Matt Zoller Seitz

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For 389 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Six by Sondheim
Lowest review score: 0 Liz & Dick
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 389
389 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The New Normal humanizes stereotypes without ever quite making them seem like people.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    None of the performers can do much to enliven a show that, judging from the two episodes sent to critics, is comprised mainly of padding.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The images have a tactile richness but are never purely pretty. Unfortunately the script assumes an inherent level of interest in these characters that the dialogue and situations don't do enough to earn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    You never get the sense that the filmmaker is pushing beyond prurient interest to uncover a deeper truth, much less discovering something within the subject that makes him seem theoretically redeemable, or at least recognizably human.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unfortunately, the sheer number of coincidences derails the show’s attempts to seem real and relevant. Sometimes the camera pans from, say, Decker the lawyer to Walters the protester (who’s too naive to be trusted by so many hard-cases), and you’re probably supposed to think “small world,” or “everyone is connected,” but it’s all just way too forced.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rake seems to believe he's fascinating, but the evidence does not persuade.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.

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