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For 284 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 284
284 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The more frequently Birthday Boys returns to seemingly unfunny or barely funny bits, the funnier they eventually become--another Python borrowing, and a good one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If the season-three premiere is any indication, although AHS has lost its novelty, it still has that seventies and eighties grindhouse/drive-in/midnight movie feeling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A to Z glides, mainly because its stars, Mad Men's Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti, are a flat-out great couple, with an understated screwball energy that Howard Hawks would've known what to do with.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There's still a sense that The Walking Dead is shambling along too lackadaisically. Great pulp is propulsive, ruthless. But the show's embrace of "B"-movie values is a heartening sign.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It’s hard to imagine Hannibal scaling new peaks of originality as drama--not with characters and situations that have, in more than one sense, been done to death. At least there’s life in the acting and in the show’s inventive visuals.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Really, though, you don't have to know anything about the British Skins to get into the remake.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The first two installments of House of Cards are smartly acted and written, crisply directed by Fincher, and sumptuously photographed by Eigl Bryld (In Bruges), but they’re not mind-bogglingly great, or even particularly surprising or delightful--just solidly adult, with moments of dark wit.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Four years in the making and ten hours long, it's a remarkable, if dense and often difficult program--at once the most stylistically stripped-down thing Stone has done and (somehow) the most Oliver Stone-y.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Ben and Kate is enjoyable enough if you don't mind a severe case of the cutes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Arrow is sincere and energetic but visually undistinguished.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Now and then Shameless sloughs off its mostly self-imposed constraints and fires on all cylinders, observing economic hardship, drunken tomfoolery and sexual shenanigans with a keen eye for class specifics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Like most Burnett productions, "The Apprentice" is half game show, half sociological experiment - a glitzy, fast-paced TV program that simultaneously manages to critique and celebrate the Western World's cutthroat obsession with success. [7 Jan 2004]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Derek is engaging and sometimes very funny. Parts of it are ostentatiously sentimental, verging on gooey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If you think you can tough it out, the The Comedians is worth a look, if only to have an opinion on--and if you stick with it, you may feel that your time hasn’t been wasted, and that perhaps The Comedians just needed time to figure itself out, not unlike the fictional series it’s chronicling. But man, does it test your patience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The longer this show goes on, the more it seems like a network soap in cable drama drag. ... "Housewives" is a depressingly safe show, one that cushions the impact of its plot twists with the dramatic equivalent of air bags. [27 Sep 2005]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie is better than you've heard but not good enough to linger in the mind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Revenge might sound enjoyably soapy in the abstract, but its execution is problematic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie feels too long, padded even, but its relaxed vibe and non-cloying tone are a tonic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Part of the excitement of "Watching Ellie" comes from wondering whether the people who made it can get around the creative obstacles they created. [26 Feb 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The stars are very likable but simply not powerful enough to make you forget the real-life, heavily covered people they're playing. But the movie's precision and empathy can't be denied.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.

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