Alan Sepinwall
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For 649 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 EZ Streets: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 649
649 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    "Extras" finally achieves the greatness expected of the Gervais/Merchant team with Season Two.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Sick, twisted and darkly funny, "Dexter" is easily the best drama in Showtime history.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best-looking pilot of the season--maybe the best new show, period--even though it may not look that good in the future.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The CW's Reaper and NBC's "Chuck," the two shows featuring the aforementioned Sam and, um, Chuck, are an unusual pairing in that they're not only both good--with ABC's "Pushing Daisies," they're the best new shows of the season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    AMC’s "Breaking Bad" [is] still the best drama you’re not watching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    There’s no performance quite on par with Damian Lewis’s star turn as the quiet, decent company leader in "Band," but the three leads all take advantage of their showcase roles to craft characters that transcend both war movie cliches and the actors’ own mixed backgrounds.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    That balance of viewpoints--positive and negative, tragic and comic--is what makes Carrier such extraordinary viewing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The darker and more complicated life gets for the Sons, the better the TV show tends to be. And based on the four episodes I've seen, Sons is still at the incredible level it achieved a year ago, when it became one of the best dramas on television.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Treme may lack the obvious narrative engine that the cops vs. drug dealers narrative gave "The Wire," but it's already a smart, engaging, moving and funny series, one that in many ways is more accessible than its predecessor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's so small and spare and simple, and yet it can be incredibly effective at what it does. Nice to have it back.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not an ambitious show. It doesn't have the historical sweep and dazzling visuals of something like HBO's upcoming "Boardwalk Empire." Yet in trying to tell good old-fashioned detective stories featuring a pair of leads I kept wanting to spend time with, it quickly joined "Boardwalk" as one of my two favorite new shows of this fall.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Thanks to the sharp writing of Warren Leight and a revelatory lead performance by obscure journeyman actor Holt McCallany, Lights Out is a reminder of why Hollywood keeps making boxing stories. Because when they're done well, they're irresistible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    The characters are so richly-drawn, and so wonderfully-played, that the exposition ultimately isn't that great a stumbling block. I wanted to know more about these characters, and within an episode or so was eager for any bit of backstory that helped better clarify all the relationships.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Darn it if Justified showrunner Graham Yost and company haven't found a way to equal--if not top--that bunch [of opponents], while at the same time building on the lessons they learned in the first season.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    In season two, the strengths of Treme remain strengths, while some of the show's weaknesses have been much improved.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    At a time when every TV comedy seems content to look and sound like every other TV comedy, any show that tries to break the mold deserves to be applauded. And a show like Sports Night that's snappy, well written, thought-provoking, and sometimes funny and moving at the same time deserves no less than a standing ovation. [22 Sept 1998, p.59]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Beavis and Butt-Head are who they've always been, for ill or (comedically) for good. I'm glad to have them back.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The season's first two episodes aren't as consistently funny as last spring's best outings, but they do a good job of showcasing both the style of Bob's Burgers and the deep roster of characters the show has already assembled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If the start of the season feels formulaic, it's a formula that's worked in the past, and one that gives very good material to key members of the ensemble.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The ideas behind most of these developments are fine, but they get thrown at the viewer so haphazardly as to require dramatic organ music when each is introduced.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's the best new comedy of the fall season, and the only new show I genuinely enjoyed from start to finish, rather than having to squint real hard and try to picture what it might look like once the producers figure out what to do with their stars.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It fits the channel's larger brand (in both comedy and drama) about men existing on the edges of acceptable human behavior.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    A winning new drama set only a few years before Don Draper would get a new secretary named Peggy Olsen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Like Rick Grimes, all I can do is focus on what lies directly in front of me, and the here and now of The Walking Dead looks very good.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    There's enough sincerity lurking convincingly beneath the snark, and Levy is so good in both aggressive and vulnerable modes, that I have faith the show will find a way to humanize Tessa's new environment while still bringing the laughs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    While Boss is a very promising drama with a great lead performance, it might be better off easing up a bit and just letting viewers appreciate Grammer's career-redefining work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The exhaustive nature of it, and the intimacy that Scorsese and his collaborators develop with both their subject and those who knew him, makes it into something more than a three-plus hour rehash of an oft-told tale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    We have two likable and funny guys and a lot of untapped material. That's an excellent start.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The series' embrace of its narrative style, its creation of such an ominous world and its skill for generating suspense practically out of thin air are all very impressive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If Killen and Gordon don't exactly maintain the quality of the pilot each week - subsequent episodes don't look as rich nor pack as big an emotional whallop - they come close enough, particularly in dealing with Britten's work and family lives.