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

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Better Things: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 273
273 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Director Tarsem Singh produces dazzling visuals and an invigorating weirdness in all 10 eps. But the storytelling is too disjointed and the drama is too symbolic. The performances range from spirited to adequate to Dorothy. [30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017, p.108]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    A fine cast, but the generic characters and shock-lite scares don't impress. [23 Jun 2017, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    The well is tainted; the magic, gone for me. I'm putting away the anti-childish ting that is The Magicians. [27 Jan 2017, p.52]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    Gothic is either afraid of being too gothic or just doesn't know what gothic is. [24 Jun 2016, p.53]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    You’ve seen it all before on Limitless.
    • 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
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    It wasn’t the worst possible thing it could be, but it was also far from the best.
    • 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]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    It’s clear Watkins has ideas to spare, but he struggles to make meaningful drama with them.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The cast is effortlessly agreeable and Jane Curtin's irascible medical examiner is a hoot, but their charm isn't enough to make you want more. [26 Jul 2013, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    This is a work in progress.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The prison itself is a dull, unimaginative setting that doesn’t offer much in terms of facilitating a conceptually interesting escape plot full of fresh ideas or interesting complications. This, in turn, diminishes Michael.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    A promising generational sitcom that might have had something to offer its target audience of middle-aged folks raised on Friends but squanders all of our interest with mirthless, misguided strategies for holding it. The only spectacle it offers is the shocking magic trick of turning a bright, dazzling cast into a bunch of dim bulbs.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The few worthwhile themes are subverted by absurd, borderline-racist characterizations and ribald pop-culture-referencing dialogue that tries way too hard.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    Unfortunately, Star subverts everything with hollow heaviness and familiar cynicism.
    • 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]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Jeff Jensen
    Every episode seems to ensure at least two sex scenes and plenty of bloody violence. This isn’t history, this is military porn and cheap terrorsploitation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot is rushed, the direction is flat, the imagination is lacking. [11 Mar 2016, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Jeff Jensen
    The pilot is all flimsy irreverence, pitting caricatures of entitlements and desperation against each other to meaningless effect. [30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017, p.115]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Jeff Jensen
    There is a kind of bad show that might be the saddest kind of bad show. It’s the show that strands talented actors known for being funny on a sitcom that isn’t funny at all.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jeff Jensen
    Iron Fist--devoid of vision, lacking in executional chops--barely even tries. It assumes its own marvelousness and proceeds tediously from there, offering few satisfactions for any possible audience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Jeff Jensen
    The premiere was stiff, impersonal, and sloppy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Jeff Jensen
    Soullessly adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, this toothless horror is True Blood lite. [21/28 July 2017, p.110]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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