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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 Futurama: Season 10
Lowest review score: 0 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 346
346 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This A&E miniseries is exuberantly batty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    the film is as smart and sexy as it is extravagantly silly; its silliness is knowing and affectionate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    These subplots aren't inherently dull, but they're not as compelling as the sight of a singer belting a new ballad while its authors and their patrons look on.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Pacino and Mirren’s teamwork keeps Phil Spector watchable even when it’s dousing itself in dramatic ethanol and lighting a match.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Vegas isn't art and doesn't knock itself out pretending otherwise. But its no-fuss directness is appealing, and Quaid's ropy scowl keeps it centered.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Gracepoint is a good show--not great, but good.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    While the scripts set up and execute various clever twists, they aren’t clever enough to allay concerns that the show is trying so hard to reassure viewers that they aren’t being force-fed a meal of high-fiber historical fiction that it’s overcompensating with eye candy.... It’s a gripping series but far from a great one, and there are bound to be more like it; in a roundabout way, this is progress.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Colbert didn’t reinvent the wheel, but he took it for quite a spin, and his charisma enlivened even the bits that didn’t quite work, like his “gotcha” question to Bush about the ways in which he differs politically from his brother George.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It might take some time to adapt to what the gang is trying to do here, but it’s definitely in sync with the Muppet mission of entertaining everyone at their own level, and for every misjudged moment there are several more that are sublime.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Too much of the show may remind you of the experience of being trapped in a bar with shrill drunks who aren’t anywhere near as fascinating as they seem to think. Still, the series lingers in the mind. With its hurts and silences, its yellow-brown lighting and oak-and-sawdust textures, and its sense of impending doom, it is unlike anything else that calls itself American television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The series is set in recognizably real environments, and the photography, editing, and sound design are often as moody and intense as anything in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson.... Chip’s arrogance and obliviousness undercut any sympathy we might feel for him. Only Galifianakis’s distinctive energy keeps us from finding the character entirely unpalatable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It’s a compelling but slow and dire series that falls into that mid-range of long-form TV drama, where you’re interested enough to keep watching till the season is through, but not so riveted that you don’t periodically wonder if the storytellers actually needed this many episodes to tell this particular story, and if the acting and filmmaking, however excellent, is enough of a lure to justify lingering on subplots or scenes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If you know what you're getting into, it's ghastly comfort food, reassuring in its way.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Harris's unflappability is the glue that binds all the disparate bits together.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Jim Gaffigan Show is a likable and good one--and it gets livelier and more confident as it goes along. It isn’t trying to knock you out by reinventing the form.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's a silly, silly, silly, silly movie. But it deserves kudos for its control of tone, which is a bit uncanny at times.
    • 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.

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