Alan Sepinwall
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For 667 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 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 667
667 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    "Kidnapped" plays out like a point-by-point criticism of everything "Vanished" gets wrong.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    I've since seen two more episodes, which in some ways intrigued me even more than the pilot. It's not "Battlestar Galactica", in that it swaps out the military components of that show for a bit of teen angst and soap opera intrigue, but I really like the lead performances by Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales (two actors who in previous roles often made me feel like there was something missing), and the social commentary is just as sharp here as it was on "BSG."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    So, to sum up: decadent and adult, but too entertaining to be this week's harbinger of the apocalypse.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Eli Stone, lightweight and proudly quirky.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The transformations aren't complete by episode's end--though at least Dekker chops off his floppy Emo bangs--but it's a step in the right direction for a series that struggled to live up to its potential and pedigree last spring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Perhaps recognizing the professional problem, the show's writers return with an episode where the crime has a painful personal connection for Grace. Some of the scenes still drag, but it's stronger than most of the season one episodes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Chocolate News has the funny part down; now it just needs to make some fresher observations.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Cranston's performance alone is enough to keep me watching for a while, but I'd like to see something resembling a completed formula, and soon.
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Ashes to Ashes has a cheekier energy that the original "Life on Mars," one that carries the show even when the police procedural stories are relatively bland.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The Ex List has the kind of silly romantic comedy premise that makes you feel dumber just for hearing it, but the show itself is actually fairly smart and funny--for the time being, at least.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Tonally, Privileged is an amalgam of the CW's other shows in this genre: more contemporary and (at times) funnier than the new "90210" but not as nihilistic as "Gossip Girl." And Garcia's both charming and a promising light comedienne.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Sutter has some interesting characters and ideas here, but the intensity isn't there yet.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The two-hour pilot episode was engaging and fun in a way that NBC's other throwback dramas ("Knight Rider," "My Own Worst Enemy") have failed to be.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    What The Unusuals lacks in cinematic sheen, it compensates with humor and a more interesting group of characters.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    As wonderfully played by Kenneth Branagh, Wallander is a fine addition to the tradition of PBS' "Mystery!"
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Royal Pains can't help but suffer in comparison, but it's not a bad summer diversion--which, frankly, is all that "Burn Notice" was in its first season.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    While HBO’s new "How to Make It in America" is light on plot, characterization and humor, it’s got atmosphere to spare. And for a few episodes, that may be enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Jackie remains watchable because of Falco's no-nonsense, weary performance, and because of the off-kilter comic brilliance of Merritt Wever as Jackie's bubbly, spastic protégé Zoey.

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