Alan Sepinwall
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For 639 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 639
639 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Alan Sepinwall
    It's all fairly disposable, though at least the show lets Gruffudd use his native accent, and he has an interesting relationship with Judd Hirsch's Abe, the one man who knows his secret.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    On top of having a dated premise, it just feels tired.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Barring a significant step up in quality--or at least the self-awareness to stop taking its silly plot and characters so seriously--those people [Gen X'ers who loved "Buffy"] will only be watching out of loyalty to a part that Gellar played a long time ago, on two different networks that no longer exist, and not because she's presently doing work that merits that kind of devotion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Although there aren't any Carrie Bradshaw-esque puns on this show, nor ethnic stereotypes, the comedy feels more frantic and desperate.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    At this stage, Man Up! (which was actually created by co-star Chris Moynihan) is a show with forgettable characters, jokes that don't land and a shaky grasp at best on its own premise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Beyond the problems of time and memory, there's the way that Innocent feels trashy, overwrought and disposable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    When you spend all your time and energy explaining how the trick works, there's precious little left to entertain the audience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It's just a collection of creepy imagery, lots of screaming and the occasional musical number for Anika Noni Rose.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    It's lame and tin-eared.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    As a narrative achievement, though, Magic City is a mess, filled with paper-thin characters and clich├ęd dialogue and storylines. If not for the appealing lead performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike, large stretches of the series would be unwatchable, even with all the lovely visuals.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Even with the couples counseling gimmick, Common Law is ultimately too much like every other traditional cop show you've ever seen, even as it's also too much like every other USA show you've ever seen.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    None of Men at Work is funny, but the greater sin is how uninspired it feels.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    The execution in this case is too shrill and scattered to get any of his points--or jokes--across.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Adult life may be like high school some of the time, but it isn't all of the time--and a show suggesting that it is becomes just as difficult to endure as some of the worse memories of high school itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Ultimately, it's the exact same tedious show they've been making, under one name or another, for years now.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Williamson may have put thought into what this show is about, but what comes across on screen is an empty exercise in fetishizing the charismatic evil of serial killers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    There are just a lot of crazy, crazy ideas hurled out there with no real thought given to pace or tone or how to mesh them all together.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Based on the pilot (which, again, may not represent what the show looked like once Hunt took over), it's an unpleasant series full of hostile caricatures in need of fixing by Beth's heaven-sent advice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    There's potentially a very interesting show about cops from different cultures, with different methods of policing, learning to work together. Based on the pilot, at least, Crossing Lines just treats all that as window dressing for the same old, same old.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    With the other Sundance series, very little may be happening in any given stretch, and yet they're so overflowing with emotion that it feels like everything is happening. Here, there are actual significant events (multiple robberies, a hit-and-run, various beatings) quite often, and yet it feels like nothing's happening.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Alan Sepinwall
    Its hero is so obnoxiously awesome and self-righteous that I could only make it through half of the whopping eight episodes NBC sent out for review.