For 620 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 620
620 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    [Thorne's] a likable, charming actress, surrounded by a bunch of familiar, appealing performers (Cohen in particular is someone I've liked a long time, even if the business hasn't known quite what to do with him), and I think there's potential in this idea. But the execution and/or the network aren't right for the idea.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The British show accepts that this is the story of two very damaged individuals and is willing to confront that damage early and often - sometimes seriously and sometimes in black comic fashion. Whether by choice or NBC fiat, Enbom has placed these same characters into a much lighter style, and the fit doesn't work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The actual version of Unforgettable is so plodding and serious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's a potentially good supernatural cop show to be made, and certain pieces in place to make this into that. But the version you'll see on NBC tonight seems to be embracing the show's likely failure by being something few will miss if it doesn't work out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    As set up by White (and Dern, who's a producer and a contributor on the pilot script), Enlightened feels too lightweight to work as a short drama, and too clumsy in its attempts at humor to work that way.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The combination of the characters and the style made the whole shebang much easier for me to take than the movie. Still, I didn't feel any need to watch later episodes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The Firm at this point doesn't offer much on its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    My problem with the film is that it's all surface.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Even with all the changes in front of and behind the camera, Smash is fundamentally the same show with the same problems.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The Newsroom is convincing as a faux newscast. It's less convincing as good television.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not bad so much as tired: sexual tension between doctors, mysterious ailments that are diagnosed at the last possible second, even the hoary old cliché about the patient who needs life-saving surgery that their religious beliefs forbid.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Anger Management is Charlie Sheen doing what Charlie Sheen does-- on-screen. It's not artful, it's not elegant.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    For this show to work long-term, its human characters have to become richer--and funnier--so that they can evolve with the audience long post the point where the writers have run out of tricks that Crystal and her various winged or four-legged co-stars can do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Though Esposito and Burke are both excellent--and Kripke and Favreau stage a classic swashbuckling swordfight for Miles that's easily the highlight of the first hour--far too much time is spent on the boring (Charlie) or annoying (Danny) teenagers.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's no character you haven't seen before. More importantly, there's no character that hasn't been done much, much better elsewhere.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The problem is that Zero Hour is either unwilling or unable to be that crazy all the time.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters don't feel any richer here than they do on CBS' various cop shows, and the series doesn't even commit to how much it wants to keep you guessing about why the crime occurred.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Simon, Sydney and their colleagues work in a giant office that seems much too underpopulated, just as the first episode feels like a rough draft.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Gabriel's super powers are the thing meant to set the show apart, but the Intelligence writers frequently do a poor job of differentiating how he's any different from someone wearing Google Glass.... That said, Holloway's charm did not get chopped away with his long hair.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It is non-terrible, but when there is a vastly better take on the exact same idea, the only excuses for watching this one are a lack of a Netflix subscription (and you can also buy the episodes on Amazon and iTunes) or a violent medical allergy to reading subtitles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    I found the characters forgettable, and the pilot as a whole--which mostly focuses on the characters' depressing, overwhelmed everyday lives pre-jackpot, along with flashforwards suggesting what a pain the money will turn out to be--weirdly stressful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters are all broad types, the '80s references (Gobots, Sam Goody, an REO Speedwagon singalong) mostly feel shoehorned in rather than creating the feeling of the era, and the hostility of the family doesn't turn out to be great fodder for humor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    As The 100 goes along, you can feel it becoming more and more the show that Rothenberg and his writers want it to be, but it sure starts off at a great distance from from that destination. And even as it gets closer, there are still too many moments of mind-numbing illogic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's all pretty retro and forgettable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Like most of [Starz's] shows, though, it's all flash and no substance, and the flash fades pretty quickly, no doubt right around the point the production accountant realized just how much it costs to film extended sequences with ships in water.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Every beat of that material is predictable and clumsy and unfunny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Turn isn't bad, but it's also too forgettable to deserve a long look, cool credits or no.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The notion of two superficial, emotionally stunted human beings struggling with the realization that they still have feelings is by far the most interesting premise of these four shows. But Cash is significantly more appealing than Geere (in fairness, her character is a bit less horrible than his), and the overall execution falls short of the idea.... This one, at least, has the potential to be something more than it is at the moment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's as deeply cynical as its doctor anti-hero, but like Rush, it's aware of the path it's on and doesn't have the pretensions of being something it's not.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, though, Jon Benjamin Has a Van isn't the next obvious step for Benjamin conquering TV comedy. It's a misfire that mainly made me sad we won't have full new seasons of either "Archer" or "Bob's Burgers" until 2012.