Alan Sepinwall

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For 876 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 876
876 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The other six episodes I've seen have their ups and downs, but that's kind of the nature of the beast with comedies that push the outer edge of the envelope of taste and common decency; their batting average will be lower than their comedy peers, but their slugging percentage will be higher.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Casual still stands out among this group [of lo-fi dramas] because the writing and performances are so specific and so smart that it doesn't feel like a spin-off of six other shows.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    "Extras" finally achieves the greatness expected of the Gervais/Merchant team with Season Two.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Treme may lack the obvious narrative engine that the cops vs. drug dealers narrative gave "The Wire," but it's already a smart, engaging, moving and funny series, one that in many ways is more accessible than its predecessor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It continues to be one of the most satisfying dramas in the history of the medium.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    This isn’t a story taking place in a parallel timeline to Breaking Bad, but one traveling down the same terrible track. And, like Saul Goodman’s most important client once said, nothing stops this train. All we can do is travel along it with these superb actors and the gifted writers, directors, and editors who keep the train moving, trusting that we’ll be wildly entertained even as it takes us someplace we keep hoping it won’t.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s still one of the best shows on television.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Lost season three finale was no fluke. The show has got its mojo back, and then some.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The hour offers up office intrigue, romantic complications and a classic Don Draper pitch, not to mention the usual brilliant acting from all involved.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Again and again, the show toggles between shock humor and sentiment like the two are the most natural fit in the world. Tonally, the show's a miracle, on top of just being balls-out funny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    This is an absolute: Top of the Lake is great.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Felicity is very clearly targeted at the Clearasil set that worships at the altar of the WB's "Dawson's Creek," but if the show can maintain the charm and poignancy of the pilot, adults may also want to pay homage to television's newest star. [29 Sept 1998, p.47]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    There's definitely a joy to this series, no matter how dire things get for its characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Last summer, the show's quality was a surprise because of what it was about and where it aired. Now, UnREAL isn't surprising. It's just thrilling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It definitely has a voice, and it's a great one: witty and wise and warm and not exactly like anything you've heard before.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The larger problem may be whether there's enough material to cover an entire season.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Easy Money was created by Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, who wrote for "The Sopranos," and the show in many ways feels like a low-budget HBO (or FX) series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    The two central performances are so powerful, the dialogue so evocative, the look so intense, that they speak to the value of the hybrid anthology format Pizzolatto is using here--which, along with FX’s “American Horror Story,” points to a potentially fascinating shift in dramatic series television.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Some episodes and moments have such undeniable dramatic power that you may weep; others may just leave you scratching your head. [9 Sept 2001, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The show's as cynical as ever, but it doesn't feel nearly as empty. Selina's more of an actual character--and has become an accomplished slinger of four-letter verbiage in her own right--and even if the team's screw-ups remain inevitable, the ways in which they screw up feel far less predictable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    There’s no performance quite on par with Damian Lewis’s star turn as the quiet, decent company leader in "Band," but the three leads all take advantage of their showcase roles to craft characters that transcend both war movie cliches and the actors’ own mixed backgrounds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Almost everything that made the show a treat a year ago is present for the new season.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the first outright catastrophe of FX's post-"The Shield" era.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Now that Sutter and company have finished the long and difficult task of fixing what wasn't working, I want to know everything it has to offer--even if some of those things may give me nightmares.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Though I enjoyed NBC’s pilot for Community a little bit more, "Modern Family" has as assured and entertaining a start as you could hope for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The world and its citizens are so rich that it’s a pleasure to spend time in it at all, as written by this team, as directed by the great Michelle MacLaren and others (including Franco for a couple of episodes), and as performed by this superb cast.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best-looking pilot of the season--maybe the best new show, period--even though it may not look that good in the future.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The new episodes are more nimble and fun without ever undercutting the tragedies at the heart of the story, and as a result it’s a better showcase for the appealing leads.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has only gotten better, more confident, and more consistent as it's moved along. It knows exactly who its heroine is, what she's good at and what makes her terrifying, just as well as it has very quickly and appealingly figured out how to turn any potential weaknesses into additional strengths.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Masters of Sex is the best new show of the fall by a very long stretch. It's also a refreshing anomaly: a prestige cable drama that doesn't feel like a recombination of elements from 15 shows that came before it.

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