For 251 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 251
251 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Just when you worry the show is a pageant of ugly cliches about female rivalry, it gives you a poignant, nuanced scene to deepen the whole. ... Big Little Lies invests you in mysteries and the renewal and re-liberation of its women. Hopefully it can transcend to big little truths, too. [17 Feb 2017, p.50]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    If Enos and Krause can keep things fresh and frisky--and the writers can sustain the premise--The Catch could be quite fetching. [25 Apr 2016, p.57]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life feels like a summary statement about the characters and their relationship to each other, even as it ends on a note that says nothing ever ends or fully resolves, not really.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    While short of magical, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is nonetheless an enjoyable enchantment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    It vibrates with big-picture vision and has smart fun with its premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The dramedy's first season is alternately nuanced and maudlin, wise and sentimental. You can pick-pick-pick at it--too many metaphors, easy foils, and musical montages--but the whole is greater than the parts, and builds to a reflective, stirring conclusion that is mostly earned.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    This duplication of season 1’s structure includes slow-burning supporting clones Cosima and Alison and makes them relevant to Sarah’s work, but subplot is at a minimum. Cloning the past to supercharge the present? That’s very clever, Orphan Black. For now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    iZombie injects fresh life into the increasingly staid genre of supernatural TV. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.87]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The winsome, witty season 7 premiere proved anew that that unlike Eli, it doesn’t resent the challenge of proving itself; it thrives on it. Yes, the show is repeating itself. Once again with an election. Once again with launching a new practice. Once again with the Alicia/Peter happy marriage fakery. Yet there’s meaning in those narratives and repeating those narratives.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good. [24 Jan 2014, p.65]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Fortunately, you don't have to take the former SNL star too seriously to roll with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a sitcom from the producers of Parks and Recreation that smartly pokes at police-show tropes and creates a promising comedy playground where the Motherlovin' jester can cut loose.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Fresh blood and sharp ideas make for delicious, smart-pulp fangoria. [22/29 Apr 2016, p.105]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The storytelling immediately recharges the Raylan vs. Boyd conflict.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Sutherland is incredibly appealing and credible in a change-of-pace role. The supporting players are well cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Where season 1 spanned 10 years, season 2 captures Escobar's last days on the loose. Each tightly packed episode moves quickly without sacrificing richness, chronicling the uneasy alliances and gross tactics employed to Snare Escobar. [2 Sept 2016, p.48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The sophomore-season premiere shows no signs of slumping.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Dead's latest new showrunner, Scott Gimple, carefully attends to the vast supporting cast, but the premiere doesn't skimp on the splatter or tragedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The scattered storylines initially baffles, but mounting revelations and charming crazy will turn your bewildered "What the heck is going on?" into curious and invested "Where the hell is this going?" [29 Jan/5 Feb 2016, p.103]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The sharp, witty season 2 premiere has crime solving revenant Liv Moore learning to live free of self-pitying cynicism. [9 Oct 2015]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Here and now, The Blacklist is top-of-the-list escapism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Orphan Black has much on its mind, and maybe too much going on. But it knows to play to its amazing strengths--most of which are named Maslany.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Looking's naturalism, resonant sexual themes, and winsome performances lead to wise, appealing entertainment that can get even better and more real the deeper the show digs into its characters. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    It’s serious-minded sci-fi that’s stylish and strange and soulful, and only grows more rewarding over time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Quality performances and tender direction save When We Rise from perhaps its most glaring executional weakness, explain-y dialogue that’s beholden to teaching history and expressing policy debates.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Watching these two friends bond anew--and meeting a more empathetic. vulnerable Holmes--makes for warm and witty fun. [17 Jan 2014, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Patriot's quirkfest requires patience, but rewards your allegiance over time. [24 Feb/3 Mar 2017, p.91]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    A bright dumb comedy for stupid-gloomy times. [24 Feb/3 Mar 2017, p.93]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The British crime drama's second season immediately reconnects you with everything emotionally riveting about the first one, the raw performances by Olivia Coleman as Ellie Miller; the gruff turn by David Tennant as Det. Alec Hardy; an array of supporting players bringing to life a complex portrait of collective grief.... Cause for worry: the setup for the second mystery, about a case from Hardy's past, clunks. [6 Mar 2015, p.75]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 96 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The season gains more complexity and considerable power as it gains even more characters whose expressions of identity flick at other tenured and enduring American problems.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    It’s an offbeat, refreshing take on the (broken) family sitcom and deadbeat dad redemption story.

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