For 105 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 New Girl: Season 4
Lowest review score: 33 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 105
  2. Negative: 2 out of 105
105 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    McKenzie is a winning mix of cockiness and righteousness. Even better is Donal Logue as his partner, Harvey Bullock—salty, slovenly, cynical. They're a dynamic dysfunctional duo. And while Jada Pinkett Smith's underworld boss Fish Mooney is tonally wonky, she's a bawdy blast nonetheless. The mystery of the Waynes' killing and the drama of the Penguin's ascendancy seem compelling fodder for season 1.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Dig is paperback pulp: pretentious junk. Gripping, polished, pretentious junk. [6 Mar 2015, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Dome is worth lifting the lid. The premise captures the imagination, and the characters are well cast, even if they're mere archetypes out of the gate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Johnsons recalls Buffy in its wit, sharp undercurrents (dig the cheeky-deadly female deities questing to end the dominance of dunder-headed patriarchy), and endearingly lo-fi production. Caution, though: accents! [18 Jul 2014, p.60]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Like Saul himself, its identity is a work in progress. The energetic visual storytelling engages, but the deliberate pacing left me restless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Darabont geek out over the genre trappings but the pace is slow-sax sleepy and the story is L.A. Confidential-lite. [6 Dec 2013, p.74]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    It's still a bit chintzy, though--it simply can't support the scale it craves. Yet Da Vinci just might have purged enough creative demons to be, at the very least, a guilty geek pleasure. [21 Mar 2014, p.59]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    [A] solidly watchable, quickly forgettable dramatic snapshot of indelible history.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Fortunately, Family Tree doesn't need its mockumentary monkey business to be affecting; it's stuffed with poignant, diverting treasure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The slight overdose of hideousness and the faintly mocking narration by Victor Garber combine to sabotage our investment. Yet Quinto is strong, and most of the characters pique curiosity, even as they grate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    It's a Frankenstory made with borrowed bits and recycled parts that could evolve into its own vibrant creation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    A little buzzkill-condescending, but there's enough mirth to affirm the sitcom's promise. [4 Oct 2013, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The biggest disappointment about The Killing's surprising return is its strategy for cheating death: by dialing down the ambition, by becoming more conventional. Still: It's good enough. And for this show, that's a strong step in the right direction.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    If anything, you'll wish The Royals were trashier. [13 Mar 2015, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    There are some interesting ideas, like calling out Gen-Xers for romanticizing pessimism, and several well-cast, offbeat supporting characters, but Backstrom needs to find a more cohesive voice and stronger case-of-the-week plots if it wants to keep walking the prime-time beat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The polished, muscular pilot is more concept than substance. As far as movie-to-TV adaptions go, 12 Monkeys is far from Fargo, but at least it's watchable. [16 Jan 2015, p.71]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Sons of Anarchy could be the antihero drama to end all antihero dramas, but it'll have to shift into some new gears to go out in the blaze of ingloriousness it deserves.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The premise strains credulity, and the setup is convoluted. Yet the spycraft is fun, an affecting cast makes you care. [30 Jan/6 Feb 2015, p.123]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    A serial that's unpretentious, geeky fun but actually needs much more if it wants to be a never-ending Da Vinci Code. [15 Feb 2013, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The show seems to think the mere idea of highbrow symphony pros humping, toking, and generally being lowbrow is, like, irreverently hilarious! It gets stale quickly.... but the seventh episode, a minor-key Fellini homage, won me back, thanks to inspired direction from Roman Coppola and dream-logic storytelling that digs deeper into the characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Marco Polo's pilot blows. The premise is stale, a riff on the Western-white-guilt stranger-in-a-strange-land-goes-native genre.... Somewhere in the middle of episode 2, though, Marco Polo becomes surprisingly watchable. The filmmaking becomes bolder.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    If the writing can bring invention to the thriller parts and smarts to the domestic parts, and invention, Hostages could have an indefinite hold on our imagination.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The Killing shines brightest when its stars aren't mired in gloom and their characters just do their jobs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The high concept is poorly served by a conventional, lazily executed case-of-the-week structure. The show is exec-produced by Howard Gordon of 24 and Homeland fame, and if only he had brought his A game the way his star brought his, Legends could be more memorable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The sneak peak is sometimes flat and sorta dumb yet so dementedly busy-busy-busy that it's actually creepy, twisty fun. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    WGN America's first scripted drama is American Horror Story Lite, a conventional dark fantasy with an unconventional angle on history. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.101]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot sets up some promising intrigue but plays like the lowest-common-denominator version of itself: muscular action, a cutout Chinese villain, a rote twist, lots of Josh. Get smarter, please. [10 Jan 2013, p.66]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Gracepoint is good enough to keep you guessing, but not good enough to keep you from shrugging.
    • 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.

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