Alan Sepinwall

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For 779 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Master of None: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 779
779 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    A big, colorful, messy, involving, funny explosion of a show. If it's not the best new series of the season, it's definitely the most memorable.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Last year's body count also makes some of this year's deaths feel routine; I spent a good chunk of the early episodes figuring out which characters had lived just a little too long, if you know what I mean.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    For the most part, it's an eye-opening look at the business of show, with a lot of Hollywood color throughout. [29 Nov 2001, p.57]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Nobody likes a know-it-all - especially when he starts pointing out something you could have figured out by yourself. Let's hope this unusual man gets some equally unusual puzzles in the coming weeks. [11 July 2002, p.35]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    Eli Stone, lightweight and proudly quirky.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.

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