Alan Sepinwall
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For 655 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 655
655 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a very promising start, at a minimum. The distribution model for House of Cards may be looking to reinvent how we watch TV, but the show itself feels very much of a piece with what we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Smith's work in "The Eleventh Hour" showed us exactly what Moffat saw in that audition...."Eleventh Hour" is also a great build-up for Karen Gillan's immensely likable Amy Pond, who has by far the most interesting, emotionally resonant backstory of the modern companions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Four hours is brief enough that the joy of seeing Elba back on TV outweighs the silliness of Luther as a whole.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Because the bond between them is so strong, all the show's disparate pieces - the filthy comedy and the desperation, the joy and the depression - hold together just as well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    So, to sum up: decadent and adult, but too entertaining to be this week's harbinger of the apocalypse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The actors all get their moments to shine, even if their stories don't always feel attached to one another
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a great sitcom, not even really a good one, and the strain of trying to sell such mediocre material will no doubt get to Garrett in a few weeks, but it's still vastly better than its companion show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Rarely have I smiled as early and as often at a new series as I have at this one, which manage to be gentle and sweet and lighter-than-air without ever departing from the Earth that we know.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    There's some amusing material on the margins of the show--the guys use OnStar to settle a debate about the lyrics to a song on the radio, Dougie admits his marriage isn't perfect and his wife "sometimes she gets up in the middle of the night and bakes in her sleep"--but outside of Jerry Minor's winning performance as the overextended but always cheerful Aubrey, it's completely forgettable.
    • 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]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Ashes to Ashes has a cheekier energy that the original "Life on Mars," one that carries the show even when the police procedural stories are relatively bland.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a bad show, but the mechanics of how they're going to abduct their latest target are far less engaging than how the team interacts with each other and how each member fights his or her compulsions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Perhaps recognizing the professional problem, the show's writers return with an episode where the crime has a painful personal connection for Grace. Some of the scenes still drag, but it's stronger than most of the season one episodes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    What you do after surviving the end of the world as you know it is an intriguing premise, and when "Jericho" sticks close to that, it's one of this season's more promising new dramas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a very smart, well-produced, great-looking cop show, one that does familiar things but does them in interesting ways.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    I have no interest in fashion, little inherent fondness for soap operas, and I'm absolutely not the gender this show is targeting. And based on the two episodes I've seen, I'm going to be watching "Ugly Betty" every week. It's that much fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Grammer is outstanding enough on his own to merit watching....Boss as a series, though, still doesn't seem like it's quite there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Damages offers two superb performances by old pros Glenn Close and Ted Danson.... One thing it doesn't have: a compelling main character. It's a doughnut show: lots of sweet, satisfying goodness around the edges, nothing in the middle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If the show takes a while to warm up--and seems to hit certain character beats, like Thack's cocaine addiction, or his feelings towards rookie nurse Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson), over and over again--it builds in the way you would hope a modern cable drama season would, and many of the repetitive earlier scenes wind up laying a foundation for major shifts in the season's second half.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not an ambitious show. It doesn't have the historical sweep and dazzling visuals of something like HBO's upcoming "Boardwalk Empire." Yet in trying to tell good old-fashioned detective stories featuring a pair of leads I kept wanting to spend time with, it quickly joined "Boardwalk" as one of my two favorite new shows of this fall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Because the comedy is so strong, the cast is so likable, and everyone involved so obviously has a passion for making the show as entertaining as it can be, there's a sense of joy around "Chuck" that's infectious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Good Wife is confident and polished, and a much better showcase for Margulies than her last legal drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's clear and engaging and moving to this novice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Nix and company had a very thing going last season, and they've found a way to change the show a little without screwing it up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The challenges--including a head-to-head competition where pairs of chefs are sent into various New York neighborhoods and told to cook the local cuisine--seem appropriately Big Apple-centric without being silly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    At turns funny, terrifying and moving. [16 Nov 2004, p.73]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Fresh, sharp and screamingly funny. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    While there was plenty these four could have continued to talk about, there was never a point where I felt they missed something obvious because they didn't know the others and what they do well enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Midway through the first season, Lawrence, Biegel and the other writers realized their cast was so funny together that the wisest course was to just put everyone together as often as possible, let everyone be goofy, and see what happened. By the end of the season, it was often funnier many weeks than the "Modern Family" episode leading into it. And even with Aniston's guest appearance tonight, this is still the show that Cougar Town became at mid-season last year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It wants to be a smart-aleck comedy/thriller hybrid in the spirit of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, but the jokes are rarely clever enough and the thrills rarely exciting enough.

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