For 85 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 33 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 85
  2. Negative: 1 out of 85
85 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Slowly, a smartly constructed epic is taking shape.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Each season of this anthology drama tells a new story with a new cast, but McConaughey and Harrelson are so good, you immediately begin grieving the prospect of getting only eight episodes with them. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    You won't want to watch this, Yes, it will wreck you. But you'll be grateful you let it. [8 Nov 2013, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Hannibal captures your imagination with the prospect of Graham using his imagination to figure a way out. [28 Feb 2014, p.65]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It sounds heavy, yet the premiere is as buoyant as it is deep, light as it is layered. It is many things at once, including absolutely fantastic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A sprawl of engrossing setup. [4 Apr 2014, p.61]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    It's an engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Neither fully a comedy nor a drama, Transparent is simply transcendent. [19/26 Sep 2014, p.123]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Hannibal takes our own fixation on psycho-pop and serves it back to us in a dish full of flavor. Bon appétit, horror freaks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Season 2 is just as brainy and twisty and kinky [as season 1], and it ratchets up the suspense by making the threats to our "heroes" even more personal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Cosmos captures the imagination anew by celebrating imagination itself as an essential tool for a deeper, more truthful understanding of life. [7 Mar 2014, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Gritty-smart horror that nicely complements BBC America's sci-fi sensation Orphan Black. [9 May 2014, p.57]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    A megawatt start to a show crackling with megaton ambition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    What makes it just plain good is the escapist fun of a romance told uncommonly well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    MasterChef Junior exults in the joy of cooking, the joy of childhood, and the joy of treating people decently.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The Game is next-level entertainment, courtesy of smart scripts and a cast of finely drawn characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The individual alien races aren't all that fresh. Yet I am engaged by the show's lively metaphor for a polyglot culture fractured by tribalism and Otherness, for a world that can easily put aside past pain and present differences to tackle a common threat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Line for outrageous line, Veep is still a wickedly funny gut-buster. Yet while I could relate to Selina the perpetually marginalized chump, flailing to advance, Selina the stumping, power-grabbing candidate risks confusion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The Goodwin Games will have to consistently match the cleverness and poignancy of its pilot to win in the long run. Coming from the creators of How I Met Your Mother, there's reason to hope.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    If you're thinking about how long it'll be before this joke gets old, then you are not alone. Until then, Drunk History is a high-concept riot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Here and now, The Blacklist is top-of-the-list escapism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The show is best when it digs into the cosplay scene and the competitors bare their vanities and insecurities.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot--part of two night, two episode premiere event--is a slick, polished formulation of familiar dystopian future tropes elevated by an unusual and central relationship, well played by Urban and co-star Michael Ealy.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good. [24 Jan 2014, p.65]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Meyers seems capable of creating chemistry and having quality chats with anyone, from riding the wild waves of Kanye West to spinning a funny anecdote with pal Brad Paisley about accidentally stealing a Porsche. A talk-show host good at talking? Fancy that.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Surviving Jack--based on Justin Halpern's memoir I Suck at Girls--distinguishes itself with a terrific turn by Christopher Meloni as the father and a refreshing treatment of gender roles.
    • 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
    It vibrates with big-picture vision and has smart fun with its premise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The arrival of actual character development has made Smallville's increasingly rote freak-of-the-week stories tolerable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Johnsons recalls Buffy in its wit, sharp undercurrents (dig the cheeky-deadly female deities questing to end the dominance of dunder-headed patriarchy), and endearingly lo-fi production. Caution, though: accents! [18 Jul 2014, p.60]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Dome is worth lifting the lid. The premise captures the imagination, and the characters are well cast, even if they're mere archetypes out of the gate.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Like Betty's frumpy frocks, Mad Men's supersize episodes aren't flattering. Weiner should stick with tighter, denser storytelling packages. I hope he also delivers the season of change that the premiere seems to promise.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    As the pace accelerates and our hideous hero's final reckoning unfolds, I hope the drama can retain the wickedly funny edge that has long made Dexter so bloody good.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The business of powerful men demonizing a strong, if suffering, heroic woman makes for layered drama. As usual, Danes throws mind, heart, and jittery chin into making Carrie feel real.... For now, Homeland sans Brody feels too safe, too conventional.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Mike Henry is as funny, emotionally open and inspiring as his alter ego.... The pilot feels more like a promise of intention than proof of concept. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.144]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Darabont geek out over the genre trappings but the pace is slow-sax sleepy and the story is L.A. Confidential-lite. [6 Dec 2013, p.74]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    An hour feels a little long for the tonally eclectic dramedy, but Kinnear is pitch-perfect, and with sharp stories, Rake can progress. [24 Jan 2014, p.64]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Sleepy Hollow is is fizzy if formulaic fright-night fun. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.141]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    A house party brings an allegedly higher class of people--and their servants--to Downton as Season 4 kicks into gear, for better and worse. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    It's some solid CW cheese. [21 Mar 2014, p.58]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    [A] solidly watchable, quickly forgettable dramatic snapshot of indelible history.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Community's premiere is a focused, confident piece of storytelling about a humbled enterprise and screwed-up people scared straight by the reality of their squandered potential. Subsequent episodes are lighter if spottier than the bittersweet premiere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    It all feels been-there, done-that. Slow-burn start? Maybe. Or maybe Justified's own pipeline has run dry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    A lighter season that engages the chief criticisms of Girls--Hannah and her maturity-challenged pals are self-absorbed; they're actually hideous friends to one another--if only to say: That's part of the point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    It's still a bit chintzy, though--it simply can't support the scale it craves. Yet Da Vinci just might have purged enough creative demons to be, at the very least, a guilty geek pleasure. [21 Mar 2014, p.59]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Provocative ideas are hit upon-- torture, homosexuality, politics--and more inventive spy-game fun--Turn could keep us loyal to the cause of watching.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    It's a Frankenstory made with borrowed bits and recycled parts that could evolve into its own vibrant creation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    McKenzie is a winning mix of cockiness and righteousness. Even better is Donal Logue as his partner, Harvey Bullock—salty, slovenly, cynical. They're a dynamic dysfunctional duo. And while Jada Pinkett Smith's underworld boss Fish Mooney is tonally wonky, she's a bawdy blast nonetheless. The mystery of the Waynes' killing and the drama of the Penguin's ascendancy seem compelling fodder for season 1.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    By episode 3, Homeland starts connecting. A murder mystery becomes intriguing, key franchise assets (including Mandy Patinkin's Saul) are plugged directly into the main narrative, and a new agent (Michael O'Keefe) provides a welcome spark.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot sets up some promising intrigue but plays like the lowest-common-denominator version of itself: muscular action, a cutout Chinese villain, a rote twist, lots of Josh. Get smarter, please. [10 Jan 2013, p.66]
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Gracepoint is good enough to keep you guessing, but not good enough to keep you from shrugging.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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]
    • 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, clichéd 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]
    • 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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