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 Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 470
470 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    This is a smart, informative and compassionate look at the artist known as the Godfather of Soul, whose music changed America.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "24" still provides an irresistible blend of iPodish computer wizardry and "Perils of Pauline" cliffhanger suspense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Despite the repetitions, the first four episodes are slick, fast-paced and engrossing, but that’s not new either.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The first three episodes are beguiling enough to suggest that beneath the show's mystique there is a mystery worth puzzling. But there is also the mystery of how long viewers' curiosity can stay piqued.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Even familiar plot points are told in the expertly spooky Bruckheimer style.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Kring has assured interviewers and fans that the third season will correct those mistakes and recover the fast-paced suspense and tension of the first season. The premiere episode lives up to that pledge, with lots of violence, special effects and laser-fast editing. The plot and ever-escalating conspiracies are hard to follow, but even first-time viewers can easily get the gist.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    'Reno 911!' is not as ambitious or witty as Comedy Central's best offering, 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.' It is not as wickedly funny as 'The Office,' a parody of office life in a dull corporate outpost of London, on BBC America. But it is in the same tradition, and in the same spirit. And that is close enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    As silly as [it] sounds, the series is actually pretty good.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    'Unscripted' is a small thing, but it has funny and clever moments. [7 Jan 2005]
    • The New York Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Sleeper Cell" is better than "24."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    “Weeds” is still an outstanding show, but it would be better if it didn’t push so hard to stand out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot's mutilated corpse and offbeat clues are intriguing, and Ms. Sedgwick has a compelling screen presence, though her accent is too generic to pass as authentic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is smart and engrossing, though not in a particularly novel way, and that is not a bad thing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Well written and playful with its premise.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Modern Men" is funny, but it is actually all about role reversal, depicting an imaginary world in which young men are as deeply concerned about their love lives and future spouses as women are.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's funnier than a similar new Fox sitcom, "Free Ride," about a college graduate who moves back in with his parents. Partly that is because "The Loop" has a faster pace and bolder writing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Johnson is surprisingly deft, and even at times poignant, in the part. Even when the plot and other characters turn cartoonish, he manages to strike a deeper chord.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Not all the jokes are funny, but the characters are winningly unlovable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's... a lot of fun: "The O.C." for the Stanley H. Kaplan set.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Threshold" holds back more than it reveals, and that is the right contingency plan for a successful science fiction thriller.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    It's an enjoyable, intriguing look at what can happen to a group of ordinary, cash-strapped people who wake up one day as multimillionaires.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Pleasant to watch.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Random 1" is not nearly as melodramatic [as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"], but it doesn't manufacture its miracles. It offers small, random acts of kindness, and that is sometimes a much better deal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Day Break" has enough suspense and clever turns to tempt viewers to stay and see how the next day breaks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Woods has found a television role that suits his gift and runs away with it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    “Kidnapped,” which is filmed with a keener intelligence [than "Jericho"] and elegant restraint, focuses on a much smaller catastrophe and finds more to say.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Icy-dry satire laced with moments of farce and inspired lunacy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The first episode of “Traveler” is well made and quite gripping.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The break-in may never take place, but the characters are appealing, and the writing is spirited enough to carry the sitcom at least for a while.

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