Alan Sepinwall
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For 684 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 Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 684
684 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The new edition delivers many of the same thrills and intelligent debate that made the original so exceptional. But the mere act of bringing it back creates problems the original never had to deal with.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's still not more than disposable fluff, and I expect Vince to get his stardom back by season's end, but by making his career a metaphor for what the show had become, Entourage for the first time is more entertaining than Vince's life must be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    For the seven of you who remember "Andy Richter," Better Off Ted isn't quite as good--in part because star Jay Harrington isn't as innately funny as Richter (and he's mainly used as a straight man), and also because Fresco ditched the fantasy scenes that were often the most memorable part of the earlier series--but it's still a breath of fresh air in the present stale environment for TV comedy, as well as an accidentally timely show.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    As wonderfully played by Kenneth Branagh, Wallander is a fine addition to the tradition of PBS' "Mystery!"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Chocolate News has the funny part down; now it just needs to make some fresher observations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It took me a while to overcome the "been there, analyzed that" feelings I had in the opening episodes, as Paul and his patients began the familiar dance, wherein they talk about only what they're comfortable talking about while Paul, like a good detective, tries to solve the mystery of what's really bothering them.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    With this cast, and the writing of Fresco and company, I expect Ted season two to again hit the heights of that first season. But these two episodes are a reminder of how hard it is to pull that off.
    • 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."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The jokes that do hit on "Life and Times of Tim" suggest that Dildarian might be onto something really good if given time to fix the slow spots.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    So long as Elba's on the screen, I'm interested, and even more when he and Wilson are sharing it. But ultimately, Luther turned out to be more average than I thought at first, regardless of its country of origin.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Like the movie that inspired it, Parenthood isn’t an instant classic, but it’s smart and warm and knowing, and it casts its net so wide that at least part of it should connect with you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Some episodes and moments have such undeniable dramatic power that you may weep; others may just leave you scratching your head. [9 Sept 2001, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    When Doe is just exploring the depth and breadth of his great brain - playing a virtuoso rendition of "My Funny Valentine," showing off for a crowd of library patrons - John Doe feels like a show that a lot of people may want to get to know. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole space cowboy gimmick shouldn't work, but Whedon and co-creator Tim Minear have managed to create a world where space stations and men on horseback can plausibly co-exist. Little touches like deliberately old-fashioned dialogue - one character describes the bar fight as "just an honest brawl between folk" - help immensely. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    So, to sum up: decadent and adult, but too entertaining to be this week's harbinger of the apocalypse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It’s a solid meat-and-potatoes family comedy; next to "Hank," it’s the next "Malcolm in the Middle."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a good cast, and Porter in particular works very well with Bilson. The show just needs to find a way to transcend both formula and Southern stereotypes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    What you have is a comedy with three very talented, funny leads, with a premise that lends itself well to stories and jokes, and execution that isn't quite there yet.

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