Alessandra Stanley
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For 468 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 3
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 468
468 tv reviews
    • 13 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Sometimes the humor is so heavy-handed that it seems almost like self-parody.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Alessandra Stanley
    [A] tepid, paint-by-numbers series.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Romijn's hourlong show tries to combine the arch satire of "Desperate Housewives" with the chick-lit romance of "Grey's Anatomy," and falls short of both.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    ABC Family means well but could not have done worse. Secret Life doesn’t take the fun out of teenage pregnancy, it takes the fun out of television.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The writing is not witty enough to carry the material, which is not even very original.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Kelley is a gifted television producer, and “The Wedding Bells” has funny moments, but this series is not a labor of love. It’s a labored effort to simulate romance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Ethel is tone-deaf and maddeningly incomplete.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Offers a ho-hum monster and the kind of stock characters that we've seen too many times before.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The pilot is not very funny or at all surprising.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream is as contrived as “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” but probably for good reason it is neither daring nor entirely truthful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters and mishaps on The Goldbergs are predicable, and the writing isn’t clever enough to overcome clichés.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Alessandra Stanley
    Hellcats is basically a soft-porn music video for teenagers.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The family dynamic is not unlike the one on “Arrested Development,” only Working the Engels leaves out the humor, inventiveness and sophistication. “Zany” is a word that mostly applies to antic comedy that isn’t funny, and that includes Working the Engels.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    A tepid knockoff of "Sex and the City."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The producers didn't have any difficulty recruiting a gaggle of vain, vulgar spendthrifts willing to hiss, preen and cry on cue for the camera.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    In short, it’s a well-intended mess of a show with preposterous medical emergencies and a few flickers of ingenuity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The series is sentimental in a sleek way, and there are surface glints of humor in the script, but mostly, "Brian" is a blander, less distinctive version of "Thirtysomething."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The creators of Mental couldn’t take Gallagher any further up the mean-spirited scale, so instead they went too far in the other direction and ran smack into cliché.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The Deep End is a pale imitation without smart writing, imaginative casting or even a clever conceit.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    "Twins" is supposed to be a light-hearted comedy, but there is something ineffably sad about Ms. Griffith's struggle to cheat time, a real-life version of the HBO satire "The Comeback."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    It should be funnier, but aptly enough, the pilot fails by also clumsily trying too hard, pushing what should be lighthearted portraits of insecure, inadequate mothers into grotesque caricatures.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a dead bore, weighed down by bad writing and a plodding performance by Mr. Corbett, who is to film noir what saltpeter is to sexual attraction.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    American television, while not quite as efficient [as waste recyclers in Mumbai shantytowns], also has a rather impressive way of recycling dirt. The Governor’s Wife, a new reality series starting Sunday on A&E, is a case in point.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Alessandra Stanley
    It is a male version of “The Golden Girls,” but with weaker writing, and older viewers are not saps.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    It marks a return to the 80's era of "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing," when the prime-time landscape was dotted with lurid, silly soap operas that provided the kind of catty catharsis that regular shows neglect.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The film's real failure is that it's not terrible enough. Instead it is a respectful and oddly cramped tribute to the legendary love affair between Taylor and Richard Burton that isn't vulgar enough to be entertainingly campy and is too wedded to the myth to riff imaginatively on the couple's gaudy, outsize celebrity.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    “Identity” is to game shows what a gastric bypass is to dieting: a choice that defies convention and social niceties.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    There are some funny lines, but not nearly enough. Material that is meant to be anarchic mostly comes across as obvious and boorish.

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