Alan Sepinwall

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For 846 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Night Of
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 846
846 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    The season as a whole is terrific, and comes very satisfyingly full circle with all of its stories, but you might want to give the first two episodes a try tomorrow and then loop back later to watch the rest in a smaller window.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and the rest of the cast remain, like the show, better than the material probably needs to be a commercial success, and thus strong enough that Vikings remains a genuine pleasure rather than a guilty one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    In an ideal world, Katims and Nutter would have taken the best elements from their previous series: the keen insight into teen behavior of "My So-Called Life" and the inventive storytelling of "The X-Files." Unfortunately, Roswell gets it backwards, using both the self-importance of the former and the paper-thin characterization of the latter. [6 Oct 1999, p.73]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a watered-down, TV version of the familiar tale, as bland and inoffensive as possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Sick, twisted and darkly funny, "Dexter" is easily the best drama in Showtime history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With these characters, with this fascinating, complicated place--and one that's at the forefront of so much of what we're talking about in real world politics--and the sense of atmosphere instilled by directors like Gerardo Naranjo, The Bridge is off to such an outstanding start that I can't wait to see what this creative team does not only with the rest of the serial killer story, but well beyond it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Lucas' interactions with House are far funnier than any previous pairing of House with a recurring guest star. On the minus side, it's a role so aware of its own quirks that Lucas might wind up being a polarizing figure....As for the returning characters, the mix still isn't right.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Like several of the original "30 for 30" films, it gets hamstrung in spots by a particular filmmaking choice, the story itself is so strong, as are the recollections of the people who went through it, that I very much recommend watching.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The show does such an amazing job of evoking a world not that long-gone, and in a way that makes it equal parts alluring and appalling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    For the most part, the new season (I've seen four of the eight episodes) is excellent. Tropper and company find new contexts for most of the characters to match their altered surroundings. ... But in the middle of this comes a brand new kind of story for the show, and one that made me cringe not with delight at Banshee's latest impressive bit of the old ultraviolence, but with concern that Banshee had become TV's latest drama to prominently feature a serial killer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    As with Notaro's deadpan affect, the show seems to be holding itself in reserve and refusing to engage, yet the impact--on both the serious and silly sides--ultimately lands just as sharply as one of the punchlines from Notaro's act. It's all easygoing until it's anything but.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If Crossfire Hurricane doesn't offer much that's new, or tell a spellbinding story along the way, it still vividly captures how they became legends in the first place.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    I don't know that there's a long-running series here--even the pilot runs out of steam before the end--but I did laugh several times.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    If you gave up on either one because they seemed tired or just annoying in their familiarity, now might be a good time to try a return visit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes FOX sent to critics are impressively well-balanced, not to mention coherent by Empire "standards."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    There's a richer, more artistically ambitious version--possibly, but not necessarily, involving magic realism--of this story still waiting to be told, but the basic competence of Narcos is enough for now.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a bland, interchangeable bunch, with most of them having a single identifiable trait.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With its huge cast (the new season also adds Ron Livingston as a businessman who romances Gretchen Mol’s Gillian) and sprawling world, Boardwalk Empire could suffer from that desire for more than plenty. Inevitably, though, it reveals itself as a show with a firm grasp on all these disparate people and places, and a clear sense of how to fit them all together.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The pacing is wobbly, and while the actors all seem period-appropriate (Davalos, whose previous series was TNT's '40s crime drama "Mob City," is a graceful acting time traveler), the only character who really comes to life as more than a functionary of the plot is one of Spotnitz's creations: Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell).... Still, the world itself is fascinating and fully-realized enough to compensate for the people who live there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Aliens is very much in the vein of previous nerd comedies like "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Freaks and Geeks," though it's not as explosively funny as either one of them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the 10 episodes of the new season, Tremé remains outstanding at what it sets out to do.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    On the whole, the series is one I’d mainly recommend with an “if you like this sort of thing” caveat (as opposed to BSG, whose appeal transcended space operatics). I happen to be someone who likes this sort of thing, but The Expanse season two is a much better version of that thing now that everyone knows what’s up and can take action accordingly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    At times, it’s a deep and powerful saga, while at many others, it’s more of an exercise in style over substance. But what style!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    Terrific sketch comedy: absurd, inventive, surprising, and just damn funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With season 2, everything feels much more in balance, and much more confidently its own thing, rather than a tentative adaptation figuring itself out through trial and error.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    For one night, this is the best House, and its leading man, have been in a long time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a tough story. An honest story. And a story that beautifully connects its Baker’s dozen of tales and characters with each other, and the audience, even though there are some bumps and missteps along the way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    An extremely straightforward mob saga, filled with moves, countermoves, and frequent bursts of violence.
    • 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.

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