Alan Sepinwall
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For 628 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 In the Motherhood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 628
628 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It is snappy, and funny enough when it needs to be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The ensemble works incredibly well together--in marked contrast to Selina's dysfunction, competitive staff--and there's a briskness and intelligence to the whole shebang.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    [Deb's new] knowledge, and the way it alters Dexter and Deb's relationship, shakes the series out of the doldrums it's been in for several years now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If it were just a collection of well-choreographed explosions and gunfire, it would still be an entertaining watch. But there's a genuine effort made to show the impact of all this mayhem on both the men perpetuating it and the people who are witnesses and/or victims to it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Last Resort pilot episode is far and away the best I watched for this fall season. There are some bumps in the next two episodes, but also some very promising signs that, coupled with the talent involved, has me wanting to believe there is a great series here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The actors all get their moments to shine, even if their stories don't always feel attached to one another
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Overall, The Mindy Project is a comedy that arrives knowing what it wants to be and what kinds of stories and jokes it wants to tell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Walking Dead is excellent with action, with suspense, and with atmosphere, and these early episodes have all three in spades.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Game of Thrones remains a very entertaining series set in a very rich world. But the longer it’s on, the more it feels like Benioff and Weiss are only scratching the surface of that world--even if that may be the only way to coherently explore it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If Crossfire Hurricane doesn't offer much that's new, or tell a spellbinding story along the way, it still vividly captures how they became legends in the first place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a very promising start, at a minimum. The distribution model for House of Cards may be looking to reinvent how we watch TV, but the show itself feels very much of a piece with what we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a charming series that feels like it has a lot of potential for growth, and not just because its main character has nowhere to go but up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    As original series debuts go, it’s no “Oz” or “The Shield,” but it does the job it sets out to do in entertaining fashion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Tom Chadwick is a man with a fixation that’s both reasonable and relatable, and he becomes our tour guide to the familiar, funny Christopher Guest worldview.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With these characters, with this fascinating, complicated place--and one that's at the forefront of so much of what we're talking about in real world politics--and the sense of atmosphere instilled by directors like Gerardo Naranjo, The Bridge is off to such an outstanding start that I can't wait to see what this creative team does not only with the rest of the serial killer story, but well beyond it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It evokes "Oz" in a very, very good way: it doesn't feel quite like anything that's been put on television (if we're still calling Netflix "television") before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The chemistry between Winchester and Stapleton is a treat, the action scenes remain brutal and thrilling and fun, and the show transcends simple guilty pleasure status by paying enough attention to the emotional toll this kind of work takes on the people who do it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With its huge cast (the new season also adds Ron Livingston as a businessman who romances Gretchen Mol’s Gillian) and sprawling world, Boardwalk Empire could suffer from that desire for more than plenty. Inevitably, though, it reveals itself as a show with a firm grasp on all these disparate people and places, and a clear sense of how to fit them all together.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It gets a lot of laughs out of life in the military while still demonstrating respect for the military and its soldiers, and genuine affection for its characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a simple idea, and the supporting characters on both floors are fairly broad and familiar types, but the execution is good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    I expected to be tired of the joke behind The Wrong Mans within an episode or two. Instead, I found myself engrossed enough in the story of who wanted Sam dead at any particular moment, and why, to keep watching until I made it all the way to the end and could appreciate just how well Baynton, Corden and company stuck the landing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    A half a loaf is better than none at all. When it's baked by David Simon, Eric Overmyer and George Pelecanos, it's better than most people's full loaf.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Patrick is the only one of the three leads to come entirely into focus over these early episodes.... But there's some excellent raw material in here, even if at times I found myself admiring Looking more than I was liking it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and the rest of the cast remain, like the show, better than the material probably needs to be a commercial success, and thus strong enough that Vikings remains a genuine pleasure rather than a guilty one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    This is a good, solid show that understands its strengths and keeps playing to them in season 2.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a show with a much stronger command of its subject matter and awareness of its own strengths and weaknesses--even as The Bridge still seems to be stuck in that nebulous border region separating the pretty good from the genuinely great.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The Strain is packed with so much macabre imagery and so many clever ideas that it doesn't feel like the resuscitation of a tired genre, but the launch of something new and fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Outlander is by far the best of these Starz costume dramas I've seen. It knows the stories it wants to tell and the strongest way to tell them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If the show takes a while to warm up--and seems to hit certain character beats, like Thack's cocaine addiction, or his feelings towards rookie nurse Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson), over and over again--it builds in the way you would hope a modern cable drama season would, and many of the repetitive earlier scenes wind up laying a foundation for major shifts in the season's second half.