Alan Sepinwall

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For 877 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Better Things: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 877
877 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Mr. Robot is compulsively watchable and interesting. It's a reminder that even the most well-worn cliches can still work with the right execution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    I'll confess to losing the thread of the plot a time or three over the five hours I watched (the show debuts with the first two hours; there are a dozen in total), yet the location and the sense of unease that came with it kept pulling me along.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The first two episodes of the new season don't suggest a huge creative leap--Carmichael is still finding his way as an actor, for instance, though the creative team recognizes that he's best used to say incendiary things that his co-stars can react to-but even if it never improves from its original baseline, it's funny and well-crafted enough to be worth watching for more than just its ambitions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It is snappy, and funny enough when it needs to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue.
    • 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
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    In many of its moments, it's wonderful, but it suffers from the narrative sag common not only to the previous Netflix/Marvel team-ups, but most of Netflix's attempts at the "our season is really a 13-hour movie" model. ... Still, Mike Colter is every bit the charismatic hero promised by his Jessica Jones appearances.
    • 71 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    With season 2, everything feels much more in balance, and much more confidently its own thing, rather than a tentative adaptation figuring itself out through trial and error.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Origins is the more psychologically complex show, and feels slightly more realistic, even though Porter escapes certain death on numerous occasions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Girls continues to mine comedy out of the vast gulf between its characters aspirations and their reality.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    The repetitive nature of the guys' dilemma--it's essentially "Gilligan's Island" as serialized cable drama--becomes even harder to ignore when watched all in a row.... Yet for all this, it's never boring. The four leads have terrific chemistry, and play the roles with energy that belie their characters' suburban complacency. And the show continually throws interesting guest actors at them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    This is all one big story, but each episode builds to an interesting climax that drives the story forward, and there's not the usual sag you get with a lot of the serialized Amazon and Netflix dramas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Alan Sepinwall
    Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.

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