocre short-lived CBS comedy "The Class" - and that's even considering that the new show features Crane's old "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc delivering a terrific performance as an exaggerated version of himself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    If you've somehow never seen any of the twelve dozen procedural crime shows that CBS does, it might feel a little new, but too often the scenes with Don and his colleagues feel obligatory, like everyone is doing their best to keep the plot moving until Charlie bursts in with the correct digits. [21 Jan 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    My problem with the film is that it's all surface.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Unfortunately, the idea's a little too thin to support a weekly sitcom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It feels, at times, like the episodes are trying too hard to be self-referential, with lots of jokes at the expense of NBC and General Electric, and with Baldwin seeming to address the audience directly at the start of the premiere.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    None of those jokes serve any purpose except to be jokes, and they suffer for the fact that real people don't talk, think or act this way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The new season has a few moments, mostly involving the return from the dead of Jack's old CTU colleague Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who now seems to be working for the bad guys. But all the attempts by Jack and his writers to justify every past decision often brings the action to a crawl.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    A show with such a weird mix of tones and subject matters needs a strong cast to even have a hope of working, and for the most part, the ensemble remains sturdy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    True Blood looks terrific, especially whenever it has to depict a vampire in action, as they can move almost too fast for the naked eye (but not the high-def camera) to see. But unless the thought of vampire/human love makes your pulse quicken--or, even better, makes you wish you didn't have a pulse to quicken--most of it is not really worth seeing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    "Weeds" isn't nearly as shocking or hilarious as it clearly thinks it is. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    If "Donnellys" wants a shot at doing better than "Studio 60" in its timeslot, it needs at least a hint of a larger-than-life figure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The monologue had some fairly tired jokes about being at CBS (even the bit where Les Moonves kept switching the telecast over to "Mentalist" scenes evoked Conan O'Brien's old "Walker Texas Ranger" Lever gag), both Colbert and George Clooney struggled to feign interest in their interview, and even the livelier conversation with Jeb Bush suffered from being so heavily edited.... His take on the format wasn't boring--the opening credits, which made Manhattan look like the world's largest dollhouse, and the music of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, were both marvelous--but nor was it exciting enough to make me set a season pass for the kind of show I long since lost interest in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    So long as Lewis is around, Life will be several steps above those cookie-cutter police procedurals.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The new show doesn't feel like a clone, but it also seems to be missing the spirit of what made the original such a success. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    If Guggenheim can deepen the personalities and show how the flash forward really impacted them, then they might have a show here. Because right now, there's an interesting idea, some good production values and a cool cliffhanger, and not much else.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Creator Davey Holmes (Shameless, In Treatment) was wise to not aim directly at the movie, but his replacement ideas are a mixed bag.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Fortunately, Ritter is such a seasoned pro at this sitcom thing that he makes "8 Simple Rules" vaguely watchable, and at times actually funny, when in lesser hands it would be thoroughly unpleasant. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The show feels cold, like it's holding the audience at arm's length.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Katic has the more thankless role, as the actress in this scenario inevitably does, but the necessary sparks fly when she and Fillion are on screen together swapping barbs, and hopefully as time goes on, she'll get more to do than play kindergarten teacher to Castle. How much you like the series will depend almost entirely on how you enjoy watching these two spar; for me, that was enough.
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's nothing annoying about it, but there's also nothing memorable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    In general, "Philadelphia" pulls back just short of being really tasteless, which seems to miss the point. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes of the new season that I've seen are almost entirely flat. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    In an episode like next week's, in which Allison spots the ghost of a recently deceased man watching a murder, the twistiness works; in one like tonight's, featuring a complicated web of affairs, betrayals and possible reincarnations, things become so tangled that the story and Arquette can't keep up.

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