For 219 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Six by Sondheim: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Liz & Dick: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 219
219 tv reviews
    • 77 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.
    • 96 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It’s not rushing us to the next plot point. It’s content to be present. It breathes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's the kind of work that I like to classify as "deep shallow," in that it deals in familiar tropes and simple themes but articulates them in a clever, stylish way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Family Tree is less belly-laugh funny than wry and occasionally poignant.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Mom is about shtick, and it has hired a core group of actors who know how to do it.... The whole cast is just about perfect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Thanks partly to the writing, but mostly to Elba's performance, Luther rarely comes off as one of those swaggering CBS crime-show smarty-pantses, dumping wisdom on subordinates--and that's good, because even at its sharpest, Luther feels a bit too CBS for my taste.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all its comedy, this is a serious show, one that’s keenly attuned to the damage that women do to other women, and that men and women do to one another, and that the state does to its people before, during and after they go to prison.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's probably a mite too ridiculous for the dire tone it sometimes affects, but it's confident, verging on brazen, and one tends to respect that quality in entertainment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show’s chilled-out confidence (as if it were starting its second season rather than its first) is appealing, and the cast’s Swiss-watch timing makes even lackluster exchanges crackle, but The Michael J. Fox Show’s selling point is its multivalent comic richness.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Masters of Sex is an intelligent, assured drama that gets better and better as it goes along.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For the most part, this is a light, bouncy service comedy in the spirit of The Phil Silvers Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, and Stripes, It's a high jinks–heavy but psychology-driven show that wants to please a general audience while also seeming halfway credible to viewers who've served in the armed forces or know somebody who has.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's still the sort of show that makes you reach out to it, rather than reaching out to you--a characteristic that Treme shares with a good many of its characters, a mostly obsessive and intractable bunch who are inclined to monologues about art, work, family, mortality, and the characteristics of the perfect po-boy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Far From Finished isn’t an instant classic on the order of Bill Cosby: Himself or his stand-up albums Revenge, Why Is There Air?, and Wonderfulness. It’s more like a pencil sketch by a master painter or a late film by Woody Allen or Clint Eastwood.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Throughout, there’s a sense that ­Community is building, or rebuilding, toward something big and bold--that what you’re seeing is not so much a revamp as a restoration. Few live-action sitcoms are so aware of their artificiality and yet so ­singularly alive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Girls is well aware of the conundrum Hannah and Adam and other characters are trapped in--we're all trapped in it, to some degree--and it has sense enough to let us figure this, and a lot of other things, out for ourselves.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There's nothing formally or dramatically groundbreaking about it, except for its "no big deal" attitude. But that in itself is striking. It should be counted as progress. That Looking doesn't seem to be terribly concerned with words like progress should count as progress, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Review is more of an experience than a statement; if you ask yourself, "What's the point?" you'll probably never get an answer, and you'll miss out on the agonizing pleasure of this most unusual series, which imports a style of TV comedy that was perfected in the United Kingdom and its far-flung colonies, and somehow Americanizes it without snuffing its daft spark.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The pilot can be alienating, and not in a good way. It's often too schematic, too obvious.... The next three episodes get incrementally weirder, stronger, and more original, to the point that you forget to measure this Fargo against its namesake, or against any of the Coens' masterworks, and simply enjoy the odd, sour, frightening, occasionally splendid thing in front of you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There's loads of potential here; like "The Simpsons," Groening's new effort manages to be edgy and reassuring at the same time, which means it can lead us anyplace and be confident we'll follow with a big grin. [26 Mar 1999]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I doubt any gay person will see him- or herself represented on Queer as Folk with absolute realism and accuracy. It's basically a trashy soap opera with a veneer of social criticism a gay, sexually explicit "Melrose Place." But it's fun all the same addictive, suspenseful and sometimes moving, a populist glimpse of a subculture that pop culture rarely examines. [1 Dec 2000, p.F1]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Has a fine, film noirish vibe and an irresistible mystery hook. [25 Sep 2002]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Hipsters will roll their eyes at the show's many cliches - decent small-town folk, cynical city slickers, the healing power of the great outdoors, etc. - but everyone else will be grateful. And fortunately, some of the performances are just odd and striking enough to reduce the sugar quotient. [16 Sept 2002, p.23]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    "Reno 911!" isn't quite as rich and subtle as the best improvised comedy - the basic format becomes repetitive, and the performers sometimes drive the material into absurd directions when it might have been funnier to keep things smaller - but all in all, it's still a very funny show. [23 Jul 2003]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Really, though, you don't have to know anything about the British Skins to get into the remake.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    These are production issues that will fix themselves in time. Olbermann was back. He jumped right back into the thick of things. And he was very, very good.