Alan Sepinwall

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For 826 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 826
826 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Sepinwall
    Fresh, sharp and screamingly funny. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 85 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The three episodes FOX sent to critics are impressively well-balanced, not to mention coherent by Empire "standards."
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    UnReal is simultaneously a very dark satire of reality TV and a soap opera that breathes new life into old tropes by placing them in this very familiar, modern setting. The story of the making of a show like this is ultimately far more exciting than the shows themselves seem to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole story comes nicely full-circle by the end, and all the hijinks and heartbreak are accompanied by a fine soundtrack of '80s tunes that haven't been overplayed in other period movies. It's fun (if only occasionally of the laugh out loud variety).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    They're solid additions to the brand, very entertaining and well worth your time if, like me, you're a fan of sports documentaries and appreciate that ESPN's approach with this series creates a string of idiosyncratic, original films.
    • 91 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not wildly funny in the early going, but there's a sense of confidence in the material, the tone and the world, and the creative team doesn't ask you to buy into things that aren't necessary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It was addictive then, and it's addictive now.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    If I began watching Better Call Saul! as a skeptic, the first three episodes have mostly made me a believer. There are nods to the parent show--and those are among the more emotionally affecting parts of this young series--but Saul quickly learns to function as its own thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Apatow, Arfin, and Rust do a nice job of balancing the relationship, and of exploiting the abundant chemistry between Rust and Jacobs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Sometimes, everything's within your grasp, while at other moments one or more things start to slip too far away. But I always applaud the effort, and most of the time the results.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Atwell is so good, and the show has so much fun with the period setting, that it's a really promising start for Agent Carter.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Its deviations from the record have to be compelling or illuminating enough to be worth it. Last year, they rarely were; so far this year, they are.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Over the course of the eight hours, the story and characters take on enough life of their own so that the references don't feel self-indulgent, and so that the series can be appreciated even if you don't know the plot of E.T. or the title font of Stephen King's early novels (a huge influence on the show's own opening credits) by heart.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.

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