Alan Sepinwall

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For 933 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 933
933 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Eliza is such a broad caricature of everything Kapnek finds annoying about social media that she's unbearable--and not just to the other characters on the show.... The Selfie pilot offers glimmers of a show that can work. John Cho is very good: understated and wry and charming. Karen Gillan seems game for anything.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    The original Bad Judge pilot wasn't all that funny, but a show with the guts (and the appropriate channel placement) to go full "Bad Santa" with her as the lead could work very well. Instead, Bad Judge has been noted into oblivion. She's no longer quite so bad, but she's also not anything else. She's just... there.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    In the moments when Annalise is plotting strategy with her underlings, or pulling one shady trick after another in open court, are a treat because Davis is there to carry it all.... The [other] characters involved are so much less compelling than Annalise that it feels like a magic trick gone awry.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    Not an especially good first episode (the two-part backdoor pilot on "NCIS" last spring was better), but one I may return to on occasion, just like the original series, just to see the actors work.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a dumb pilot directed by "Fast & Furious" franchise caretaker Justin Lin, which means there are multiple car chases that kick ass, including one near the end that's as fun as it is completely ridiculous.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's all fairly disposable, though at least the show lets Gruffudd use his native accent, and he has an interesting relationship with Judd Hirsch's Abe, the one man who knows his secret.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Alan Sepinwall
    All the show has now is that potential, the raw talent, and a setting it doesn't know what to do with.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Red Band overdoes it in some areas, it's impressively restrained in others.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Alan Sepinwall
    In a fall season with a lot of mediocre shows ... here's one of the few truly awful ones.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Season 4 was a mess well before it got to the parts designed to wrap up the series for good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Legends wants you to take it very seriously, but throughout the two episodes I've seen, it plays like a parody of the kind of show it wants to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Outlander is by far the best of these Starz costume dramas I've seen. It knows the stories it wants to tell and the strongest way to tell them.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, Manhattan makes its intentions fairly plain, including its desire to evoke other historical dramas about brilliant but prickly men.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's as deeply cynical as its doctor anti-hero, but like Rush, it's aware of the path it's on and doesn't have the pretensions of being something it's not.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Alan Sepinwall
    Passmore's too bland to pull off the many dynamic emotional shifts Neil goes through, and the whole thing feels shapeless, providing little idea of how the series functions going forward.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The notion of two superficial, emotionally stunted human beings struggling with the realization that they still have feelings is by far the most interesting premise of these four shows. But Cash is significantly more appealing than Geere (in fairness, her character is a bit less horrible than his), and the overall execution falls short of the idea.... This one, at least, has the potential to be something more than it is at the moment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole thing is every bit as joyless, airless and uncomfortable as the marriage it's depicting--a show filled with miserable, unlikeable characters that doesn't provide them with writing remotely sharp enough to compensate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Strain is packed with so much macabre imagery and so many clever ideas that it doesn't feel like the resuscitation of a tired genre, but the launch of something new and fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Berry provides (pardon the pun) enough gravity to make Extant feel like a genuine work of science fiction, rather than a soap opera dressed up in sci-fi drag, which happens too often on the broadcast networks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a show with a much stronger command of its subject matter and awareness of its own strengths and weaknesses--even as The Bridge still seems to be stuck in that nebulous border region separating the pretty good from the genuinely great.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Fortunately, Ritter is such a seasoned pro at this sitcom thing that he makes "8 Simple Rules" vaguely watchable, and at times actually funny, when in lesser hands it would be thoroughly unpleasant. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Sepinwall
    Many will hate it. But there will be viewers in whom it strikes a chord so deeply that they will feel themselves overwhelmed by it in the best possible way: not like they're drowning in the misery, but like it's teaching them a new way to breathe.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite the novel setting, everything about the show feels stodgy and cliched.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Ellie" has gone from being an avant-garde failure to a very average failure. [15 Apr 2003]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Alan Sepinwall
    There is nothing else on television quite like it, and for those who have the patience to sit through Daniel's still, slow journey, the emotional rewards are enormous.

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