Alessandra Stanley

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For 505 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 2.2 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 505
505 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The show's main characters are all too familiar.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Cox is strangely wooden and bland.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The alchemy is imperfect. Rescue Me is worthy and at times engrossing, but not addictive. Viewers can appreciate the effort -- this is an atonal love song to New York firefighters -- without feeling any need to see the next episode. By the end of the first we know where this is all headed, so pleasure really depends on how much we enjoy the ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The cinematography is striking, as always; the sets and costumes remain as telling as the dialogue--this is when Peter Max was on the cover of Life magazine. But many of the characters are repeating themselves or pedaling in place, and the historic underlay that was once so piquant is now dreary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    In this version, Mrs. Harris, at times appealing, at other times brittle and censorious, is hard to fathom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The second season has style and suspense, but it’s harder to keep viewers guessing when the characters are so familiar, and the time-scrambling format is no longer as novel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Desperate Housewives" is entertaining, but it turns the clock back to pre-Betty Friedan America, lampooning four bored, frustrated, white upper-middle-class ladies who lunch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Wyatt's story falls together a little too neatly.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Lacks bite.... The series aspires to pick up where 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park' left off, but many of its jokes and cultural references seem off. [4 Feb 2005]
    • The New York Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    A smart look at political power brokers that gets silly on the subjects of sex and violence.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Chemistry is supposed to be the binding element of “Standoff,” and the two leads, while appealing in their own right, seem neither well matched nor sufficiently mismatched.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    John Adams is the weakest part of John Adams.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    The hallucination conceit is strange but not necessarily horrible.... The problem with “Raines” is that it tries too hard to be too many things at once.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    "Broken Trail" is not as well written or compelling as "Lonesome Dove," but Mr. Duvall brings an earthy believability to even the most plodding lines.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Manichaean characters work on soap operas as long as they come with plenty of machinations. Unfortunately, there are no J. R.’s in sight on Cane, and the one Samuels with Alexis Carrington potential, Ellis, is played by a surprisingly subdued Polly Walker.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It is louder, bolder and more lurid than the original, and also more boring.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The third season doesn’t just stretch credulity, it tries patience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    CBS, which had promoted the show as almost exactly that ["Lord of the Flies" for voyeurs], backed down, explaining that Kid Nation was really more of a 40-day character-building exercise, like Outward Bound, but with camera crews and off-camera supervisors. And of course, it turned out to be a little of both, but mostly neither.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    NBC's teasers for The Apprentice: Martha Stewart had hinted that she would make heads roll and grown men cry. But the premiere episode was a gauzy tribute to her life's work, an evening-wear version of frilly, fun-loving "Martha," Ms. Stewart's new daytime talk show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It's a delicious immorality play with an excellent cast, but the tempo is slow and oddly ponderous--a romp slowed down to a dirge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Without Zoe Barnes, prostitutes, corrupt lobbyists and dissipated members of Congress to perk up the landscape as in seasons past, the show feels monotonous. It certainly looks it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    "Rollergirls" takes heroic steps to go beyond the silliness and try to understand and ennoble players, but the subject is just not worth so much effort.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The creators of “Jericho” deserve some credit for beginning where most thrillers end. But they rely too much on melancholy pop music to paper over weaknesses in the writing and characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This nine-episode series is maddeningly and needlessly opaque, and so deferential to the rites and rituals of the track that the storytelling is labored and even joyless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The show's characters are flat and so is the writing, but there is something universally appealing about blood, guts and a rushing gurney. There is no Dr. Feelgood in House, but the patients' symptoms provide a little consolation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an impressive cast and a perfectly good premise, but for some reason, Thursday’s pilot episode is not very funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    The first few episodes of Ray Donovan are disappointing--grandiose, predictable and painfully slow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The casting of the leads is a bit disappointing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Viewers are treated to the spectacle of teenagers who can freely roam New York unsupervised by parents or teachers, tethered, by their own volition, to the strict rules and unyielding cliches of a Bravo reality show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    Nip/Tuck proves its own point: Plastic surgery isn’t magic. At some point the cracks beneath the surface and other signs of age will out.

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