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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
    • 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]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Has a fine, film noirish vibe and an irresistible mystery hook. [25 Sep 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Both the new actor and the revamped series take some getting used to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie is better than you've heard but not good enough to linger in the mind.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Missteps are balanced by bits that ring oddly true.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's the new Revenge, but so much goofier and more shameless that it makes Revenge look comparatively measured.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's all rather weightless: just your usual sitcom-style misunderstandings and bruised egos and "complications ensue," with no sense that anything larger is at stake.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Too much of Political Animals feels like good-enough-for-government-work drama, and I can't help believing it would have been more compelling, maybe genuinely subversive, if it had replaced some of the scenes that attack the show's main themes head-on with pick-axes, and substituted ones that showed the female characters simply doing their jobs, commanding more than reluctant respect from men.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's knowingly dumb and aiming for smart-dumb, and over time it might get there.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Hell on Wheels didn't turn into a great drama, but it settled into a distinctive groove, growing more relaxed and confident by the week.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Chicago Fire gets better week-to-week, finding its own vibe, one that mixes TV-14 gore, soap opera entanglements, and working-class-hero earnestness. Sincerity puts the whole thing over.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Arrow is sincere and energetic but visually undistinguished.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The series' bludgeoning aesthetic is silly, but it works. Much of History's programming aims to intrigue viewers who might never crack open a book, while assuring literate history buffs that the filmmakers know what they're talking about.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    While it's emphatically not a great show, it is an overheated yet intriguing one, driven more by visuals than words--and if you don't mind that its gory action and soap-opera plots aren't yet matched by dialogue and performance, it's worth a look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Nothing in this pilot promises how fascinating the show will ultimately become, and unfortunately, the show is more efficient than truly good. ... The first four episodes contain no aesthetically pleasing shots or sequences, just tedious coverage of talk and action, and too many of its 'shocking' moments are dependent on visual/aural shortcuts. ... Nevertheless, The Following fascinates, thanks to soulful lead performances by Bacon and Justified's Natalie Zea (as Carroll's ex-wife) and the nervy way it develops and sustains its central flourish.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Derek is engaging and sometimes very funny. Parts of it are ostentatiously sentimental, verging on gooey.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    So, concept, story, dialogue: just okay. Cast: outstanding. Sean Saves the World is on my "wait and see" list for sure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A series that’s not as impressive as its lead actor’s performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie feels too long, padded even, but its relaxed vibe and non-cloying tone are a tonic.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In the not great but likable and intelligent Madam Secretary, Téa Leoni’s talent gets a deserving showcase.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The pilot episode of Forever struck me as the first half of a pretty-good-but-not-great movie; whether it can sustain itself as a TV series remains to be seen.

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