Alan Sepinwall

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For 844 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 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 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 844
844 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Sepinwall
    All these different time periods and tones don't always fit together comfortably, and the four episodes Netflix made available for review are trying so many different things each time out that some feel like they're from entirely different series. ... But when Lady Dynamite hits on the right absurd note, it is spectacularly funny and feels original and vibrant.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It has solid craftsmanship, and a collection of excellent actors, even if they're not always used to their best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    The raw material's there; the show just needs more time in the lab to hopefully get it right.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    An extremely straightforward mob saga, filled with moves, countermoves, and frequent bursts of violence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    In a way, all Guggenheim needs to accomplish in the pilot is to put Sutherland behind the desk in the Oval Office, and he does that. But Designated Survivor feels like it could be a whole lot more than that, perhaps if it started trying to do a bit less overall.
    • 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."

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