For 219 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 219
219 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Everyone involved with this production obviously meant well--this TV movie doesn't have a cruel or ignorant moment--but good intentions aren't enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Camelot teeters on the edge of camp, but it doesn't have the nerve to pitch itself into the abyss and just be trashy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's an oxymoron: a show about identity theft with no personality.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Despite the general mediocrity of the show's dialogue, these are potentially endearing comic characters played by (mostly) excellent comic actors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The characters are so TV cute (and in some cases TV pretty) and the storytelling so mechanical, that I couldn't give myself over to it either way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The premiere boasts intriguing hints of self-awareness but never quite follows through on them, and that's too bad.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Falling Skies is better than it used to be, but it's still whiffing the allegory, the action, and the characterization: three strikes and you're out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Thankfully, both Hagman and Duffy are still around and alert, and their presence holds this new, mostly disappointing Dallas together.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The New Normal humanizes stereotypes without ever quite making them seem like people.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If the actors were stronger--or, to be fair, if the show had had a better sense of how to tap whatever talents they possess--they might have been able to sell the material. No such luck.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The plot has a few moments designed to reassure us that Emily is a competent grown-up who's good at her job, but for the most part, she comes off as a bland, clueless, simpering person who doesn't realize how accomplished (and privileged) she is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It plays more like a lavishly funded Lifetime movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If the show were badly directed, photographed, edited, and acted, at least you could have fun laughing at it, but everyone’s working so hard to put across unremarkable material that the best one can manage is a kind of exhausted empathy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rake seems to believe he's fascinating, but the evidence does not persuade.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There are a few lively moments--Barry flipping out when he thinks his mom gave him car keys for his birthday when it's really a locket with her picture in it; a montage that collects dad's malapropisms, the better to teach viewers "How to speak Murray"--but it's all too strained, too obviously written, and too dependent on the sort of easy-laughs memory-lane-tripping that VH1 did to death about fifteen years ago.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The behind-the-scenes story that Jonrosh lays out for us is, alas, more amusing, even sight-unseen, than anything in the story proper.... What we do see is curiously tone-deaf and rarely pays off as you hope it will.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    To be clear, the problem isn't that Will is in some general sense unlikable, it's that About a Boy rigs the show so that you have no choice but to think of him as a liberating life force who's adorable and ultimately admirable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The source of the show's downfall is more basic: It rushes through everything, pulverizing potentially engaging characters and story until the whole production starts to feel like a long trailer for itself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    [A] mediocre, plastic, utterly false new comedy premiering on Fox tonight--a series that just happens to be built around an all-powerful alpha male jerkwad-type of character.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    They want to be both fun and edifying and end up being neither, and style-wise, they feel too much like Wikipedia entries with actors. The series might have managed to overcome these problems (partly, at least) if it had a a strong point-of-view, however conflicted, toward what it's showing us. But it doesn't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The dialogue is so weak, the characters so thin, and Sheen's performance so uncommitted that Anger Management sleepwalks across the screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It holds the distinction of being the first TV show I've ever wished that I could punch in the crotch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In the new drama Made in Jersey, Working Girl meets Erin Brockovich, and together they leap into the CBS pit of blandness and drown.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show is "clever" in a way that makes me mourn how far standards of cleverness have fallen. If it's the best new comedy that NBC has in the pipeline, the network is in more trouble than anyone knew.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The problem is that The Carrie Diaries is an inept spinoff that dishonors its source.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Do No Harm's biggest fault, besides lackluster dialogue, is its overall air of deep insecurity, a quality that's unfortunately too common on network dramas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Series creator David S. Goyer seems to be going for exuberance; but Da Vinci’s Demons is never exuberant enough to overcome a crippling combination of leadenness, silliness, and mediocre storytelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Series creator Greg Garcia has been responsible for some truly special TV comedies, including My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. This isn't one of them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's not an unlikable show, but right off the bat I feel like I can't trust it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Too bad writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff seems blithely unaware of all the situations that tempt us to laugh at the show rather than with it.