Alan Sepinwall
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For 686 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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 Behind the Candelabra
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 686
686 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Even if you are familiar with the contours of the controversy over Scientology, Gibney's documentary, which won raves at Sundance in January and airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on HBO, is worth watching, particularly for the personal stories of former members.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Nurse Jackie season 4 is all consequences, all the time--and is much, much more satisfying overall as a result.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Downton in season 3 is still a soap opera (as it was in season 1, as well), but it's a smarter one; it's harder to see the puppet strings Fellowes is pulling this year to get to his desired outcomes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    What makes these episodes feel extra-special is the sense of purpose to them. There's a big story being told here--not one that requires you to watch every episode (though your funny bone will thank you if you do), but one that seems to raise the stakes for everyone involved, and which makes the jokes funnier, the characters richer, in the process.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    A relentless, ambitious perpetual motion machine that may go down as the most exciting thriller in TV history. [27 Oct 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The premiere doesn't necessarily have the sort of mythical, spine-tingling moments that the first season provided from time to time, but the acting remains strong (particularly by Chandler and Britton, the First Couple of primetime) and it feels like an episode of Friday Night Lights in a way that very little of season two did.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    So long as Elba's on the screen, I'm interested, and even more when he and Wilson are sharing it. But ultimately, Luther turned out to be more average than I thought at first, regardless of its country of origin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    If the world that Simon, Burns, Wright and company drop us into can be confusing at first (mirroring, as they intended, the confusion that Wright felt at the time), it's a fully-realized one that's both thousands of miles away (literally and figuratively) from the Baltimore of "The Wire" and one that will feel very familiar to anyone who spent a lot of time watching McNulty and Bunk drink at the train tracks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It took me a while to overcome the "been there, analyzed that" feelings I had in the opening episodes, as Paul and his patients began the familiar dance, wherein they talk about only what they're comfortable talking about while Paul, like a good detective, tries to solve the mystery of what's really bothering them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    This doesn't feel like a factory product, but a work of individual, beautiful craftsmanship.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Happy Valley is so effective at what it sets out to do, and so neat in fitting all its pieces together (up to the way the story's climax evokes a much milder incident from early in the series), that I'm a bit ambivalent about the fact that a second season has already been ordered. Lancashire is so good that I won't necessarily mind getting to watch more of her in this role, but this particular story is so unique to her in a way that no sequel season can be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, a solid but not riveting premiere. No goosebumps ala Eric in the halftime locker room last year, but as always, it's good to be back in Dillon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Normal is overrated. Give me whimsy, dreams and Evil Troy and Evil Abed any day. Give me extraordinary. Give me Community.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It has so much going for it on paper -- notably Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing soccer mom -- but the series' creators remain so pleased with themselves that they're rarely as funny as they obviously think they are. [13 Aug 2007]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    I was encouraged that the character-driven third episode was stronger than the zombie action-heavy second, and perhaps the producers will be proven right--that the longer this saga goes on past these initial six episodes, the more it will set itself apart from the zombie canon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Fishburne doesn't show up until halfway through the episode and mostly stays in the background once he does, letting the intellectual chess match between Grissom and DJK be the focus. And that feels right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    For some, the six hours of Rectify will feel like a very slow sentence indeed. For others, the performances, the very clear sense of time and place, the beautiful images and the thoughtful things the series has to say about life, death and spirituality will feel like no time at all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Walking Dead is excellent with action, with suspense, and with atmosphere, and these early episodes have all three in spades.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    While there are many extraordinary moments in the new season, there's still enough inconsistency that I'm still waiting for it to become the classic drama it so clearly has the tools to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The CW's Reaper and NBC's "Chuck," the two shows featuring the aforementioned Sam and, um, Chuck, are an unusual pairing in that they're not only both good--with ABC's "Pushing Daisies," they're the best new shows of the season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still fun, still sweet, and still a pleasure to hear Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn and the gang voice these characters, but.... Toy Story That Time Forgot on the whole is a story that could have been told in half the time and been twice as effective.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Those three performances are so good that they lift up everyone around them, whether it's Combs (best whenever he has Rashad or McDonald to spar with) or John Stamos, surprisingly subtle in what could be a thankless role as the white man who doesn't want the Youngers moving into his neighborhood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The "Seinfeld" plot doesn't kick off until the season's third episode. The first two, meanwhile, are a reminder of what a brilliant show, and a deep cast of characters, Larry has built ever since he said goodbye to Jerry and company.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    [Deb's new] knowledge, and the way it alters Dexter and Deb's relationship, shakes the series out of the doldrums it's been in for several years now.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The journey from Point A to Point B is both surprising and funny in spots, thanks to Bornheimer's likable doofus vibe and the usual waves of contempt coming from Kurtwood Smith (last seen as Red on "That '70s Show") as his prospective father-in-law.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Though it rushes a bit through its final episode, Torchwood: Children of Earth is big in a way that very little of TV aspires to anymore. Until we see what kind of late charge "Mad Men" will have when it returns in mid-August, this is the most exciting television of the summer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Nothing short of a TV miracle: a family show that's sweet, but not too syrupy, bitingly funny, but not mean-spirited and fun for viewers of all ages, without appealing to the blandest common denominator. [5 Oct 2000, p.37]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If the start of the season feels formulaic, it's a formula that's worked in the past, and one that gives very good material to key members of the ensemble.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    A winning new drama set only a few years before Don Draper would get a new secretary named Peggy Olsen.

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