Alan Sepinwall
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For 645 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 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 645
645 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Nikita is good, but it's not transcendent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    There are so many lies in so many places, so many people on the verge of finding out and/or being hurt, that it feels like Lone Star might become very frustrating and repetitive by episode 3 or 4. I would watch a movie version of Lone Star, and I will stick with the series hoping it proves me wrong, but it doesn't feel like this premise has legs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    I was encouraged that the character-driven third episode was stronger than the zombie action-heavy second, and perhaps the producers will be proven right--that the longer this saga goes on past these initial six episodes, the more it will set itself apart from the zombie canon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    The show is less profound and novel than it seems to think it is. But the performances are strong enough that I want to stick around for Cathy Jamison's final journey, even if the path feels particularly well-trod.
    • Hitfix
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Human Target is still Human Target. If you enjoyed the show last year, you will now. If, like me, you were hoping for something just a little bit deeper, you might need to wait a while to see.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Body of Proof is, in other words, a mash-up of half the popular mystery series on TV right now: a little bit "Castle," a little bit "Bones" and a whole lot "House." How effective you find it depends almost entirely on how you feel about Delany.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, a solid but not riveting premiere. No goosebumps ala Eric in the halftime locker room last year, but as always, it's good to be back in Dillon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    So the atmosphere and central performances feel worthy of telling one story over 13 hours. My concern is whether the story can say the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Peter and Neal now have very good reason to be wary of each other, and that not only suggests good things in the future but spices up all of their interactions while they work their latest case. It's a vast improvement, and a welcome example of a show eventually finding itself by eliminating outside distractions and focusing as much as possible on the core concept.
    • 64 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    It's definitely not sunshine and lollipops, but series creator David Hollander manages to push the right emotional buttons. [25 Sept 2001, p.33]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, I was more drawn in by the team's interactions than I was by either aspect of the plot, but that's probably better for the show's long-term viability.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It aims high, and wide, and near and far, and if it doesn't hit all of its many targets, it hits several. And that's probably enough to justify the time and expense everyone put into bringing Torchwood more firmly onto American soil.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    "WWII in HD" at times felt like a rough outline of what an actual history of the war would look like, but it had all that amazing, horrifying imagery to compensate. The Vietnam in HD footage is no less incredible and/or dismaying, but it's also much more familiar.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's an interesting, emotionally manipulative but still effective hour of television.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's successful enough at achieving its own more modest goals.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    There's enough involving the main characters that I'm willing to stick around for a bit to let the rest of House of Lies find itself.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    The toughest part of most new series is coming up with characters that the viewer will want to watch for weeks, if not years, on end, and they've already licked that part of it. We'll see if the rest follows.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Some of it works, while other pieces either need to be dropped or improved going forward. Fortunately, there's a solid foundation in Walker and Ritter as the uneasy roommates.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    If you view it as, say, a USA show with less humor but much higher production values, with attractive people having adventures you can enjoy while doing the laundry or sorting through junk mail, it'll do the job for now.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a primetime soap, but one that's genuinely more interested in what the characters want to do for a living than in who they're sleeping with.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    I'd like to see the mysteries grow more engaging as the series moves along, but Longmire at least starts with a good foundation in Walt, his sidekicks, and the wide, open spaces they travel.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    There's enough in this first episode to bring me back for more, but a lot of potential trouble signs along the way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a promising framework for a series, and the first two episodes of Copper work in fits and starts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It feels like Port, Guarascio and the other writers decided to reverse-engineer the Harmon version of Community, but couldn’t quite manage without the missing ingredient of Harmon himself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Throughout the one-hour Mockingbird Lane pilot, it's easy to see why NBC wanted Fuller (with help from director Bryan Singer) to tackle this material, just as it's easy to see why his take scared them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    There's a likability to it that occasionally reminded me of another one-hour comedy that loved music, NBC's "Ed," and the varied nature of the parties the guys play evokes Starz's late, lamented "Party Down."