For 241 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 73
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: 9 out of 241
241 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    A surfboard Sons of Anarchy adapted from an acclaimed 2010 Aussie flick, Animal Kingdom lives at the intersection of Polished Cable Pulp and Who Cares? The performances are good enough to enliven the antihero familiarity.
    • 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
    A series of thoughtful, funny personal investigations into such topics as marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs. [22 Jan 2016, p.67]
    • 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
    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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    While always winning, Take My Wife is zestier when Rhea and Cameron are just living, not making points. [12 Aug 2016, p.55]n
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Match Game’s brand is loony lewdness, and there is something admirable about the liberated way the revival practices it. It’s equal opportunity lewdness; everyone one the show, straight or gay, can be as blue as they wanna be. I like how Baldwin flirts, or pretends to flirt, with female and male celebrity panelists.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Ultimately, Homeland‘s first two episodes do enough to earn your interest. But it feels a lot like Quinn: haunted by the past, disoriented in the present, and perhaps incapable of moving into the future.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Clumsy writing and poor pacing get in the way of an inherently compelling origin story that involves everything from bad managers to backstage gunplay. On the plus side, the two sets of actors playing New Edition as kids and adults--including Empire‘s Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael Bivins--are charming and fully capable of fancy footwork and smooth vocals.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Bunbury is breakout great and Gosselaar is something of a revelation. ... The storytelling relies too much on real-world sportscasters to narrate and debate the action. Their dialogue is canned and their performances are stiff, undermining the pursuit of authenticity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Where Vinyl struggles the most is getting you invested in the characters and caring about their ambitions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The Killing shines brightest when its stars aren't mired in gloom and their characters just do their jobs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Some beats are poignant.... But there's nothing here that Blade Runner; I, Robot; Black Mirror; and many more haven't done before and done better. [26 Jun 2015, p.56]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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