Alessandra Stanley
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For 497 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% 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 Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 497
497 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    These four women are amusing, at times poignant, but not easily likable. The show is caustic and hard to watch, but harder to turn off. In Season 3, their solipsism and callousness are even more pointed, all the more shocking, and still quite funny.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Its a clever and engaging reinterpretation by Bill Gallagher, who shaped the script to contemporary tastes and sensibilities--notably, a postmodern fatigue with ideology and big thoughts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    New Girl is charming and quite funny, but especially when compared with the other two shows, it seems quite old-school.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Manh(a)ttan provides a cleverly imagined portrait of the men and women who were at the epicenter of that peculiar sovereignty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    [Broadbent] is unrecognizable and remarkable in the role of Longford, capturing both the man’s dotty hauteur and his awkward, absent-minded chivalry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Jane the Virgin isn’t exactly sui generis: it has traces of past series that blended whimsy and wile, including “Ugly Betty” and “Pushing Daisies,” but this show has a delightful heroine and its own sweetly wicked inflection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    This spy drama is not as dense and psychologically intricate, but it has compensations, most notably the placement of fictional characters like McAuliffe and Torriti alongside real-life figures like Angleton and Philby, and inside real-life crises like the 1956 Hungarian uprising.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The hero of Awake has a psychiatric problem; there are no aliens or ghosts to explain away the more improbable turns, and this adventure is far more compelling.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The pacing is occasionally so slow and deliberate that it may test some viewers’ patience, but the series takes its time because the real mystery is Wallander and his uneasy inner life.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Offbeat and utterly charming.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Detroit 1-8-7 is a lovingly updated tribute to shows that were on the air so long ago that almost none of the detectives were black.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s a premise that in the wrong hands could be boorish and not at all amusing, so it is to the writers’ credit that Aliens is instead fresh, funny and charming in a tart, sardonic way, one of the best sendups of adolescent angst since "The Wonder Years" and "Malcolm in the Middle" (and perhaps even "My So-Called Life").
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Those first fugues into Don's hidden past are not the most inviting way into a new season, however. Mad Men is essentially one long flashback, an artfully imagined historic re-enactment of an era when America was a soaring superpower feeling its first shivers of mortality.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Sons of Liberty isn’t history exactly, but it’s a well-made dramatization that brings history to life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Recount, an astute and deliciously engrossing film on HBO this Sunday night, retells the tale of Florida in all its bizarre and inglorious moments, from haggling over the “hanging chad” and “butterfly ballots” to the ruckus between the Florida secretary of state, Katherine Harris, and the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Now they are the last blinkered women in the bunker, hoarding designer shoes and awaiting an Evite back to the glamorous life. They don't belong there, and that's what makes them so welcome.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Fringe invokes some of the sillier forms of television devices-- teleportation, psychokinesis, transmogrification and even bionic prostheses--but still manages to seem smart and stylish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    It's the Lovings, not Loving v. Virginia, that hold our attention. Their reticence, even under such close camera scrutiny, is intriguing and even charming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Housewives of New Jersey is more farcical, less phony and a lot more fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is part spy spoof, part workplace comedy, and it is a genuinely engaging homage to the nerd hero.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Now it's a compliment to say that Season 3 does: Paul's relationships with his new patients are as finely etched as before. The writing may seem a little less sophisticated--each session offers incremental insights about the patient that can seem a bit pat or forced--but over all In Treatment is still an absorbing dramatization of psychotherapy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Masters of Sex does an elegant job of reframing their [Masters and Johnson's] strange, complicated and at times deeply cynical partnership into a twisted but intriguing love story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Lone Star offers an amusing and novel television conceit, but in an age of Enron and Bernard Madoff, it takes a very persuasive actor to keep viewers rooting for a swindler. Mr. Wolk is well cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Durham County, in short, is very, very creepy and unsettling, and entirely addictive, a modern murder mystery with a touch of Patricia Highsmith misanthropy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    The series embraces the absurdities of its subject with enough compassion to avoid outright parody.

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