Alan Sepinwall
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For 690 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 690
690 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Nobody likes a know-it-all - especially when he starts pointing out something you could have figured out by yourself. Let's hope this unusual man gets some equally unusual puzzles in the coming weeks. [11 July 2002, p.35]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Eli Stone, lightweight and proudly quirky.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    I want to see another episode or two before I can tell if The Philanthropist has the potential to be anything more than a summer trifle. But thanks to Purefoy, it's at least an entertaining trifle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It still has some problems, and may not be able to milk the concept any longer than the Brits did, but the central concept--modern law-enforcement veteran has to deal with a world where forensics science is in its infancy and civil rights are treated as inconveniences at best--is still appealing, and in some ways more so when it's transplanted to the early '70s New York immortalized in cop films like "The French Connection" and "Serpico."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Peter and Neal now have very good reason to be wary of each other, and that not only suggests good things in the future but spices up all of their interactions while they work their latest case. It's a vast improvement, and a welcome example of a show eventually finding itself by eliminating outside distractions and focusing as much as possible on the core concept.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The Middleman is at once retro and post-modern, the sort of result you'd get if you threw "The Tick" and the '50s black-and-white "Superman" TV show into a blender. And it's quite a lot of fun.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's definitely not sunshine and lollipops, but series creator David Hollander manages to push the right emotional buttons. [25 Sept 2001, p.33]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The thing is, if you can let go of the "Groundhog Taye" problem, it's a decent little thriller with a sci-fi twist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    If you can get past the blatant attempts to sell an ABC News production to fans of ABC dramas--prepare yourself for a lot of going-into-commercial cliffhangers where the surgical patients don't seem to be waking up--Hopkins is a rewarding, and often surprising, experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    By reattaching his misery to 9/11, and by reminding us that everyone around him still shares in the miseries of that day, Rescue Me has lit a new fire under both the man and his show.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot, in which Yost liberally borrows Leonard’s trademark lean dialogue from "Fire in the Hole," has a swagger to it, and also a sly sense of humor....Without Leonard’s writing to directly adapt, the later episodes are a mixed bag.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The humor provided by the new setting makes the show a bit more palatable than it was last season, but Nip/Tuck is still Nip/Tuck, for both good and ill.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Sutter has some interesting characters and ideas here, but the intensity isn't there yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Outside of McGee, the new season suggests that Rescue Me has gone as far as it can go as a comedy/drama hybrid. Almost all of the best scenes are the funny ones - or the ones that start dark, then turn funny, like Tommy brainstorming with Mike (Mike Lombardi) on the best way to euthanize his ailing mother.[12 June 2007, p.41]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The show is less profound and novel than it seems to think it is. But the performances are strong enough that I want to stick around for Cathy Jamison's final journey, even if the path feels particularly well-trod.
    • Hitfix
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a finished product yet, and Poehler and the writers need to find more ways to distinguish Leslie from Michael Scott, but funny forgives an awful lot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    What The Unusuals lacks in cinematic sheen, it compensates with humor and a more interesting group of characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a solid little comedy, in which Scrubs fans can recognize the spirit of the show they loved, even if it's not Scrubs at its best.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The world of the warehouse, and the interplay with the characters as they deal with it, are amusing enough to mark Warehouse 13 as a very promising summer series--regardless of the name of the channel it's on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Human Target is still Human Target. If you enjoyed the show last year, you will now. If, like me, you were hoping for something just a little bit deeper, you might need to wait a while to see.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    At times, the comedy tries too hard--Booth keeps driving on the wrong side of the road and doesn't seem to know what tea is--but then there comes a moment where the writers get the characters dialed in just right, and then the show is irresistible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, it feels more like the good old days than Grey's has in a long time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The time jump doesn't turn Parks into a new show (Leslie and Ben's triplets don't appear in a single frame of the first four episodes), nor does it dunk the series in some kind of comic fountain of youth, but it does provide a fresh enough start to get us through 13 more episodes without feeling like we've seen it all too many times before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    "Kidnapped" plays out like a point-by-point criticism of everything "Vanished" gets wrong.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    While it's great that series like these can find a home on pay cable, it's a shame they feel the need to live up to the adult reputation most cable series have. "Soul Food" the series continues the unfortunate R-rated tradition of "Soul Food" the movie. [26 Jun 2000]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Though there isn't anything appreciably wrong with the third season, it's hard to fight the feeling that maybe Dexter is a concept that has reached its expiration date.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's very well-done teen angst, but at the same time made me feel very old and slightly pervy while watching it.

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