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For 297 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Olive Kitteridge
Lowest review score: 0 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 297
297 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It’s too dour and grim sometimes, and other times too blithe and safe.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    All the actors are spot-on, even ones who have just a few scenes. It's a pity Kayla Alpert's script and Deborah Chow's direction don't do their collaborators justice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Orphan Black is a cool, clever show, and I don’t discount the possibility that it could become great, or at least excellent; but for now, both its tone and its premise seem worrisomely limited.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I missed two seasons of this show but was able to jump right into it again as if it were a "Law and Order" spinoff. That would be OK if it weren't so painfully obvious that Californication aspires to be more than just a passively entertaining time-waster (or even an actively entertaining one like "Dream On").
    • 60 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    http://www.vulture.com/2014/10/tv-review-cbss-the-mccarthys.html
    • 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
    Thankfully, both Hagman and Duffy are still around and alert, and their presence holds this new, mostly disappointing Dallas together.
    • 29 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's an oxymoron: a show about identity theft with no personality.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It plays more like a lavishly funded Lifetime movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There's a deeper, more original series hiding inside the predictable melange that is Backstrom, and John Almond might be the way into it.
    • 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
    Unfortunately, too much of the show is taken up by the usual Kelley stupidity. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Newark Star-Ledger
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The New Normal humanizes stereotypes without ever quite making them seem like people.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    None of the performers can do much to enliven a show that, judging from the two episodes sent to critics, is comprised mainly of padding.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    You never get the sense that the filmmaker is pushing beyond prurient interest to uncover a deeper truth, much less discovering something within the subject that makes him seem theoretically redeemable, or at least recognizably human.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unfortunately, the sheer number of coincidences derails the show’s attempts to seem real and relevant. Sometimes the camera pans from, say, Decker the lawyer to Walters the protester (who’s too naive to be trusted by so many hard-cases), and you’re probably supposed to think “small world,” or “everyone is connected,” but it’s all just way too forced.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rake seems to believe he's fascinating, but the evidence does not persuade.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.

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