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For 274 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 274
274 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Raylan Givens is off his game, but Justified is as sharp as ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's the most engrossing cop series since season one of NBC's Homicide, and maybe the most raggedy and real.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The cop stuff feels like it could be happening in any other NBC cop show; I kept expecting Prime Suspect's Maria Bello to show up in that cute hat. But given the originality on display, and the venue, those are minor complaints.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    NY Med is filled with warm, honest moments--some poignant, others comic--and characters who would be plenty compelling even if they didn't keep revealing surprising new sides.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Boss' mix of deft footwork and bull-in-a-china shop clumsiness can be off-putting, but it's always anchored by Grammer's alternately scary and mournful lead performance, and you're never in doubt that there's a fully formed sensibility behind it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's grindhouse and art house, and it carries itself as if it doesn't give a damn what you think of it. And its infuriating push-pull quality is still fascinating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is one hell of a debut, and the last seven minutes are brilliant, hitting emotional notes that you might not expect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It feels lived-in, confident. That's a good sign.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Hour has never pretended to be anything other than a very classy potboiler filled with attractive people, one that puts its heroes into predicaments that wouldn't be out of place in a silent film while sneaking social and historical commentary into the margins.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The melodrama is deliciously engrossing and occasionally wrenching--two episodes in the middle of season three may empty local Rite-Aids of Kleenex--but in the end, it's a light series: "light" as in the opposite of dark, not insubstantial; warm, hopeful, inspiring.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Contemporary TV is suddenly filled with shows starring charismatic yet ostentatiously flawed heroines: Homeland, The Mindy Project, Girls, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. Enlightened stands out because its vision is so much wider.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Americans might take a while to find its footing--most shows do; but it already has a personality, a pulse of life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Smash got the memo from viewers. I don’t think they read all of it, necessarily, but at least they got it, and they’ve changed just enough to raise the series from a C+ to a B. So: progress.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For the most part, though, what we see and hear is all we’re allowed to know, and it’s enough, just as the accumulation of moments in a fly-on-the-wall documentary are enough to make us feel for the subjects.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    [A] clever, at times tricky season opener. In Lost-like style, it strategically withholds key information that would help us make immediate sense of Don’s behavior, which by turns suggests a prisoner, a sleepwalker, and a ghost.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It’s not rushing us to the next plot point. It’s content to be present. It breathes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Family Tree is less belly-laugh funny than wry and occasionally poignant.

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