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For 246 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Episodes (US): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 246
246 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Thankfully, both Hagman and Duffy are still around and alert, and their presence holds this new, mostly disappointing Dallas together.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The New Normal humanizes stereotypes without ever quite making them seem like people.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If the actors were stronger--or, to be fair, if the show had had a better sense of how to tap whatever talents they possess--they might have been able to sell the material. No such luck.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The plot has a few moments designed to reassure us that Emily is a competent grown-up who's good at her job, but for the most part, she comes off as a bland, clueless, simpering person who doesn't realize how accomplished (and privileged) she is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It plays more like a lavishly funded Lifetime movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If the show were badly directed, photographed, edited, and acted, at least you could have fun laughing at it, but everyone’s working so hard to put across unremarkable material that the best one can manage is a kind of exhausted empathy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rake seems to believe he's fascinating, but the evidence does not persuade.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There are a few lively moments--Barry flipping out when he thinks his mom gave him car keys for his birthday when it's really a locket with her picture in it; a montage that collects dad's malapropisms, the better to teach viewers "How to speak Murray"--but it's all too strained, too obviously written, and too dependent on the sort of easy-laughs memory-lane-tripping that VH1 did to death about fifteen years ago.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The behind-the-scenes story that Jonrosh lays out for us is, alas, more amusing, even sight-unseen, than anything in the story proper.... What we do see is curiously tone-deaf and rarely pays off as you hope it will.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    To be clear, the problem isn't that Will is in some general sense unlikable, it's that About a Boy rigs the show so that you have no choice but to think of him as a liberating life force who's adorable and ultimately admirable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show's not horrible, like the seemingly indestructible Walking Dead, but I wish it had amounted to more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Legends makes a grand show of setting up a tortuous, vaguely Don Draper–like interior journey for our lone-wolf hero--in the pilot, he's stalked by a shadowy figure who intimates that Martin doesn't know all there is to know about his true self--but the character is such a pile of overworked cop-show and spy-show elements (he's in too deep, he's a cranky and sarcastic maverick who resents authority, his work destroyed his marriage, etc.), that there's not much to him beyond the charisma that Bean naturally brings.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The source of the show's downfall is more basic: It rushes through everything, pulverizing potentially engaging characters and story until the whole production starts to feel like a long trailer for itself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    [A] mediocre, plastic, utterly false new comedy premiering on Fox tonight--a series that just happens to be built around an all-powerful alpha male jerkwad-type of character.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    They want to be both fun and edifying and end up being neither, and style-wise, they feel too much like Wikipedia entries with actors. The series might have managed to overcome these problems (partly, at least) if it had a a strong point-of-view, however conflicted, toward what it's showing us. But it doesn't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The dialogue is so weak, the characters so thin, and Sheen's performance so uncommitted that Anger Management sleepwalks across the screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It holds the distinction of being the first TV show I've ever wished that I could punch in the crotch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In the new drama Made in Jersey, Working Girl meets Erin Brockovich, and together they leap into the CBS pit of blandness and drown.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show is "clever" in a way that makes me mourn how far standards of cleverness have fallen. If it's the best new comedy that NBC has in the pipeline, the network is in more trouble than anyone knew.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The problem is that The Carrie Diaries is an inept spinoff that dishonors its source.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Do No Harm's biggest fault, besides lackluster dialogue, is its overall air of deep insecurity, a quality that's unfortunately too common on network dramas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Series creator David S. Goyer seems to be going for exuberance; but Da Vinci’s Demons is never exuberant enough to overcome a crippling combination of leadenness, silliness, and mediocre storytelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Series creator Greg Garcia has been responsible for some truly special TV comedies, including My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. This isn't one of them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's not an unlikable show, but right off the bat I feel like I can't trust it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Too bad writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff seems blithely unaware of all the situations that tempt us to laugh at the show rather than with it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Welcome to the Family has no edge at all, not even a pretend edge.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In nearly every scene of this Baby, you're judging it against the Polanski version and wishing you were watching that one instead. The writing is jumbled, the photography often merely pretty, the direction often shockingly clumsy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's a cheesy-looking, indifferently plotted, repetitious piece of work. ... The creature effects don't pass muster in the Spielberg era, the pacing is slack, the dialogue is dull, and the whole thing looks washed out and feels rushed and poorly thought out. [28 Nov 2002]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The show is so enervating and undeservedly full of itself, and such an altogether depressing combination of brilliant production values and subpar drama, that I can't muster the necessary bile.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Without Anthony Edwards's unpretentious intelligence anchoring Zero Hour, I doubt I could have gotten through ten minutes of the pilot without gnashing my teeth in annoyance.