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 The Americans: Season 4
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 273
273 tv reviews
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    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    You wish The 100 had budget, time and talent to produce grander verisimilitude. Still, the vision shines through, and the cast works hard to serve increasingly complex characters and relationships.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The production values are alternatively spectacular and chintzy, the tone is wildly eclectic, the time-travel logic is whatever.... Still, the charming cast and some poignant, surprising turns hooked me. [22 Jan 2016, p.62]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    A series of thoughtful, funny personal investigations into such topics as marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs. [22 Jan 2016, p.67]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A riveting existential mystery. [22 Jan 2016, p.66]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    As is always the case in this dense and sprawling enterprise, the results vary from scene to scene, by turns wise and sentimental, condescending and hilarious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot is an effective introductory chapter to a story that speaks to a moment cluttered with both escapist fantasy and neo-gothic gloominess. It’s Harry Potter, distressed with a Heavy Metal acid bath.... The world and perspective of The Magicians is more immediately interesting than the characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Murray decides to improvise a boozy party for stranded hotel guests and workers. It’s here, after a sputtery start, that the irony thaws and a warm, lovely spirit takes hold.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Like a lot of startups in their early days, Superstore launches as a buggy enterprise.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    [An] edgy gem. [13 Nov 2015, p.55]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    It’s a powerful expression of his [Aziz Ansari's] perspective and range--and one of 2015’s best shows.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 16 Jeff Jensen
    It's a profoundly unnecessary, formally cloddish collection of grating cop-show cliches, antiseptically scuzzy nihilism, and just stupid, stupid stupidity, wrapped in cheap, loud nostalgia for the L.A. of the hair-metal '80s. [30 Oct 2015, p.58]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    It works cleverly within a borrowed premise and restrictive parameters to create allegory, but the premise and parameters also work against the allegory, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    CSI'S William Petersen is the new military honcho. He's crisp, commanding, a bit bland, but effective--just like the premiere. [16 Oct 2015]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Hotel is a lavishly produced, energetically made copy of a copy of so many things, all at once, including itself. The shock is gone, the pop is fading, and all that’s left is gaga. Is that enough for you? Then there’s a room for you at the Hotel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The whole season promises to be about head-spinning paradox, as exec producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and their writers are boldly venturing into multiverse territory.
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    • 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]
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The 31-year-old comedian from South Africa was confident and charismatic and full of joy for the job. He went down easy, and not just because he’s one handsome, telegenic man.... His jokes, while energetically performed, lacked POV and veered toward irreverence for irreverence’s sake, most notably, the crack about the size of the pope’s penis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The two-hour premiere moves with enough verve and vigor that it got me hoping that the show, despite its flaws, can be as engrossing as its first season. But the second week outing is a clunker that left me convinced that Heroes is more likely to squander my interest all over again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The second season of the sensation that conquered television--and proved the commercial power of diversity—opens with a premiere popping with knowing provocation and outrageousness.... The next two episodes are less raucous--and less inspired.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    You’ve seen it all before on Limitless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The Muppets does nothing fresh with the [mockumentary] form. If anything, the show effectively demonstrates how contrived it’s always been and how stale it’s become.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Jeff Jensen
    The premiere was stiff, impersonal, and sloppy.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    You’re the Worst remains an irreverent yet surprisingly poignant riot, but season 2 has some adjustments to make to be the best it can be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    It’s clear Watkins has ideas to spare, but he struggles to make meaningful drama with them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Exceptionally clever, cunning satire. [21/28 Aug 2015, p.95]

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