Alan Sepinwall

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For 826 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 826
826 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a dumb pilot directed by "Fast & Furious" franchise caretaker Justin Lin, which means there are multiple car chases that kick ass, including one near the end that's as fun as it is completely ridiculous.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    Unfortunately, the whole is less than the sum of its comic and musical parts.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    There are occasional moments where Roadies conjures memories of Crowe at his most vibrant, and others where it's genial and pleasant enough (and far more coherent than Aloha) that I'm willing to watch in the hopes that Crowe and Holzman can recapture his '90s magic, or hers, or some amazing combination of both.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    The Path is completely serious and sterile. The three leads are very good, though.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's in no way essential, but if you like the performers involved, you will be okay if you pretend that the pilot doesn't exist.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a pretty shameless "Silence of the Lambs" rip-off--one scene in the pilot beat-for-beat copies the "quid pro quo, Clarice" scene where Lecter gets Clarice to talk about her childhood--but also a fun character for Spader to play, and the writers know what to have their leading man do and say.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a decent pilot, lacking any personality of its own at this stage, but still likely to appeal to the kind of people to which this kind of show appeals.
    • 60 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    The Get Down is a mess. At times, it's a thrilling mess, at other times a boring one, and there's just barely enough energy in the parts that work to power through the many parts that don't.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    It's an interesting, emotionally manipulative but still effective hour of television.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    I don't love the pilot, but the raw material's there for a very good comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Alan Sepinwall
    By this third season, The Newsroom is a show that's smoothed itself out, for good and for bad. The lows aren't nearly as low--Maggie, long the show's worst example of Sorkin's difficulties in writing for women, is so competent and confident this year that guys like Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) and Don (Thomas Sadoski) feel like doofuses around her--but nor are the highs especially high.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    For the most part, they're neither fish nor fowl: not gory enough for the "Saw"/"Hostel" crowd, and not genuinely scary enough for anybody else.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    There's a promising show here, and with time maybe Chaos can figure itself out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    I don't have much new to say about the third season of Jackie, because the show's strengths and weaknesses are the same as they've always been.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Easy Money was created by Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, who wrote for "The Sopranos," and the show in many ways feels like a low-budget HBO (or FX) series.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    It's fun and diverting, and certainly has the potential to be much more, based on Thomas' work on the original series--and the glimpses we see of Cannavale and Paulson in these roles. But right now, it seems less a great romance rekindled than a reunion fueled by nostalgia instead of passion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    The Sunday premiere has a nice mix of thrills, comedy and pathos, but is there a show here?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Cougar Town, on the other hand, is still finding itself, but it’s already much better than the title would suggest.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    There are a number of annoying little things, and a few big ones, sprinkled throughout these two [opening] episodes, but they get the biggest thing of all absolutely right: the Mother.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Baker has an unforced masculinity that allows him to play likable bastards like this, and with the other regular characters (played by Robin Tunney, Owain Yeoman, Tim Kang and Amanda Righetti) so far ciphers at best, he's able to carry the show by his lonesome.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Sepinwall
    Whedon is a vastly better storyteller than anyone involved in "My Own Worst Enemy," so Dollhouse can be very engaging, even if the premise doesn't make sense. Dushku isn't as versatile as the role demands--many weeks, the only difference in Echo's persona seems to be her wardrobe--but Whedon and his writers certainly are.

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