Alan Sepinwall

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For 870 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 Master of None: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 87 out of 870
870 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The Sunday premiere has a nice mix of thrills, comedy and pathos, but is there a show here?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    "Family Guy" ... consists of almost nothing but pop culture references. ... Now, some of these gags are side-splittingly funny ... but there are way too many of them. [9 Apr 1999]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It looks great, makes good use of Los Angeles locations and has a solid ensemble cast (including Regina King and Tom Everett Scott as detectives). But it feels emotionally empty in the same way "Third Watch" so often did.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    You can blame Winslet, or Haynes, or both, but something doesn't fit, and it wrecks everything, above and beyond spending so much time on a story that could have been just as satisfyingly told at half the length.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite two fine leading performances by Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver and a premise that's not like anything else on television, there's something missing in the execution.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    [Of the two new soaps,] only "Fashion House" seems to understand that it's supposed to be a guilty pleasure.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It was the usual schtick from Leno--which is probably just what his fans wanted to hear after he'd been out of late night for a year and off TV altogether for weeks--with jokes about the Olympics, Dick Cheney, and, of course, the flagging fortunes of the network he's on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still not anywhere near the ballpark of the earlier AMC shows, and the plot itself remains incredibly frustrating, but there are other aspects that feel closer to the show Sud said she was making last year, rather than the one she actually made.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s fun in individual moments, but frustrating overall.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The new TNT drama Leverage isn't a great show, but it may just be the exact right show at the exact right time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's no there there. Annie's missions each week are forgettable, and most seem to revolve around Annie seeming to get too personally invested, only for her instincts to be proven right over her more jaded colleagues.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The guys are so polite and harmless that it's hard to dislike them even when they repeat themselves in such a short span.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    There's plenty of humiliation in I Survived a Japanese Game Show as well, but there it's so varied and strange--and very much in keeping with what I understand of those shows--that it doesn't get repetitive or annoying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Even though the performances, the writing, directing, etc., are uniformly strong, The Riches is just too unpleasant to make a weekly commitment to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Beyond the problems of time and memory, there's the way that Innocent feels trashy, overwrought and disposable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It boldly commits to its campy, overcast aesthetic--and it’s here I’ll note that I’m not naturally inclined toward teen melodrama, but can be drawn in if the execution’s great enough (like The O.C., or Everwood, whose creator Greg Berlanti is an executive producer here)--while struggling at times to turn its characters from archetypes into individuals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Fringe is just good enough to watch with or without the ads. But with Abrams, you expect more than "just good enough."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Take away the various visual, audio and tonal flourishes that distinguished the original, and you have a bunch of familiar American actors--the cast also includes Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro and Michelle Forbes--standing around slack-jawed, demonstrating minimal curiosity over why this is happening and what it means.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a terrible show, but it's a fairly literal, toothless translation of the source material that doesn't give much indication of working as an ongoing series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    "Write what you know" is a cardinal rule of writing, and Fey certainly knows this world better than Sorkin -- even if "The Girlie Show" is lame, I believe it exists in a way I don't with "Studio 60" -- but the history of failed behind-the-scenes sitcoms and dramas is so long and ugly that she would have been better served using a different setting altogether.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    What might have felt like a novel idea 10 or 15 years ago--middle-aged white anti-hero does something terrible to help his family, and only gets pulled in deeper and deeper--is now so tired that it would require sheer brilliance to come out feeling as fresh and untainted as all the money that Marty cleans. And Ozark isn’t up to that challenge.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Santa Clarita Diet is an unfortunate collection of mismatched parts, and gory humor that quickly becomes numbing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It is, like First Day of Camp, very hit-or-miss. Some of the newbies never entirely click, while other relative latecomers (particularly Wain and Lake Bell as Hebrew-speaking lovers who rope Ken Marino’s muscular virgin Victor into solving their fertility issues) inject some fresh life into the proceedings given the absence of some characters and the diminishing returns of others.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, it's a dumber version of "The Shield." Swayze's performance and the always-memorable Chicago locales are frequently undercut by dialogue that's clumsy and/or spells out things we can see for ourselves, and by model-turned-actor Fimmel, last seen on the WB's deservedly short-lived "Tarzan" remake.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Conan was simultaneously reassuring his fans that he wasn't going to change too much in the new gig, and telling the traditional Tonight audience what they might expect from the new landlord. This was the smart, and really only, play Conan could make on night one of such a high-profile job. I just wish the execution had been a little better.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Much as I admire Lilley's ability to pull off a sort of one-man Christopher Guest movie, only one of the three Summer Heights High leads is funny on a consistent basis.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    At times "Cold Case" feels like an assembly-line product, slick and shiny but a bit rushed and impersonal. [23 Sep 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    V has to rise and fall on its story and its characters. Based on the pilot, both of those areas are spotty.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    All the show has now is that potential, the raw talent, and a setting it doesn't know what to do with.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a very straightforward, sincere, dull accounting of all the trouble caused by Rodrigo, son Cesare (Francois Arnaud, frequently nude), daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) and company cause with their newfound power and station.

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