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For 258 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Episodes (US): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 258
258 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For the most part, Oz is an awesome achievement - an alternately crude and elegant attempt to expand the boundaries of the one-hour drama. If it can avoid an over reliance on prison movie clichs, stay focused on the redemption theme and give its powerhouse cast more room to breathe, it could be one of the most important works ever aired on American television. [12 July 1997, p.29]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The greatest dramatic series in the history of American television. [6 Mar 2005, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    LeBlanc is brilliant; the writing and direction are brilliant; the show is brilliant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Archer is the next generation version of "Get Smart," with a similarly thickheaded, overconfident, horny hero whose petulant deadpan lines are funnier than they have any right to be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Mildred Pierce is a masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Is Game of Thrones one of the great HBO series? It's too early to tell, though judged purely as an immense yet improbably graceful narrative machine, I'd have to say yes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    [Homeland] sounds as though it could have been pitched as "The Manchurian Candidate: The Series." But set that aside, if you can, and look at what's on-screen, because it'll reward your attention.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A masterful two-hour finale to an already exceptional program. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Louie is the anti–Anger Management: bizarre, inventive, and bold.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A triumph of writing, directing, and acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There’s a solid, patient, confident quality to this movie that’s rarely seen in modern mainstream cinema. It’s better than most American films playing in theaters, and better than most of HBO’s films, too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    At its best, Futurama blends raised-eyebrow postgraduate-thesis humor and fifth-grade-lunchroom spit-take humor. That’s not a combination you see every day--and as a bonus, Futurama stirs in unironically beautiful, at times thrilling visuals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley is simple but perfect--one of those documentaries that's about what it seems to be about, but is also about something else.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is one of the best movies about the artistic process I've seen--a film that can engross and illuminate even if you know nothing of Sondheim.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    You could say it’s as close as a broadcast network has gotten to the personal artistry of the best premium-cable shows, if it weren’t bolder and more elegant than anything on pay cable right now, including HBO’s own serial-killer drama, True Detective.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The film has poetry and vitality, too, and its greatest virtue is that it seems not to give a damn if you approve of any of its creative choices as long as you connect with it emotionally and intellectually.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The storytelling seems to have hit a new peak of relaxed confidence. In every scene you get a sense of steady forward motion. New characters are introduced and old characters deepened, and devious new plots are laid out so deftly that it's not until midway through episode three that you look back over everything that came before and laugh at yourself for not having seen a particular surprise coming
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    "The Larry Sanders Show" is the most painful comedy on TV, and I mean that as a compliment. At its best, this half-hour sitcom, set in and around a Los Angeles-based talk show, achieves a sublime level of cruelty. [13 Mar 1998]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    An earnest, soulful update of the Superman myth. [16 Oct 2001, p.55]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    "Curb" never presents itself as anything but a cleverly plotted, deliberately offensive comedy. But it's more than a comedy: It's a comedy of manners, or bad manners; delightfully rude, and, in its unreal way, honest. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It believes in the story it's telling and expects everyone watching the series not just to have a good time, but to commit. If every drama series had a tenth as much passion, TV would be a far more interesting place.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sherlock is a wonderful series. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Even at its worst, Boss radiates intelligence and toughness, and an appreciation of politics as a nonstop performance in an unscripted drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It lets you simultaneously laugh at and with the characters, and feel justified for laughing, then ashamed, and then the pendulum swings back again; this is a much messier and more fascinating set of reactions than what sitcoms typically evoke.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The physicality of the visuals and the performances helps power Game of Thrones past any rough patches--not that there have been that many.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This series is Burns doing Guthrie, bringing a lifetime of experience and craft to bear on a story of people struggling through hard times. He's picking up a guitar and telling us a story--a great one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all its gore, gunfire, and criminal nastiness, it's a joyous show; even when the characters are scowling, the show seems to be grinning at you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I suspect it might be a classic that deserves a spot in the pantheon of great, long-delayed follow-ups, though I need to watch the whole thing again and live with it and then write about it again to be sure. That I’d want to rewatch the whole season immediately is, of course, another, possibly higher compliment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oh My God is animated by deep skepticism and an appreciation of joy, qualities that don’t normally mix in comedy and that might seem, in a different context, incompatible. But they aren’t incompatible--not here, anyway.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    But what's amazing, maybe even revolutionary, about The Corner is this: as its narrative plays out in six laid-back, detail-packed, one-hour installments, you come to see that all the major characters don't belong in this place, in this life. [16 Apr 2000, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The phrase "stream-of- consciousness" doesn't do it justice. Geyser-of-consciousness is more like it. What holds it together is the program's unique comic voice. [12 Sep 1997]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The first four episodes sent out for review become stranger and less “realistic” by the hour, not to mention more stereotypically HBO-like (artfully arranged corpses; drug-thug posturing and handgun-waving; gratuitous T&A) and less concerned with the case that Cohle and Hart are allegedly trying to solve. But the show’s time-shifting structure is so painstaking that even when True Detective spirals into lurid madness there still seems to be purpose behind it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's these deeper questions [Deciding to live the day-to-day performance of an ideal, a belief, an emotion, a set of principles, a faith?] that give the action and melodrama a bit of existential heft, and redirect our vicarious enjoyment away from fantasy and back towards reality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rick and Morty won't get us any closer to a workable definition of Harmon's genius, but at least it clarifies that the unhinged quality that Community once had wasn't accidental.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show’s version of machismo is hilarious, and feels new. Silicon Valley captures the pack-wolf preening of guys whose muscles are located mostly above their necklines.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    To watch any engrossing drama is to feel for fictional people the way we feel for real-life friends. Even when they piss us off, we wish them the best.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Not since Deadwood has a period-drama production designed to a fare-thee-well and steeped in nasty atmosphere been so politically astute about who has power over whom and why--although the subtler brand of gallows humor and Soderbergh’s fondness for intricately choreographed long takes aligns The Knick with a different TV classic that Deadwood creator David Milch worked on, Hill Street Blues.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In its own sweet way, this is a landmark show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show’s alchemy stems from its skillful use of smartly cast actors whose poker-faced sincerity makes us take whatever version of this story we happen to be hearing as gospel.