Alan Sepinwall

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For 753 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 753
753 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Jane Timoney continues to be an interesting character--and if the characters around her become three-dimensional enough to stand plausibly with or against her--then this could hearken back not only to the original "Prime Suspect," but "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," etc.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're not meant to think too hard about what's happening, then "Sons" largely succeeds at its goals, particularly given the performances, the direction (led by Emmy winner Paris Barclay) and Sutter and his writers' talent for crafting gut-wrenching individual moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    There are meta layers within layers here (it's almost disappointing HBO's current executives don't play themselves), but the end result is a sequel that feels very true to the spirit and style of the original.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If you're expecting the nuanced characterization and complex themes of some other period cable dramas of the 21st century, 'Klondike' will leave you wanting. If you're just asking for an entertaining adventure story with impressive visuals and a solid cast, it does the job.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Even without enough of the Jodie scenes to provide emotional support to the thriller plot, the miniseries' concluding hour is very strong, and actually improves on a few aspects of the book.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    As comedy pilots go, it's not an instant classic--though those are far more rare in comedy than drama(*)--but there are enough promising signs, both on-screen and off, to suggest it can get there in time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Arrow is a competently-made superhero drama with an appealing lead performance from Stephen Amell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    A sharper, more thoughtful, and just plain funnier version of the kind of retro multi-cam sitcom "Mr. Robinson" was trying to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    In a vacuum, the series is a solid, if not thrilling, piece of classic science fiction, exploring questions about the line between man and robot, whether computers can have souls, and whether mankind is destined to be rendered obsolete by the machines we're creating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Live Another Day may ultimately set off every clich├ęd minefield the show tripped over the previous eight seasons, but the time commitment is so much shorter that I can enjoy the show's strengths (Jack, his relationship with Chloe, the action set pieces) without getting too bummed out by its weaknesses if they wind up persisting like always.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Absorbing in fits and starts, but ultimately so didactic and, especially, humorless that I'm probably comfortable leaving the story--and the series--here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The show as a whole moves briskly and confidently.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Through five episodes, there's an awful lot of excess in Vinyl, which perhaps makes sense for a show involving two icons of '70s rock in Jagger and Scorsese. But all of Richie's searching for the next idea, and all of the scenes involving the Nasty Bits or other rising forms of music, suggest a show that really wishes it could strip away all the glam and all the tropes and just do something simple and raw and powerful.
    • 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: Obergruppenf├╝hrer John Smith (Rufus Sewell).... Still, the world itself is fascinating and fully-realized enough to compensate for the people who live there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If it's not exactly "Gilmore Girls 2: Acoustic Boogaloo," it's close enough to be reassuring--and, on occasion, distracting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    All told, it's a much more promising start to things than the first episode of "Dollhouse."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    With a cast this good, and with so many potentially juicy conflicts already in play, I'm going to take a more optimistic point of view than Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) might.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    So while Elementary fits a little too comfortably into the CBS lineup (in the timeslot "The Mentalist" was in last year), its specific approach to Holmes and Watson, and the way that Miller and Liu interact, makes the show work on its own less ambitious terms.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, the good in Normal Heart outweighs the bad, which isn't always the case with Murphy's work. It's an important story packed with vivid individual moments, but with this material and these actors, it feels like it could be so much more than what it is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Falling Skies is exactly what you'd expect it to be, only a very good example of it (and is at its best in Sunday's pilot), and an ideal summer series. For once, Spielberg and company got it right on the small screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The supporting cast was better used, there were occasional touches of humor beyond Monroe, they mythology didn't just feel like a retread of bits from "Buffy," "Angel," etc., and I even thought leading man David Giuntoli had gotten better.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It feels fairly honest, and more interesting and relevant than most.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The character beats with the heroes are as familiar as the show's ensemble, but the leads do some interesting things with them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The good news: the songs remain both sharp and diverse in style, including riffs on Bollywood and boy bands to go with the more showtune-y numbers. And the show's starting to sketch in the supporting characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    "Family Guy" consistently falls short of excellence, thanks to its monotonously unvaried structure, which consists of a character describing an outrageous situation, followed by a clip depicting that same situation. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The celebrity level of the new Masters may be lower, but there's still that sense of fun from seeing established chefs have to be put through the same faces as the more anonymous ones.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Nikita is good, but it's not transcendent.

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