For 273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Jensen's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 16 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 273
273 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    I didn't think Better Things could get any better. It's thrilling to be wrong. [15 Sep 2017, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The story ages Jamie and Claire, so when they reunite after a deliciously agonizing buildup (marked by some inspired humor), the rapture is both emotional and spiritual. In season 3, Outlander, TV’s best romance, soars by making you fall in love with it all over again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    The Deuce is an absorbing, resonant chronicle about the evolution of dehumanizing skin trades and the mainstreaming of adult entertainment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Season 4's first three hours make major investments in everyone, especially Gordon, imbuing them all with deeper poignancy. ... Halt and Catch Fire is an urgent story of rehumanization for a cold, wired culture. Plug in now. [18/25 Aug 2017, p.88]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    The images are sharper and more inspired, the dialogue is wittier, and the pace is breezier than the usual Marvel-Netflix escapade. Kudos to showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez--the team behind the disappointing second season of Daredevil--for upping their own game, honoring the best parts of every series, and elevating the franchise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Mr. Mercedes isn't prestige-class pulp, but it's a quality star vehicle fueled with enough poignancy to make it worth the ride. [11 Aug 2017, p.46]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    The premise and psychology of the main characters capture your interest. But the oppressive portentousness squanders it--the heavy-handed slo-mo and symbolism, the glum gravitas of the acting. Biel’s intense performance of despair isn’t helped by a story that keeps Cora a cipher or by clipped scenes that don’t let her stretch and breathe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    [Issa Rae's] show is even more assured in the second season. ... As an actress, Rae is a marvel. [21/28 Jul 2017, p.106]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Matt Bomer is magnetic as Monroe Stahr, a golden-boy producer drive to churn out premium content to keep a struggling dream factory afloat. [21/28 July 2017, p.113]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Jeff Jensen
    Soullessly adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, this toothless horror is True Blood lite. [21/28 July 2017, p.110]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Bateman's commanding performance powers a gripping, twisty, sometimes spotty yarn that plays like Breaking Bad in reverse, a darkly comic deconstruction of antihero fantasy about a man flailing to rediscover the value of human life. [21/28 July 2017, p.108]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    A promising generational sitcom that might have had something to offer its target audience of middle-aged folks raised on Friends but squanders all of our interest with mirthless, misguided strategies for holding it. The only spectacle it offers is the shocking magic trick of turning a bright, dazzling cast into a bunch of dim bulbs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    For now, it’s a good-looking collection of clichés, dull sensationalism, and echoes of better pulp.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Jensen
    Crudup makes the most of his unconventional cuckold, letting you see how the unexamined privilege of this easy, breezy good guy enables Jean. The surrounding characters lack similar depth, and I wish there were more invention in the filmmaking. Still, Watts has enough shine to make Gypsy a wandering, adventurous character-study worth following.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jeff Jensen
    A fine cast, but the generic characters and shock-lite scares don't impress. [23 Jun 2017, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Jensen
    I want the Mad Men version of this show, not the Breaking Bad version. Claws gives you sharp, jagged women to care about. I wish I cared more about the show itself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    In telling an increasingly engrossing, constantly evolving story about a wild election that pits stability against change, age versus youth, House of Cards spins a yarn that’s as much about its own durability and surprising dynamism than anything else.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    The Keepers is addictive serial made for the post-Serial market. ... White’s narrative is a nesting doll of colorful characters giving way to more colorful characters--stories inside stories, mysteries within mysteries.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    The story of Kimmy Schmidt’s continuing education was bound to get bumpy, but it remains entertaining, and season 3 has every chance to graduate with honors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Heady satire full of humanity, I Love Dick is lovably challenging. [12 May 2017, p.50]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A bittersweet valentine, a timely fable about cultural character, Master of None is rich entertainment powered by Ansari’s increasing mastery of his art, his artistic hunger, and the wisdom and skill of his collaborators.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Dear White People gives you an abundance of characters to care about and entertains with its inspired, hilarious storytelling. Simien keeps and hones the heightened reality style of his film. The meticulous compositions and meta-awareness are reminiscent of the Coen brothers and Spike Lee.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    A season that adds great depths to the bawdiest, wisest relationship comedy that isn't You're the Worst. [28 Apr/5 May 2017, p.101]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Jensen
    Some might want a quicker pace from American Gods. Yo, po-mo Clash of the Titans, gets to the clashing! But I was consistently engrossed. The characters, the concept, the deeply considered filmmaking captured my imagination.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Jensen
    The droll Dhavernas is good enough, but Mary Kills People needs to be sharper and bolder to really slay. [21 Apr 2017, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    While the relational drama is intrinsic to the show’s investigation of revolutionary character, there are some twists and turns that got my eyes rolling. Still, the various storylines coalesce to produce a suspenseful, surprising finale, and the arcs of Marcus and Jas are compelling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Jensen
    Hawley, who wrote and directed the premiere, crafts a cool, taut, precisely styled hour of darkly comic neo-noir that stands in contrast to the delirious, subjective sensationalism of his other show, Legion. ... The cast is superb.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Jeff Jensen
    The prison itself is a dull, unimaginative setting that doesn’t offer much in terms of facilitating a conceptually interesting escape plot full of fresh ideas or interesting complications. This, in turn, diminishes Michael.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Jensen
    Ham-fisted exposition and familiar melodrama abound, yet the excellent cast carries a story that slowly deepens, escalates, and truly explodes at midseason. [17/24 Mar 2017, p.90]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jeff Jensen
    Iron Fist--devoid of vision, lacking in executional chops--barely even tries. It assumes its own marvelousness and proceeds tediously from there, offering few satisfactions for any possible audience.

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