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 Rectify: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 241
241 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The Strain knows how to to gross. It needs to get better at the engrossing part. [24 Jul 2015, p.50]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Gracepoint is good enough to keep you guessing, but not good enough to keep you from shrugging.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The abundance of flaws--a sluggish pace, thinly stretched plots--can't smother everything interesting. ... Luke Cage is a meaningful attempt at developing a new-model black hero. [30 Sep 2016, p.48]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Letty's evolving rapport with Javier is intriguing, and Dockery and Botto generate sufficient chemistry. Good Behavior is good enough. Whether it can be something better is a story to be told. [11 Nov 2016, p.50]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    Melissa Leo, Howard, and Gugino--who has the most alluring mystery--know how to work well in the murk. They pull you through everything that’s tired, tedious, and trippy and nurture hope that Wayward Pines will add up to something novel. Or, at least, just add up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jeff Jensen
    Wilmore had a few bugs in his performance on opening night: He was a little too giggly, and a few times he spokesofast it turned his lines into what-did-he-say? mush. That said, his clear excitement for this opportunity was endearing.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Divorce makes you feel almost nothing. It’s a shallow bore, and not even the flailing efforts of its stars make it interesting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    You don’t buy her boundary-crossing romance with Billy, because Heigl and the writing can’t you make you believe she’d ever be flawed enough to do that. You simply don’t doubt her enough for Doubt to work as well as it should.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The incessant fighting overwhelms anything interesting.... Things improve in week 2. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Rupert Wyatt’s direction is solid, but he’s too beholden to the visual grammar of his inspiration, and the familiarity dilutes the fear factor. It looks frightening, but it doesn’t chill--the images are cliché, the jump scares barely provoke a jitter.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Like a lot of startups in their early days, Superstore launches as a buggy enterprise.
    • 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]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The performances are fine, but the poorly mixed tone, cliche strategies for complex characterization (grief, addiction, obsession), and zesty conflict (psycho mobsters, corrupt cops) make for a flavorless dish. [3 Jun 2016, p.102]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Little effort is on display, from the barely credible period production to Bisson's bare-bones performance. Still, his charisma holds your attention.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    Beyond the rockin’ soundtrack, the flat storytelling has no pop.
    • 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

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