Alan Sepinwall
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For 625 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Behind the Candelabra: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 625
625 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    There's lots of snarling, lots of talk about what men are willing to do to protect or hurt one another, and yet in the early going it feels empty, like a joke being retold by someone who can't remember exactly how the guy he heard it from delivered it. The performances are terrific, though (James especially), and Dickerson shoots the Detroit locations in a fashion that captures both the beauty of the architecture and the absolute bleakness of the setting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    The first pilot was already emblematic of the struggle to do cable-style weirdness and moral ambiguity in a broadcast network context; the new pilot sands off several of the edges that survived the first time.... It is, essentially, "House, JD," and Kinnear has the impish charm to play this kind of character.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    I don't love the pilot, but the raw material's there for a very good comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It is aware of just how ridiculous it is, and it tries to cram in as many wacky ideas as can fit into the opening hour without falling into complete camp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    CuarĂ³n's contributions behind the camera are by far the most interesting part of Believe.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Doherty and Milano, together with some silly dialogue and plots, promise some good campy fun. The problems come whenever their third sibling, played by Holly Marie Combs ("Picket Fences"), is on screen. You see, Combs can actually act, and whenever she starts to emote, she gives the trashy proceedings a bit more reality than they can handle. [7 Oct 1998, p.39]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    In the early episodes, the cases are knotty and compelling... and Kelley comes up with some intriguing legal strategies ... But as the weeks go by, those wacky subplots start cropping up again. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Magnificent Seve" can't hold a candle to its cinematic predecessor, or to most of the old TV classics like Gunsmoke. But in a world where all the cowboys rode off into the sunset decades ago, we'll take a watered-down Western just fine, ma'am. [3 Jan 1998]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    For now, at least, the satirical elements aren't as sharp as other popular cartoons like "The Simpsons" or "King of the Hill" or even "Beavis & Butt-Head." [13 Aug 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    In an episode like next week's, in which Allison spots the ghost of a recently deceased man watching a murder, the twistiness works; in one like tonight's, featuring a complicated web of affairs, betrayals and possible reincarnations, things become so tangled that the story and Arquette can't keep up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The performances by the three lead actresses (and by Amanda Seyfried as Paxton and Tripplehorn's eldest daughter) are so strong, and the nuances of life in such a complicated relationship so endlessly fascinating, that I'll suffer through the rest for a few episodes at a time before Bill's unsettling stare or Roman's calm, criminal sense of entitlement chases me off again.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The larger problem may be whether there's enough material to cover an entire season.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    What you do after surviving the end of the world as you know it is an intriguing premise, and when "Jericho" sticks close to that, it's one of this season's more promising new dramas.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    If the "Shark" writers feel the need to, in the very first episode, soften their hero in a way the "House" writers haven't had to do in two-plus seasons, how warm and fuzzy will the character be by November sweeps, let alone the end of the season?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    A schizophrenic pilot that's more interesting in parts than as a whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Last fall, "Studio 60" would have easily been the best new drama; this fall, it's lucky to squeeze into the top five, and a lot of that is based on potential more than what's on screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    "Write what you know" is a cardinal rule of writing, and Fey certainly knows this world better than Sorkin -- even if "The Girlie Show" is lame, I believe it exists in a way I don't with "Studio 60" -- but the history of failed behind-the-scenes sitcoms and dramas is so long and ugly that she would have been better served using a different setting altogether.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It feels, at times, like the episodes are trying too hard to be self-referential, with lots of jokes at the expense of NBC and General Electric, and with Baldwin seeming to address the audience directly at the start of the premiere.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Like all the Bruckheimer procedurals... you know what you're getting from the jump: solid but unspectacular acting and storytelling that will leave you satisfied without rocking your world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Damages offers two superb performances by old pros Glenn Close and Ted Danson.... One thing it doesn't have: a compelling main character. It's a doughnut show: lots of sweet, satisfying goodness around the edges, nothing in the middle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Toward the end of the second episode, two characters who have no business acting chummy with each other get in the back of a car together and do exactly that. And rather than make me eager to pop in my screener of the third episode (which I did, eventually), it just killed all the buzz I had built up to that point.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The Sunday premiere has a nice mix of thrills, comedy and pathos, but is there a show here?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    One of the better -- if stranger -- comedy debuts the networks have put out this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    A show with such a weird mix of tones and subject matters needs a strong cast to even have a hope of working, and for the most part, the ensemble remains sturdy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Margulies is a potent enough screen presence that this part of the show could be interesting, but Canterbury's self-destructive streak gets overshadowed by all the Leg Show material and the overheated courtroom theatrics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles happens to contain that show's most interesting character. It just ain't Sarah Connor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The guys are so polite and harmless that it's hard to dislike them even when they repeat themselves in such a short span.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Lewis is a strong enough actor (again, see "Band of Brothers") that there are moments where he pulls together all these tics into a character who could be interesting, but too much time gets wasted on pedestrian mysteries to give him room to work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    So long as Lewis is around, Life will be several steps above those cookie-cutter police procedurals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The pieces shouldn't fit together--Earl's celestial presence with Grace's raging sex life, discussions of metaphysics with police procedural plots--but somehow they do.