For 88 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 New Girl: Season 4
Lowest review score: 33 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 88
  2. Negative: 1 out of 88
88 tv reviews
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Gracepoint is good enough to keep you guessing, but not good enough to keep you from shrugging.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Clunky dialogue, clich├ęd 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Fleming sketches the inspirations for Bond and also indulges the criticisms of Bond (misogynistic, brutish) via his boorish creator (played by Dominic Cooper). Yet there's little depth to Cooper's rake, and the female characters are Bond-girl problematic. [31 Jan/7 Feb 2014, p.96]
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The series needs more brains--and more authenticity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The clumsy crosscutting between story lines, soapy score and romance, plus heavy-handed writing make for a clunky, sometimes silly affair.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 33 Jeff Jensen
    We resent the storytelling for not maximizing the sublime ridiculousness of a rabid zombie baby hunting the adult heroes. [12 Sep 2014, p.58]

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