Alessandra Stanley
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For 470 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 470
470 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Both “Bored to Death” and Curb Your Enthusiasm have heroes who are hell-bent on doing the impossible and are doomed to fail. And it’s impossible not to prefer them just as they are.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    By 1:20 p.m. the series's third season is already as tightly coiled, clever and suspenseful as the first two. [28 Oct 2003]
    • The New York Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Even in its sixth season, “24” remains remarkably compelling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The final season of The Wire is committed to proving him wrong; by leaving nothing out it offers viewers as close a chance as anyone can get to everything.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Deadwood is not easy to watch. There is no musical score; the settings are relentlessly dull and depressing; and it is shot almost entirely in shades of sepia and gray. The series takes its own time establishing the characters, and the dialogue is muffled and indistinct. But once the story takes hold, it is hard to turn away. Like laudanum, a good western can be habit-forming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    As it lurches to its conclusion, the politics of "Deadwood" keep growing more dense and colorful, and that magnificent obsession crowds out other primal forces.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Purists may be irritated by the pilfering of James Dean's classic film "Rebel Without a Cause," including, in the show's second episode, an entire plot line in which Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) runs away and plays house with Marissa and another young friend in the unfinished model house of a new development. Yet the empty swimming pool, used by the boys as a skateboarding rink, is a rather amusing homage to that 1955 movie by Nicholas Ray.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The Bluth heirs are eccentric and warped, but they are not hothouse child prodigies like the Tenenbaum siblings. They are nouveau riche misfits, the Ewings of "Dallas" as seen by Bunuel. And they are quite amusing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    One weakness in the show is that each character has a showoff story line that splinters the narrative rather than unites it. And sometimes the hyper-arch tone gets a little tiresome. But only sometimes. Mostly, a talented cast and funny, imaginative writing make each episode a pleasure. Arrested Development is watched by critics, but it deserves a bigger, perhaps better audience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Las Vegas is as flattering to companies like the MGM Mirage Inc. as "The Love Boat" once was to Princess Cruises. Yet the show still manages to be slick, fast-paced and engaging, a remake of the remake of "Ocean's Eleven," in which all the good-looking people work for the casino, not against it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It is an odd and intriguing look at crime scenes, forensic labs and interrogation rooms as a backdrop to the family crises and growing pains of an unhappy teenage girl.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series has something to offer besides sexual imagery and sophistry -- it is a well-written, entertaining show, with or without the L word.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    On "State of Play" and Prime Suspect, ordinary men and women take center stage and hold it beautifully. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
    • The New York Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "The Apprentice" stands out [among the new reality shows] as one that takes a modest twist on the "Survivor" formula -- from jungle to urban jungle -- and improves on it. [8 Jan 2004]
    • The New York Times
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The multitude of exegeses and theories devoted to major plot twists and minor details attest to the series’s enduring egghead appeal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    In this age of "Desperate Housewives" and "The O.C.," it is refreshing to see a television show whose heroines aspire to meaningful work as well as meaningless sex.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There are very few series for young adults that deal with race as brazenly and defiantly as "The Boondocks."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "Entourage" is as good as ever in its third season, yet somehow different.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The show is bold, quite good and gets better as it goes on. But Huff is never truly great the way ''The Sopranos'' or ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' have been on HBO. Like other Showtime fare, ''Dead Like Me'' and ''The L Word,'' the series is enjoyable without being vital.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere is a bit stiff, but the episodes improve over time, mostly thanks to two mesmerizing actresses in the lead roles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "Prison Break"... is more intriguing than most of the new network series, and it certainly is one of the most original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Offbeat and utterly charming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    "Everybody Hates Chris" is the first show in a long time centered on a teenager whose main problem is not adolescent angst, but real life. And Mr. Rock makes it funny, not maudlin or mean.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It is unusually good: a harsh public-service message built into a clever, suspenseful thriller.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The remake has everything that those earlier versions had and something more: Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett together and at each other's throats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There is nothing else quite like it on television, and that is actually saying a lot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is a clever update, not to say rip-off, of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” set behind the scenes at an NBC comedy show rather than in a television newsroom, and it is very funny.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Damages borrows heavily from the front page, and that keeps it interesting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    There is nothing supernatural behind the mystery, and there is no deep-rooted government conspiracy lurking behind seemingly mundane events. But suspense builds, personalities strengthen and change, and “The Nine” takes on a life of its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The next-best thing to "The Wire."

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