Alan Sepinwall

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For 903 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 90 out of 903
903 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Maybe McBride has more pitches in his arsenal than he's shown so far, but the repertoire on display in Eastbound & Down feels too limited for a long stint on HBO's mound.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    The execution in this case is too shrill and scattered to get any of his points--or jokes--across.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    While the jokes may be funnier than "King" has been in a long time, the new show also feels more uneven and strained.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Turn isn't bad, but it's also too forgettable to deserve a long look, cool credits or no.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot episode definitely would have benefited from a less-is-more approach, while the series as a whole could use a little more meat and/or logic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Just like a school like Brakebills wouldn't send its students to an advanced class before teaching them the basics, The Magicians loses something for not fully setting up foundational elements like how magic works in this world, what it's like to be a student (or teacher) at Brakebills, or the many ways it is very different from Hogwarts.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    A little of Leary goes a long way with me these days, but there are enough other elements here (the supporting cast also includes Bobby Kelly, John Ales and Elaine Hendrix as former Heathens reuniting to be part of the Gigi project) to potentially sample. But the father/daughter stuff is just too much.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a likable cast and the show seems a potentially good companion to "HIMYM" (these characters even hang out in a bar that looks a bit like the "HIMYM" bar shifted 90 degrees), but there's one problem: It's not especially funny. Not yet, anyway.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    If the "Shark" writers feel the need to, in the very first episode, soften their hero in a way the "House" writers haven't had to do in two-plus seasons, how warm and fuzzy will the character be by November sweeps, let alone the end of the season?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes I've seen felt flat and airless, outside of the performance by Sam Huntington as the werewolf.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    A well-meaning but deeply flawed exercise in nostalgia.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It is non-terrible, but when there is a vastly better take on the exact same idea, the only excuses for watching this one are a lack of a Netflix subscription (and you can also buy the episodes on Amazon and iTunes) or a violent medical allergy to reading subtitles.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    The show plays like bad imitation noir where the private eye can occasionally sink his teeth into the villain.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Samantha Who? isn't remotely as bad as the worst of this season's rookie class ("Cavemen," "Big Shots," CBS' upcoming "Viva Laughlin"), but it's ultimately forgettable in a way that a show about an amnesiac would probably want to avoid.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the three episodes USA sent out for review (the pilot, a mid-season episode, and the first season finale), what Kate does only occasionally matches up with the judge's speech, and none of her cases are interesting enough to distinguish Fairly Legal from the abundance of law shows on TV.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    A schizophrenic pilot that's more interesting in parts than as a whole.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Legends wants you to take it very seriously, but throughout the two episodes I've seen, it plays like a parody of the kind of show it wants to be.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    When you spend all your time and energy explaining how the trick works, there's precious little left to entertain the audience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    A sometimes-promising, sometimes-frustrating, always-overpopulated new sitcom that kicks off this season's odd new trend of shows about relative strangers who become best pals in a hurry.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Barring a significant step up in quality--or at least the self-awareness to stop taking its silly plot and characters so seriously--those people [Gen X'ers who loved "Buffy"] will only be watching out of loyalty to a part that Gellar played a long time ago, on two different networks that no longer exist, and not because she's presently doing work that merits that kind of devotion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    By starting the story so long before the deaths of Sharon Tate and Manson's other victims, though.... the next several episodes devote most of their time to the detectives investigating crimes that either tangentially involve Manson or have nothing at all to do with him, but are there to fulfill the Case of the Week structure most network procedural cop shows depend on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Hello Ladies is so much of a piece with both "The Office" and "Life's Too Short"--oblivious asshole keeps putting himself in humiliating situations because of an overinflated sense of self--that it's tiresome almost from the start.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Simon, Sydney and their colleagues work in a giant office that seems much too underpopulated, just as the first episode feels like a rough draft.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Most of the humor feels like a show that’s trying too hard, except when we’re watching the great-yet-tiny character actress Linda Hunt as the boss of NCIS’s Los Angeles field office.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    There's potentially a very interesting show about cops from different cultures, with different methods of policing, learning to work together. Based on the pilot, at least, Crossing Lines just treats all that as window dressing for the same old, same old.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The series as a whole seems much more interested in the love triangle involving Arthur, his bravest knight Leontes (Philip Winchester) and the beautiful Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton) than in actually showing the growth of a king. It doesn't help that parts of that story are bizarrely anachronistic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The many mismatched parts make Legends feel like several different shows competing for supremacy, with some more engaging than others.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Like most of [Starz's] shows, though, it's all flash and no substance, and the flash fades pretty quickly, no doubt right around the point the production accountant realized just how much it costs to film extended sequences with ships in water.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Surely, there are talented American writers not long out of their teens who could have helped craft a new group of characters and stories that reflected their own experiences - and with enough sex and drugs and mayhem to please MTV's need for extra attention.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Of these three shows ["Minority Report" and "BlindSpot"], Limitless is the most competent at what it's trying to be, even if what it's trying to be is a middling CBS procedural.

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