Matt Zoller Seitz

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For 459 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Missing: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 459
459 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If watching a TV show is like being in a relationship, The Americans is the closest thing to a domestic partnership that modern TV drama has ever given us. ... The actors simply do whatever their characters would do in that situation, and the camera watches them. Not a single shot calls attention to itself. ... But you can’t exactly claim that things were left unsaid, because you read this couple’s faces like words on a page.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Genndy Tartakovsky is the world’s greatest living action filmmaker, and Samurai Jack, which starts its fifth and final season on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim March 11, is the most aesthetically daring series on TV. Amazingly, both statements were true back in 2004, the last time Samurai Jack aired new episodes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Mildred Pierce is a masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The program works so well as curdled Americana, you might not be inclined to peel back the other layers, much less delve into what’s happening at a storytelling level (which is even more impressive); but that’s a part of what makes Olive Kitteridge so pleasurable: its unobtrusive ambition.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The greatest dramatic series in the history of American television. [6 Mar 2005, p.1]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I’m grateful that a series like this one exists in the first place. That it’s so intelligently written and shot and thoughtfully acted is a marvelous bonus.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Superb final season of The Leftovers. ... Suffice to say that Lindelof, Perrotta & Co. have continued to think about ways to make the fantastic seem mundane and vice versa.
    • 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
    • 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
    Louie is the anti–Anger Management: bizarre, inventive, and bold.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Season two is one of the better TV dramas of an already excellent year, and that series creator Noah Hawley, his filmmaking team, and his cast have perfected what was already a promising spinoff of the Coen Brothers’ 1996 classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The cast is exceptional, never carrying themselves as if they are above the often confused, petty, or weak characters they portray; Shawkat in particular is a revelation, at times channeling the doe-eyed distress of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. This is just a great show, refreshingly unafraid to twist the knife--a late-breaking candidate for best series of 2016.
    • 92 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The first three episodes of this X-Men-styled mutant melodrama are superb, and the pilot in particular is an all-timer, but the whole thing is so aesthetically fresh that I could see myself continuing to watch it even if it suddenly became dumb as hell, just to see what new storytelling trick showrunner Noah Hawley and his collaborators have up their puffy magicians’ sleeves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A triumph of writing, directing, and acting.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Atlanta is the warped reflection that an absurd country deserves. ... Few shows are as good at building to dizzying heights of weirdness without clueing you in that anything out of the ordinary is happening. Fewer still have such an astute grasp of how mobile devices and internet connections have allowed everyone of every social class, race, and ethnicity to compulsively document their lives.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The new batch of Master of None episodes is on my short list for scripted show of the year. ... Season two hones the show’s distinct cultural vision and adds stylistic heft.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It has a knack for creating metaphorically or symbolically rich situations that never strut about announcing themselves as such. It’s all there if you care to delve into it, but it’s never in the foreground and affixed with a tag; often you catch it hiding behind, or within, the characterizations and plot twists, as spies hide in plain sight.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is one of the year’s very best TV programs, hard as it sometimes is to endure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Every conflict or showdown is emotionally or physically concrete yet at the same time metaphorical, the stuff of future legends. And the My Dinner With Andre and His Guns dialogue is so off-the-charts lyrical that you can hear the writers chuckling.
    • 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
    Legion is the most brazenly inventive series on TV. ... The genre mash-ups that result are often as weird as they are striking, and they delight as art objects even when they do little to advance the story. (I consider it a compliment to the show to say that it doesn’t care all that much about plot; others will not agree.) ... The frustrations and indulgences are all of a piece. This is someone else’s dream. You get to watch it, question it, and sometimes dance to it.
    • 83 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.
    • 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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    As always, The Americans does complex work that never calls attention to its complexity. The associations and connections are there if you care to make them, but the show maintains plausible deniability as a good spy should, walking briskly from scene to scene as if it’s just here to get the job done and get out.

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