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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 273
273 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Cliches abound, but Fugit's intriguing soulfulness compels you to watch. [3 June 2016, p.101]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A propulsive, plot-driven narrative and performances remarkable for their emotional depth and physicality keep you constantly engaged. A strong imagination for the slave experience—their ambivalence about the Revolutionary War; their attitudes about love, family, religion—yields dramatic richness and cultivates great empathy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The mix of premise restatement and story advancement is super clunky. Bigger worries: Patric's flat character and the lack of mystery and eeriness that kept you hooked last year as the story came into focus. [27 May 2016, p.54]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The storytelling juggles too many elements--the civil war movement, escalation in Vietnam, LBJ's relationship with his wife (Melissa Leo). Still, in Cranston you should trust. He mesmerizes even with a shaggy narrative. [20 May 2016, p.52]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    A dusty, ghostly imitation--theme-park TV at its most square and earnest. [6 May 2016, p.50]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Fresh blood and sharp ideas make for delicious, smart-pulp fangoria. [22/29 Apr 2016, p.105]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A clever fable of heroic renewal, The Night Manager gives us a redemptive journey into a heart of darkness and a portrait of a genre mired in shadow pining for daylight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It's the riotous rhythms and bold attitude that drive the premiere, and it's fudging hysterical. [15 Apr 2016, p.48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Interesting? Yes. But fitfully involving. The intrigues are small, slow-moving, and fuzzy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Mediocre is mediocre, whether the format is conventional or unconventional, or, like The Ranch, a measured mingling of both. But today, it’s a refreshing change of pace that offers some modest but meaningful rewards.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    With so many broken relationships and so much change, the story feels alienated from what came before. [1/8 Apr 2016, p.99]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The Path is best when it offers more than just skepticism and cynicism.
    • 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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    It wasn’t the worst possible thing it could be, but it was also far from the best.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Killing and sanctioned philandering aside, The Americans’ depiction of marriage is as profound as ever. Other developments augur more potential shift.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    This is a work in progress.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot is rushed, the direction is flat, the imagination is lacking. [11 Mar 2016, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Kevin Spacey, that wicked walking wink, remains a spellbinding hoot as Frank. But more than ever, it’s the First Lady--and Robin Wright--who rules this term. Her story resonates with issues of gender, race, and power, bringing in a trio of actresses who provide a sparky jolt.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The Family is a shallow treatment of material that deserves more maturity, more empathy, more savvy about American culture. It shows capacity for interesting ideas but has only meager, cliché imagination for them.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Jeff Jensen
    There’s a plot, but it’s basically a series of entrances, exits, and signature bits designed to elicit roars from the studio audience. Even if you share the love, it’s just bad TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    If you fall for the ambition of watching the gradual, fraught bonding of these two people, then Apatow’s tendencies work to the Love’s advantage and create form that mirrors its meaning, love as a meandering, messy process.... None of this works without great acting and chemistry, and Rust and Jacobs bring both in abundance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    A small pleasure. [19/26 Feb 2016, p.110]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Where Vinyl struggles the most is getting you invested in the characters and caring about their ambitions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    An enthralling recollection of a tragic mess with a long legacy, The People v. O.J. Simpson fits our moment like a glove.
    • 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]
    • 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.

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