Alan Sepinwall

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For 860 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 Mad Men: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 87 out of 860
860 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    With the other Sundance series, very little may be happening in any given stretch, and yet they're so overflowing with emotion that it feels like everything is happening. Here, there are actual significant events (multiple robberies, a hit-and-run, various beatings) quite often, and yet it feels like nothing's happening.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Margulies is a potent enough screen presence that this part of the show could be interesting, but Canterbury's self-destructive streak gets overshadowed by all the Leg Show material and the overheated courtroom theatrics.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Magnificent Seve" can't hold a candle to its cinematic predecessor, or to most of the old TV classics like Gunsmoke. But in a world where all the cowboys rode off into the sunset decades ago, we'll take a watered-down Western just fine, ma'am. [3 Jan 1998]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    The larger problem, though, is that unless you're deeply invested in the fairy tale characters and seeing the variations on their familiar backstories--seeing, for instance, that Snow and Charming had a very different first meeting than the one we know about--then most of the story and character work is flat, despite a cast of likable, game actors.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Though The Newsroom, like "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" before it, is mostly Bad Sorkin on display, there are also those occasional flashes of Good Sorkin that make it worth sifting through the rest of the mess to find.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Twenty Twelve is ultimately too safe and predictable to be funny enough for the time spent watching it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not fun enough while waiting for the explanation in the fifth and final episode I saw (there are 10 episodes altogether), and the explanation doesn't do a good enough job of justifying everything that's happened before.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot feels like 17 shows all crammed together into one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The mythology feels like mystery for its own sake, and even the characters on the show start wondering why whoever inked up Jane didn't just call the FBI anonymously.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Ballers isn't especially bad, but nor is it especially good.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Like all the Bruckheimer procedurals... you know what you're getting from the jump: solid but unspectacular acting and storytelling that will leave you satisfied without rocking your world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Baker has an unforced masculinity that allows him to play likable bastards like this, and with the other regular characters (played by Robin Tunney, Owain Yeoman, Tim Kang and Amanda Righetti) so far ciphers at best, he's able to carry the show by his lonesome.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The notion of two superficial, emotionally stunted human beings struggling with the realization that they still have feelings is by far the most interesting premise of these four shows. But Cash is significantly more appealing than Geere (in fairness, her character is a bit less horrible than his), and the overall execution falls short of the idea.... This one, at least, has the potential to be something more than it is at the moment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's an hour of unpleasant yet bland people occasionally bumping into each other and saying racially provocative things.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    As epic as Reggie vs. Billy or Billy vs. George were on the sports pages in the summer of Sam, it doesn't feel like quite enough to fill eight hours of scripted drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    As a show about average people who become superheroes, No Ordinary Family is very promising. It's the "Family" part of the title where the series has problems.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Neither trainwreck nor masterpiece, the new "90210" was exactly what nobody expected it would be: remarkably faithful in tone and spirit to the original adventures of Brandon, Brenda, Scott Scanlon and company.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, it's the exact same tedious show they've been making, under one name or another, for years now.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    If Lie to Me wants to elevate itself above all the other shows like it, it not only needs to beef up the quality of its mysteries, but to spend more time focusing on these unexpected downsides of the power to live a life of absolute truths.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Bored to Death (created by real-life novelist--but not private dick--Jonathan Ames) as a whole is so dry in its comedy that there's very little margin for error. (Like the "Star Trek" movies, I found myself enjoying the even-numbered episodes and struggling through the odd-numbered ones.)
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    A work in progress.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The longer you watch the show (I've seen all eight episodes of its first season), the emptier and more frustrating it becomes, to the point where even the brief running time begins to feel too long.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    I like her a lot, but the shaggy-dog nature of the storytelling... made the comedy miss about as often as it hit for me.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Lewis is a strong enough actor (again, see "Band of Brothers") that there are moments where he pulls together all these tics into a character who could be interesting, but too much time gets wasted on pedestrian mysteries to give him room to work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The pieces shouldn't fit together--Earl's celestial presence with Grace's raging sex life, discussions of metaphysics with police procedural plots--but somehow they do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Though there are some good jokes here and there about the humiliations a little person actor has to endure on your average movie set, for the most part, the biggest laughs have little to do with Davis and everything to do with the celebrity guests.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    For now, at least, the satirical elements aren't as sharp as other popular cartoons like "The Simpsons" or "King of the Hill" or even "Beavis & Butt-Head." [13 Aug 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Though Esposito and Burke are both excellent--and Kripke and Favreau stage a classic swashbuckling swordfight for Miles that's easily the highlight of the first hour--far too much time is spent on the boring (Charlie) or annoying (Danny) teenagers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    If it felt much like an episode of one of Conan's old shows, the Conan debut also felt like a middle-of-the-pack example. Some funny bits, some other obligatory moments, and a good feeling to have the guy back, but nothing extraordinary like, say, his final week on "Tonight."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the whole is a missed opportunity, despite some strong individual moments and a fine cast that also includes Reg E. Cathey, Rocky Carroll, and Peter Gerety. Oprah’s so good in it, though.

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