Alan Sepinwall
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For 686 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 686
686 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There are moments when John Adams stirs up the passion its author clearly had for the subject -- Adams firing off a rifle in the middle of a battle at sea with a British warship, the first public reading of the Declaration, George Washington (David Morse, in the second-best piece of casting other than Giamatti) whispering his oath of office at his inauguration -- but too often it's just as muddy and dull as its subject was accused of being.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot episode definitely would have benefited from a less-is-more approach, while the series as a whole could use a little more meat and/or logic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Season five is a definite improvement on season four, but only to a point. There aren't as many different stories rattling around, but the show's still so crowded that it has to bounce from scene to scene, subplot to subplot, so quickly that very little gets a chance to breathe.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Taylor does a strong job of showcasing the show's main set, a recreation of the original Club, and several of the musical numbers (sometimes the Bunnies get to sing, and other times the show casts actors to play '60s musicians like Ike & Tina Turner) really pop. But the show's attempts at social relevance ring hollow, and the main plot leans too heavily on the wooden Cibrian.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a pretty by-the-numbers blend of teen angst and horror.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not fun enough while waiting for the explanation in the fifth and final episode I saw (there are 10 episodes altogether), and the explanation doesn't do a good enough job of justifying everything that's happened before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's no there there. Annie's missions each week are forgettable, and most seem to revolve around Annie seeming to get too personally invested, only for her instincts to be proven right over her more jaded colleagues.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Powers the show acts as if its viewers needs their hands held through an introduction to the world, and everything has to be spelled out to make sure nothing gets the slightest bit confusing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There are times when Backstrom comes very close to feeling like a functional light-hearted mystery series. But then Backstrom wanders into frame, puffing on his cigar and tossing around some creaky insult, and the fun goes away in a hurry.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The Firm at this point doesn't offer much on its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Murphy's writing has never been especially fond of subtlety - give him a fly to kill, and he'll ask for a brick of C4 - but this version of Nip/Tuck more closely resembles the show the fans fell in love with instead of the one they thought they wanted with The Carver story. [5 Sept 2006, p.27]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 51 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Turn isn't bad, but it's also too forgettable to deserve a long look, cool credits or no.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Fortunately, Ritter is such a seasoned pro at this sitcom thing that he makes "8 Simple Rules" vaguely watchable, and at times actually funny, when in lesser hands it would be thoroughly unpleasant. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The actual version of Unforgettable is so plodding and serious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    There's nothing annoying about it, but there's also nothing memorable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    They're flashy and can be briefly shocking or funny or even moving, but the more they go over-the-top, the less impact they have for me.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The Newsroom is convincing as a faux newscast. It's less convincing as good television.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    The show is trying to depict a good cross-section of the city's cop culture. But the scenes with the uniform cops - Ben McKenzie as a young quick study, Michael Cudlitz as his gruff but clever training officer - are just much more vibrant and memorable than anything with the detectives.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It isn't until the werewolf-themed fourth episode that "Dresden Files" finally gives you a trick worth applauding. Hopefully, there's more of that to come.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Even though the performances, the writing, directing, etc., are uniformly strong, The Riches is just too unpleasant to make a weekly commitment to.
    • 58 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Take away the various visual, audio and tonal flourishes that distinguished the original, and you have a bunch of familiar American actors--the cast also includes Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro and Michelle Forbes--standing around slack-jawed, demonstrating minimal curiosity over why this is happening and what it means.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It has so much going for it on paper -- notably Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing soccer mom -- but the series' creators remain so pleased with themselves that they're rarely as funny as they obviously think they are. [13 Aug 2007]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    My problem with the film is that it's all surface.
    • 63 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Every beat of that material is predictable and clumsy and unfunny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    Like "Queer as Folk," The L Word is essentially a mediocre soap opera in soft-core porno drag. There's lots of hot, sweaty, half-naked bodies, but the heads attached spend so much time droning on and on and on about their mundane lives and loves that the sex scenes just feel like an intermission in between all the tepid girl-on-girl dialogue. [16 Jan 2004, p.55]
    • Newark Star-Ledger

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