For 273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 273
273 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jeff Jensen
    Wilmore had a few bugs in his performance on opening night: He was a little too giggly, and a few times he spokesofast it turned his lines into what-did-he-say? mush. That said, his clear excitement for this opportunity was endearing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The story is sweaty with provocative, post--al-Qaeda, post-Snowden security anxieties--drone warfare, abused surveillance, and secrecy--but the treatment so far is superficial and sensationalistic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    There's some interesting cheek to the pilot, particularly the villain, but rote directing and too-serious acting muffle the fun. [14 Mar 2014]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Divorce makes you feel almost nothing. It’s a shallow bore, and not even the flailing efforts of its stars make it interesting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    You don’t buy her boundary-crossing romance with Billy, because Heigl and the writing can’t you make you believe she’d ever be flawed enough to do that. You simply don’t doubt her enough for Doubt to work as well as it should.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Of Kings and Prophets is too worldly and iconoclastic for the faith crowd, not worldly and iconoclastic enough for everyone else. There’s some impressive sword and sandal spectacle--there’s a creative, gruesome treatment of David’s clash with Goliath--but it’s mostly dingily lit chamber drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The conventional crime-time format incinerates everything strange and spirited about the concept, and Lucifer’s cop partner (Lauren German)--the female wet blanket to his male rogue--is a trope that needs to go to hell.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The incessant fighting overwhelms anything interesting.... Things improve in week 2. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Rupert Wyatt’s direction is solid, but he’s too beholden to the visual grammar of his inspiration, and the familiarity dilutes the fear factor. It looks frightening, but it doesn’t chill--the images are cliché, the jump scares barely provoke a jitter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    11.22.63 reaches some thoughtful, moving conclusions, but oh, what coulda been with a more engaged star. If only there were a time machine to fix that mistake.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Save Me really wants to be is a sly, prickly black comedy, not the broad, feel-good yukker that it tries to be for most of the pilot--an approach that actually yields few laughs. [24 May 2013, p.77]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Like a lot of startups in their early days, Superstore launches as a buggy enterprise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The droll Dhavernas is good enough, but Mary Kills People needs to be sharper and bolder to really slay. [21 Apr 2017, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships, and an escapist action-flick aesthetic combine to subvert the ambition for gritty realism. It requires stronger vision and voice, as well as more distance; it can't decide whether to be likable or prickly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    It's a brazenly cloned Children of Men, raised dull. [18 Jul 2014, p.61]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The performances are fine, but the poorly mixed tone, cliche strategies for complex characterization (grief, addiction, obsession), and zesty conflict (psycho mobsters, corrupt cops) make for a flavorless dish. [3 Jun 2016, p.102]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Little effort is on display, from the barely credible period production to Bisson's bare-bones performance. Still, his charisma holds your attention.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Everything intriguing is nearly squandered by poor casting and clunky scripting. Still, I suspect the first night's climactic reveal, while clumsily foreshadowed, will make you return for the second.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Beyond the rockin’ soundtrack, the flat storytelling has no pop.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Someone put this baby in a corner and teach it to be smarter, fresher, and funnier. [4 Oct 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    With so much hammy and hollow hideousness running wild, Gotham needs its heroes to provide some grounding and winsome humanity. But the fixation with villainy--with anti-heroic postures--extends to them, as well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Weird Loners wants to be a cheeky howl on behalf of the unloved, but it does little to elicit sympathy or laughter from its familiar, humorless, formulations of weirdness and lonesomeness. [3 Apr 2015, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    I wish the storytelling was ambitious as the concept. The aesthetic is too conventional, the grit not gritty enough. The action is rote, and the depravity ranges from sick to shruggy. The acting needs to go next level, too.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Director Tarsem Singh produces dazzling visuals and an invigorating weirdness in all 10 eps. But the storytelling is too disjointed and the drama is too symbolic. The performances range from spirited to adequate to Dorothy. [30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017, p.108]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    A fine cast, but the generic characters and shock-lite scares don't impress. [23 Jun 2017, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    The well is tainted; the magic, gone for me. I'm putting away the anti-childish ting that is The Magicians. [27 Jan 2017, p.52]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Gothic is either afraid of being too gothic or just doesn't know what gothic is. [24 Jun 2016, p.53]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Goddard, DeKnight, and D’Onofrio are gone, and so is the spark. Season 2--overseen by exec producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who both wrote on season 1--is a straight-up disappointment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Alas, the show's sophomore season--which tracks the consequences of McAvoy's and his team's interconnected, uncorrected blunders--hits the ground slumping in its first four episodes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    You’ve seen it all before on Limitless.

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