Matt Zoller Seitz
Select another critic »
For 259 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 0.1 points higher 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: 24 out of 259
259 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Married, for all its frank sex and salty language and disinterest in being loved and indie-film handheld camerawork, is really not all that different from the three-camera network usual, and way too much in love with its leading male character's supposed lovable-ness, considering how shallow he is.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For every tired element, there are lovely, even mysterious touches.... Emotionally, I'm not sure that a lot of Satisfaction makes sense at all, but a certain strain of dream logic holds it together.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unfortunately, too much of the show is taken up by the usual Kelley stupidity. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Everyone involved with this production obviously meant well--this TV movie doesn't have a cruel or ignorant moment--but good intentions aren't enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Camelot teeters on the edge of camp, but it doesn't have the nerve to pitch itself into the abyss and just be trashy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's an oxymoron: a show about identity theft with no personality.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Despite the general mediocrity of the show's dialogue, these are potentially endearing comic characters played by (mostly) excellent comic actors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The characters are so TV cute (and in some cases TV pretty) and the storytelling so mechanical, that I couldn't give myself over to it either way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The premiere boasts intriguing hints of self-awareness but never quite follows through on them, and that's too bad.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Falling Skies is better than it used to be, but it's still whiffing the allegory, the action, and the characterization: three strikes and you're out.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    [Marry Me is] just too much an embodiment of the sitcom usual, and the gender-stereotypes usual, and the network-creativity usual.
    • 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.