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For 346 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% 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: 66
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Liz & Dick
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 346
346 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The level of craft and intelligence is so high here that Thrones earns the right to think of itself as doing for sword and sorcery what Coppola's Godfather trilogy did for the gangster picture: taking it seriously as modern myth without sapping it of old-fashioned entertainment value.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    With its mix of curveball innovations and very BoJack elements, season three of Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s cartoon sitcom set in a species-mixed world of humans and animals might be its best overall, though it necessarily lacks the aspect of jaw-dropping surprise that made it so beguiling in its first two outings.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It follows the Slow TV template recently perfected by the likes of American Crime and The People vs. O.J. Simpson, giving each scene maximum space to breathe, often more than it needs. But the net effect is hypnotic, like reading a fat crime novel filled with memorable characters and atmospheric details.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sherlock is a wonderful series. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Season two of the show is more enjoyable than season one because, for long stretches, it barely remembers what it's about, plot-wise, and enters that trancelike comedy zone where some of the best sketch comedy resides--a place of one-damn-thing-after-another inventiveness.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In its own sweet way, this is a landmark show.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    An earnest, soulful update of the Superman myth. [16 Oct 2001, p.55]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Delightful. [8 Nov 2001, p.45]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The performances are superb from leads on down to cameo players, and in addition to showcasing a sureness of purpose that you’d expect from good actors who’ve been given strong material, you also feel a sense of elation in individual scenes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It should still be said, however, that pretty good Burns is pretty great, provided you more or less agree with his take on things.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show has a knack for Godfather-style plots and counter­plots, as well as for sixties Hammer-horror violence that doles out gore and suffering strategically: a dollop of blood here, a severed head there. There’s a bracing wantonness to the writers’ inventions here.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Some of the encounters evoke the returned abductees in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, while others have the nasty, bone-deep chill you associate with John Carpenter’s stalk-and-kill classics. Beneath it all is an air of existential dread. The universe is out of order. Life itself has gone haywire.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    That’s [fleshing out the supporting players and introduce new wrinkles into the main relationship] more or less what Catastrophe does this time out, with varying degrees of success, but always with enough wit and energy that you’ll want to keep watching even if what’s onscreen is not as blazingly fresh as what you saw last time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    NBC's half-hour slice of small-town life isn't perfect right out of the gate; few shows are. But it's so sure-footed and engaging that it would be a pleasure to see how it turns out. [7 Oct 2000, p.43]
    • Newark Star-Ledger

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