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 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 779
779 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite some incredibly funny set pieces--almost all of them involving two or more of the original characters interacting in ways we instantly understand (like Buster helping Lucille deal with the conditions of her house arrest). The new season doesn't really work as its own thing, but as a prologue for this movie that no one in the industry has shown the slightest inclination towards making.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    [Feldman and Milioti are] bright and appealing, whether together or separately, but they can only do so much to ground the very lightweight and gimmicky show "A to Z" aspires to be.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Four hours is brief enough that the joy of seeing Elba back on TV outweighs the silliness of Luther as a whole.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Cuarón's contributions behind the camera are by far the most interesting part of Believe.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Good as Coupe is, the rest of the ensemble needs to come into sharper focus in a hurry for most of the comedy to work. But she's a strong foundational piece.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    For now, the new show seems more style over substance, parking a lot of actors I like in an attractive location and not giving most of them material that's up to their talents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    The lead performances, and the way that relationship is written, are all excellent enough to stick around a little while longer in the hopes that Bates Motel as a whole becomes something more interesting. But a lot of that may also depend on what exactly Cuse and Ehrin want Norman Bates to turn into, and how quickly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    These are all excellent actors, most of them trying to push themselves out of their comfort zone in the same way McConaughey and Harrelson did, but with more mixed results.... The second season has [Pizzolatto] at times contorting himself into doing things that don't play as well to his strengths, and at others cranking up his specialties.
    • 70 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's sweet in spots (mainly in scenes involving Miller's ex-con man-child trying to reconnect with his daughter), and the idea has potential, even though this is a premise pilot that has to spend so much time introducing the siblings and the competition that none of it's fully realized.
    • 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."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a promising framework for a series, and the first two episodes of Copper work in fits and starts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Created by Adi Hasak, with the first two episodes directed by Barry Levinson (whose previous NBC cop show, "Homicide," helped inspire the likes of "The Wire" and "The Shield"), is competent but uninspired, and often more concerned with flattering its glamorous star than telling the best possible version of this story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Every now and then, there will be a great moment, like the aforementioned Punisher monologue, or Henson's Foggy calming down a violent situation, but on the whole it's too unfocused to entirely work, and has to lean even more than before on the inherent charisma of its actors.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    As great as both McDormand and Jenkins are in the lead roles (both are early Emmy frontrunners), their story ultimately feels too repetitive--the miniseries plays as a collection of anecdotes designed to make the same point over and over and over again--to justify the running time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Like many a new comedy--and new presidential administration--it needs a little time to get settled in before we can expect it to really make its mark.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's successful enough at achieving its own more modest goals.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    If Fear is a project with some noble intentions, it has uneven execution, with the prequel nature of it hurting as much as helping.
    • 60 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    There's the structure for a sturdy but unremarkable supernatural procedural (and companion piece to "Grimm"), but in the pilot, at least, producers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone aren't aiming for much more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's aiming for something big, and while these three episodes give me no idea if they can ultimately hit the mark, they're also more interesting than they have any right to be considering how incoherent so much of it is.
    • 46 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    In the moments when Annalise is plotting strategy with her underlings, or pulling one shady trick after another in open court, are a treat because Davis is there to carry it all.... The [other] characters involved are so much less compelling than Annalise that it feels like a magic trick gone awry.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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