Alan Sepinwall

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For 824 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Behind the Candelabra
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 824
824 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Magicians overall has come into its own far faster than its young witches and wizards. There’s even more of a sense of playfulness to the material.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    And as the new season begins, it becomes clear that gags are easier to write in abundance than gag lyrics. The non-melodic portions of the show are still a scream.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Fey's parts of the premiere are terrific, and next week's episode is an even better--and sillier--showcase for her.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Rarely have I smiled as early and as often at a new series as I have at this one, which manage to be gentle and sweet and lighter-than-air without ever departing from the Earth that we know.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    With the start of season two, it looks like the expectations might finally meet the reality--or however real a show with aliens and time travel can get.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Because Dexter's victims are always so evil, we're inclined to root for him, but moments like that--or one in where Dexter admits he doesn't really care about saving innocents, just scratching his itch to kill--gives the show more moral complexity than you would expect, and it's the better for that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    Bee had a very strong first show, chowing down on the low-hanging fruit that is both sides of this current presidential election.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The "Seinfeld" plot doesn't kick off until the season's third episode. The first two, meanwhile, are a reminder of what a brilliant show, and a deep cast of characters, Larry has built ever since he said goodbye to Jerry and company.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Sepinwall
    The Good Wife is confident and polished, and a much better showcase for Margulies than her last legal drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The first episode is more of a pleasant experience that holds the promise of something better down the road.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    As with the many conspiracies of "Alias," I'm not always 100 percent clear on what's happening in Hunted, but the atmosphere and suspense are terrific, and the leading lady is compelling enough that I want to see her triumph over whoever it is she's ultimately supposed to be fighting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a big swing for ABC and for Ridley, and if it's not a home run, it's also far from a big whiff.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The clear passage of time for so many others is part of the larger absurd joke that made the movie such a treat, and that makes First Day of Camp a lot of fun, even if stretching out a 97-minute movie concept to around four hours (I've seen six of the eight episodes) leads to a more uneven overall comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, it's fun: creepy when it needs to be, light when it can be (which is more often than you'd expect, given the life and death stakes), doesn't look too cheap (it has an easier time than "Copper," in that it doesn't have to recreate an earlier time period).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes I've seen function as shaggy dog stories: not wildly funny, nor as dark and emotional as "Louie" so often gets, but amusing in spots and with a very clear voice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    With the former "Hustle & Flow" co-stars as the leads, whoever tunes in will get something interesting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    I liked enough of "Man Seeking Woman" to stick around and see what other crazy ideas Rich has for Josh. But I'm also prepared to spend long stretches of episodes watching through my fingers like it's a horror movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    This is all excellent raw material. Of course, King adaptations often feature such impressive individual parts, and only occasionally exceed the sum of them. But the Under the Dome pilot is quite promising.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    This is the closest thing to a fresh start the show is going to get, and there are some promising developments here suggesting this could ultimately be a more rewarding viewing experience than The Killing 1.0.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Quaid and Chiklis will keep me watching for a while, but in the long run I'd like to see a more ambitious approach to the material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Grammer is outstanding enough on his own to merit watching....Boss as a series, though, still doesn't seem like it's quite there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    f you go in looking for another "Breaking Bad," you'll be sorely disappointed--even if the second episode contains several visual nods to the work of Heisenberg--but if you're looking for a snappy cop show, you should do okay.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    If Red Band overdoes it in some areas, it's impressively restrained in others.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The female leads are appealing, the world promising and the pilot much more clear-eyed and less compromised in its view of the era than "Playboy Club" is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    Clear History purports to have a real plot. But the movie also feels at time like an extended all-star jam episode of "Curb." Those are, perhaps not coincidentally, the best, and funniest parts of Clear History.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still fun, still sweet, and still a pleasure to hear Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn and the gang voice these characters, but.... Toy Story That Time Forgot on the whole is a story that could have been told in half the time and been twice as effective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not a great show, but it's a solid one that, like the various fighters in Alvey's stable, has the potential to knock you out if it can put everything together.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    When you're smart men writing about the smartest man of all, you may feel the need to demonstrate your smarts in every possible way, with every beat of the story. But Holmes and Watson are such enduring characters, and these versions written and played so well, that they don't always require such elaborate mental gymnastics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Alan Sepinwall
    The Shannons overall are about the last reason I would recommend this show, after the cool visuals, some effective action set pieces and the expected strong supporting performance by Stephen Lang.

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