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For 358 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Atlanta: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Liz & Dick
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 358
358 tv reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The pilot for ABC's extraterrestrial silly-fest feels half-baked, and parts of it just sort of lie there, but this shouldn't be a deal breaker.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A series that’s not as impressive as its lead actor’s performance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show is fast-paced and unpretentious, and it finds clever ways to deliver exposition that might otherwise be tedious.... [But] It often tries too hard to wow us, when it might have been better off just telling its story and developing its characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The weak link is Jesse Bradford's Chris.... The other couples are more humanely drawn. Because they make emotional and psychological sense, the chirpy sitcom banter goes down more smoothly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The whole show is stocked with actors on Guzmán and Harden's level--pros you're never not happy to see, including William Allen Young as the hospital's longest-serving resident, and Kevin Dunn, who oversees the logistics of the ER and delivers wisecracks in his midwestern deadpan. The younger, prettier actors playing the residents--Benjamin Hollingsworth, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, and Harry Ford among them--seem overmatched and a bit on the bland side, but that's to be expected, and if the writing on this Michael Seitzman series picks up, that could improve.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Still, for all its flaws, this is an intriguing show, packed with atmospheric details and Easter-egg-style grace notes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Broadchurch excels at showing the awkward moments between the briskly delivered plot points, and the small details of voice and gesture that define communities in mourning (or guilty panic), and it has the good sense not to overdo anything.... And yet there's something fundamentally unsatisfying about the whole thing, as smart and intricately structured as it is--and it has nothing whatsoever to do with any writing or acting or filmmaking issues, and everything to do with the fact that we've just been to this particular narrative well too many times in 2013.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There are glimmers of hope in Portlandia's attempts to build a faux mythology and turn their Portland into a borderline fairy-tale realm--basically Parks and Recreation's Pawnee with an actual zip code.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In the not great but likable and intelligent Madam Secretary, Téa Leoni’s talent gets a deserving showcase.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    At its best, Billions gives a game cast plenty of extreme situations to wrap their talents around and reams of tricky dialogue to deliver. And it certainly does have its moments, mainly when it shifts its spotlight to supporting players like Breaking Bad’s David Constabile (as Bobby’s iceberg-cool right-hand man) and Boardwalk Empire’s Glenn Feshler (as a former law professor pulling down a grand an hour working for Axelrod).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's still as detailed, opaque and confusing as ever. [8 Jan 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The first few episodes don’t showcase enough artistry to justify all the slogging and weeping, the bloodied faces and broken hearts. But I’d be lying if I said The Leftovers didn’t fascinate me.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Too bad the pilot simultaneously tries too hard and not hard enough. The actors are mostly good, and a few are terrific.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    More troubling is the show's undercurrent of utter confidence, which sits uncomfortably with the clunky drama and borrowed style onscreen. Its best moments are carried by the actors; its worst might give you the disquieting impression that the makers of Gotham think you'll watch pretty much anything if the characters have the same names as characters from the DC universe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In its second season it's a wisecracking caper series with glossy B-movie production values, an appealing cast, an overlay of global espionage fantasy, and action scenes so inventively choreographed that you can almost forgive their cliched shaky-cam imagery and "What the hell just happened?" editing. And that's it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In general, the more The Get Down trusts in its actors to carry the meaning of a moment or scene, the better it is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unfortunately it's more of a survey or omnibus, so it covers many programs somewhat glancingly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's not quite so bad that you lose all hope, some of the images and performances are memorable, and it's not inconceivable that future episodes could pique my interest again. But for now I'd put it in the "wait and see" column, without enthusiasm.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Beauty and the Beast's pilot is rarely more than competent, sometimes stubbed-toe clumsy. But if it can hang around for a while, devise a style that matches its story, and tap its stars' sincerity, it could become a cult hit: perpetually underrated but loved.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Mob Doctor's pilot is stranded between quality cable nuance and broadcast network spoon-feeding.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I found the first episode (the only one sent out to critics; gosh, I wonder why) confusing, tedious, annoyingly precious, and often ostentatiously brutal, with even clunkier-than-usual dialogue (more so than previous seasons; consider yourself warned), but also darkly beautiful, deeply weird, and (sometimes) exhilarating.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show is partly redeemed by Underwood’s snitty charisma and The Killing co-star Brent Sexton’s affecting work as the hero’s self-loathing former partner, who blames his inaction for Ironside’s condition. Overall, though, this is weak stuff.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It lacks momentum and nerve, and it's sitting on a wellspring of meaning that it's too polite to tap.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    As was the case with the first two seasons of The Killing, this new one takes its sweet, sweet time getting going, and as it slowly gains momentum, it carries itself as if it's the greatest series in the history of American television, single-handedly reinventing the police procedural for the 21st century.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Miller and McG do a decent job of aping the macho-jocular tone of Richard Donner’s film series, which, at its most ludicrous, felt like Hollywood’s answer to a Jackie Chan action comedy; but the “Look, Ma, no consequences” action seems like a more comfortable fit for movies than for network television at this point, and there are times when you might wish they’d pick a lane and stay in it for a while.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Silly as it is, the show works as pop-mythic eye candy. The pilot alone a motherlode of iconic pictures. [3 Oct 2003, p.53]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The lead performances are a tad opaque, and the script feels as though it's telling two separate stories that don't immediately seem as though they'll connect in a graceful way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Cinema Verite is smart and often moving, but unsatisfying overall.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    With its stock supporting characters (Ali and Wyatt are attractive blanks) and its lame central contrivance, this is not a great pilot, but it's far from an awful one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Problem is, these same episodes lurch between nuanced observation of real-world trivialities and goofy sketch comedy exaggeration, and their flashes of spiky personality don't alleviate the feeling that, content-wise, the show is stuck in that regrettably familiar commercial cable bind: not safe, exactly, but not dangerous, either.

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